Skip to main content

Mid-Summer Bruiser

Mid-Summer Bruiser
41.5 Inch Pike

Timothy Steinmetz

Escanaba Michigan



This afternoon I decided to try a little pike fishing on Little Bay de Noc. It was a cloudy, overcast day — the kind of day that seems to bring out the big pike even during the most inopportune times of the year, such as early August. I just had a feeling as I was trailering the boat to the launch that I was going to get a big one. It didn't take long either. I started casting a White Cabela's Pike/Musky Spinnerbait over some weeds in about eight feet of water. Within 15 minutes this bruiser clobbered it within 10 feet of the boat. Due to the fish's close proximity I didn't get much of a fight out of her. She had time for a couple of headshakes, but that was about it. I was very quick to get the net under her. I followed typical musky handling techniques, removing the hook with the fish still in the water, then cradling her into the boat for a measurement and a couple quick pictures. After that she was released as good as new. She measured up at 41.5 inches, my biggest so far this year. To my surprise, this fish wasn't the end of the excitement for the day. Within a couple of hours I tied into another bruiser pike in a different location. This one nailed a Red and White Cabela's Canadian Pike Spoon, and measured up at 39 inches — one inch short of a second Master Angler catch! In closing, I would just like to state that I underestimated the power of a dark, gloomy day in mid-summer. I not only caught one big pike like I envisioned, I got two! This of course being the time of year that most anglers in my area don't think pike fishing is worth the effort.

Species: Northern Pike

Date Caught: 08/06/2013


Kept / Released: Released

Region of Catch: Region 5

Length: 41.5 Inches


Weight:

Lure / Bait used: Lure | 1.25 oz White Spinnerbait

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Channel Cats on Ice

Channel Cats on Ice

The In-Fisherman staff reveals some of the hottest action of the winter season, as they show how to ice 20-pound channel catfish.

Drop-Shotting For Smallies

Drop-Shotting For Smallies

The In-Fisherman crew head to Lake Erie to catch smallmouth bass.

The True Story of the Bass Boat Hero Who Broke the Internet

The True Story of the Bass Boat Hero Who Broke the Internet

“If that engine starts without my kill switch on, I ain't the one driving it,” Blake Broussard says after ejection video goes viral.

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

The Hobie MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system is the pinnacle of kayak control with more efficient fin designs, glide technology and allows the boat to be moved in any direction.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Bass rigs can be simple or complex, but most have evolved to include multiple variations.Bass Rigs You Need to Be Fishing Bass

Bass Rigs You Need to Be Fishing

Matt Straw

Bass rigs can be simple or complex, but most have evolved to include multiple variations.

The Hobie MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system is the pinnacle of kayak control with more efficient fin designs, glide technology and allows the boat to be moved in any direction.Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power Accessories

Hobie MirageDrive 360 Kayak Propulsion: Amazing Control and Power

OSG Editorial Staff - November 01, 2020

The Hobie MirageDrive 360 pedal propulsion system is the pinnacle of kayak control with more...

To guide your carp quest, we've lined up the best carp baits that are easy-to-fish natural baits and commercial options.10 Best Carp Baits Available Today Carp

10 Best Carp Baits Available Today

Dan Johnson

To guide your carp quest, we've lined up the best carp baits that are easy-to-fish natural...

While northern pike abound throughout Canada, there's something remarkable about Saskatchewan.Saskatchewan: The Place In Canada for Trophy Pike Canada

Saskatchewan: The Place In Canada for Trophy Pike

Dave Csanda

While northern pike abound throughout Canada, there's something remarkable about Saskatchewan.

See More Trending Articles

More Master Angler



Jared Gibbs
chillicothe Il

This summer I have been throwing what most Bass fisherman in theBIG BASS DREAMING Master Angler

BIG BASS DREAMING

August 14, 2013

Jared Gibbs chillicothe Il This summer I have been throwing what most Bass fisherman in the



Christopher Pereira
Hopatcong New Jersey

...had the whole lake to myself...cloud cover, lightMusky Rage! Master Angler

Musky Rage!

September 17, 2013

Christopher Pereira Hopatcong New Jersey ...had the whole lake to myself...cloud cover,...



Alan Jensen
Tekamah Nebraska

51-inch Musky caught on August 4, 2013 on Man lake near51-inch Musky Master Angler

51-inch Musky

August 23, 2013

Alan Jensen Tekamah Nebraska 51-inch Musky caught on August 4, 2013 on Man lake near



Christopher Pereira
Hopatcong New Jersey

I head out without my camera just to test some newFigures... Master Angler

Figures...

August 26, 2013

Christopher Pereira Hopatcong New Jersey I head out without my camera just to test some new

See More Master Angler

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the In-Fisherman App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All In-Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now