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Big Winter Pike!

1/22/05 Braving a Blizzard I caught & Released a 32" - 38" & 39" Pike within three hours of fishing!

One of the best times to catch really big Northern Pike is now. And in Febuary the fish are at their fattest so it's your chance at a 20lber!

It seems most fishermen use "Golden Shinners" as their only choice for a live minnow at this time of year. These are not native to any of the lakes I fish. My choice is always a Tip up and a large sucker for the biggest Pike. A big key to my success includes using a 20lb test mono leader! I like to use as long a leader as I can. 6 feet if fishing in about nine feet of water. I use a small swivel to connect my black dacron line to the mono lead & a #4 treble hook. Make sure the swivel is not in the spool but hanging below the tip-up. This helps keep your line from tangling.

It is very important not to set the hook hard, you will cut the line. By adding presure to the line and starting a steady retrieve of the line while a pike is running, the hook sets itself. Let the fish run when he wants and retrieve the line when you can, until he tires and can be landed. Be patient! If the fish swallows the hook just cut the line before release.

These tips are my keys to consistent big fish. They work anywhere! If you fish in an area that gets alot of preasure give this a try, I bet YOU will have all the action!

- Rick Domini

* 10/05/2013
   Persistence pays off with two nice Muskie
* 03/23/2013
   2012 Season Recap
* 04/01/2012
   40 Years on the Flambeau Chain
* 11/20/2011
   Late fall = Fast action for Smallmouth Bass
* 11/19/2010
   2010 Year of the Big Walleye for Domini boys!
* 12/17/2009
   Summer Peak & Predicting the Hot Bite!
* 07/19/2009
   Summer Peak
* 10/15/2008
   Big Fall Smallmouth!!
* 06/16/2008
   Walleye bite is on!
* 05/08/2008
   The Chain is finally open!
* 11/04/2007
   Smallmouth Grandslam!
* 01/30/2007
   Non moon phase trophy !
* 01/19/2007
   Safe Ice and good fishing are finally here!
* 11/08/2006
   Post Turnover Smallmouth
* 10/11/2006
   Turnover is here!
* 05/21/2006
   Cold Water Temps
* 04/23/2006
   ICE OFF CHAIN BY 4/15/06
* 10/23/2005
* 10/04/2005
   Warm Water / Slow Fishing should come to an end soon!
* 08/05/2005
   Full Moon, hot weather turn on the Big Smallmouth !
* 06/27/2005
   Full Moon + Moon Rise = Success!
* 02/07/2005
   Two Trophy Pike!
* 01/24/2005
   Big Winter Pike!
* 09/19/2004
   Big Crawlingstone comes through again!
* 09/05/2004
   The August Full Moon!
Great Guide Tips on catching big muskies, walleye and bass. Focus on the Flambeau Chain of Lakes.
* 05/03/2015
   2015 Walleye size limit has changed!
* 10/04/2013
   Late, Turnover Bigins
* 06/08/2013
   Cold Water!
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