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Really big pike for Fish of the Week: Not too young for a fish of a lifetime

Guide Perry Jones with the 50-inch northern pike caught by Lucas Smeds.
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Lucas Smeds of Northbrook caught a 50-inch northern pike on the annual family trip to Canada. He’s in back with guide Perry Jones holding the lifetime fish.

“We’ve gone to Wollaston Lake Lodge every year for the last eight years and I’ve been going with my father for 18 years,’’ Brad Smeds said. “The fishing is unbelievable! Ten years ago I caught a 49 3/4-inch pike. So needless to say, my son’s been rubbing it in!’’

Brad did have the solace of catching a 45-inch pike on a fly rod. (See below.)

Brad Smeds with his big northern pike on a fly with guide Perry Jones.<br>Provided
Brad Smeds with his big northern pike on a fly with guide Perry Jones.
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FOTW, the celebration of big fish and their stories around Chicago fishing, runs Wednesdays on the Sun-Times’ outdoors page. Submit nominations on Facebook (Dale Bowman), on Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (straycasts@sbcglobal.net).