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Tuckahoe Joe

Caught My First Chain Pickerel Today!

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Went to a new lake today. Hadn't been there for 5 minutes when I caught this guy. Felt a couple light taps and then my bait started to swim away to the right. Set that hook and let me tell you this fish was a fighter. I know some of you don't like pickerel but it was my first so I was excited. Turned out to be the only fish of the day but thats better than being skunked.

Oct. 11, 2012   Smithville Lake

Oct. 11, 2012   Smithville Lake (2)

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Hey, it's a fish! And a toothy one that puts up a decent fight. Congrats.

When I don't target them, I don't like it when they steal a bait. But that said, I've caught two big picks at a couple of my favorite laydowns the last two times I've been there. Both times I thought they were bass at first, and each was hovering at the 3 lb mark, so nothing to sneeze at.

I prefer to unhook 'em and let 'em go from the net if I can. Handled enough to hate the slime. Not as bad as the American Eel slime, tho.

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I put him back after the photos. Definitly didn't expect them to be that slimy.

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