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ben306
05-21-2009, 08:35 PM
Any one fancy joining me, Im heading over tomorrow during the day as Ive got the day off work and the girlfriend is at work so sneaking out.

Ill be there from mid morning to late afternoon as Im out on the pop when Carolann (GF) finishes work so meeting her after work.

Im the fat bloke with black cap and camo rucksack.

Fhernando
05-22-2009, 10:42 AM
Damm!!! I wish I could Join in... Unfortunately my day starts around 1p.m. until god knows when.
My brother and I will be heading over to the Island tomorrow around 10am. Good luck today, and I'll tell you how the outing goes tomorrow.

Cheers,

Anyone else planning a trip to the Island tomorrow?

Clive
05-22-2009, 06:06 PM
Howd it go out there today?

jwm
05-22-2009, 10:34 PM
I will probably be on the islands saturday or sunday. Not sure what day yet, possibly both.

ben306
05-23-2009, 03:51 PM
Well my best day yet, managed 6 pike in total, all taken on spinners but smaller ones like Id use back home in the UK, mepps size 2 in silver and bronze got most with a bright yellow/red getting one, 4 of them where only 2-3 lbs each but good fun, one about 6lb and the last about 10lb, also managed a carp from the swan pond, about 14-15lb and what I think was a sheephead.

Was there from 10 - 3.30 and got most of the fish when there was cloud cover. also hooked into 2 larger ones but they pulled the hook before I could land them, also getting a number of follows.

Didnt get pics other than one of the earlier fish as my phone battery died :-( but the warm weather has definately got them going.

Woody
05-23-2009, 03:55 PM
Deffo sounds like a top day Ben, you wont want to come home at this rate!

jwm
05-23-2009, 05:07 PM
Thats great to hear! I will be on the islands tomorrow (Sunday).

araret
05-23-2009, 07:45 PM
I went out today (saturday) and I'd have to say the morning was pretty sad...

I tried the HD pike video's place in the morning and I lured out a pretty big pike, but it didn't properly bite the lure and then spat it out. Then it just swam around in a circle showing off its HUGE body, and then went away :(

After that there were a string of strikes but none of them hooked in properly...

Then in the afternoon with a bit of cloud cover I got my 1st pike southwest of great white bridge. Then, I returned to the HD video's place and got my 2nd pike. The second pike was pretty heavy, and in the beginning I thought it was a carp or something because it wouldn't move no matter how hard I pull.

Also, I'm starting to notice that some pikes have patches of injuries... I've caught a pike on tuesday which had an entire patch of scale and skin completely gone (just white flesh showing), about the size of a toonie. It also has red marks on the bottom fins and 1/10th of its tail is gone.

For my 2nd pike today, the same thing happened. It had a large round patch of scale completely blood red and has white mucus over it, and has red marks on the bottom fin and is missing 1/10th of its tail.

Maybe pike are fighting it out between themselves? Or maybe a bowfin defending eggs?

Master Basser
05-24-2009, 03:02 PM
Congrats...I am going to be out there monday morning, and possiibly tuesday as well, if anyones going I will see ya there.

jwm
05-27-2009, 06:50 PM
Also, I'm starting to notice that some pikes have patches of injuries... I've caught a pike on tuesday which had an entire patch of scale and skin completely gone (just white flesh showing), about the size of a toonie. It also has red marks on the bottom fins and 1/10th of its tail is gone.

For my 2nd pike today, the same thing happened. It had a large round patch of scale completely blood red and has white mucus over it, and has red marks on the bottom fin and is missing 1/10th of its tail.

Maybe pike are fighting it out between themselves? Or maybe a bowfin defending eggs?


We've seen lots of pike with battle damage on the islands. I cant speak for sure what theyre from but it looks to me like a battle with probably another pike. Pike here are very aggressive and are very opportunistic even to the point of cannibalism.

I'd like to see a photo though, if it was a perfectly round wound it may have been a lamprey.

KenReece
05-28-2009, 08:53 AM
I believe I read somewhere that those marks you are seeing come from spawning battles. The males will stay close to the females moving into the shallows, and the reason they hit each other is for dominance. It makes sense to me because Pike are not territorial, and I usually only see the fresh marks in the spring and when fishing in fall seems the marks have healed up some.