There are surprises while fishing, and there are big surprises. Take the northern pike that Chicagoan Danny Napleton caught at 95th Street over the weekend while fishing for coho.
That’s a good pike, considering it was his first one.
“A slow retrieve of a green and silver spoon did the trick,’’ his buddy Pat Wilkins emailed. “Not a coho, but it was a good consolation prize!’’
Because they “let her go to be caught another day,’’ Wilkins emailed that “unfortunately, we did not get a chance to measure it. Certainly looked to be 35-36 inches, but man was it fat. Had to have been close to 14-15 lbs.”
He also sent along some more details.
“He was fishing behind us and said he had something,” Wilkins emailed. “Turning around expecting to see his rod dancing from a 2 pound coho, it was doubled over from something big. We were able to get it in the net after a good fight, luckily it did not break him off.
“He started fishing the lakefront with a few of us within the last year and certainly has caught the fishing bug. He wants to get back out there this week already!”
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