Last week I hit the Toronto Harbour and surrounding areas for a 6-hour Pike fishing charter with the Gaulke family from Kansas. Congratulations to 14 year old Chris who hooked and boated his very first ever Toronto Pike. Despite a nasty cold front, and some very lethargic and uncooperative Pike we managed to entice a few fish to bite...eventually!
Generally at this time of the year the Pike will not think twice about hitting spinnerbaits and other faster moving baits such as spoons and Storm Kick 'n' Minnows, but these guys had severe lock jaw. We must have seen 30 or 40 good sized Pike over the course of the day, we even dropped soft plastics in front of them but they would litereally move out of the way of the bait, and they definitely had zero interest in eating. It's almost surreal to see these generally aggressive predators display such disinterest in a free meal. Very frustrating to say the least, but hey... that's fishing.
A slow twitch and pause retrieve with the Rapala Husky Jerks (HJ12) was the key to getting a few of these brutally inactive fish to eventually bite.
I'd like to give a shout out to the Gaulke family for hanging in there with me all day, their patience and persistence paid off eventually.
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