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picking up pickerel

Postby BlueHeron » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:42 pm

home early today. Some nice enounters with the local fauna.
back yard was loaded with birds till they all scattered in a flash - I just cought sight of the sharp shinned hawk wheeling to follow.
Threw a lure from the dock for 20 minutes around 4 pm and pcked up 4 pickeral from 12 to 18 inches. had several more hits, so they were definitely in there pretty good. just used a spinning rod - as the obstacles to fly casting from our dock are numerous.
Nice winter day.
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Re: picking up pickerel

Postby Emerson » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:47 am

Nice fun..... :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Dave,
Just out of curiosity, how far out in the bay have you guys caught pickerel?
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Re: picking up pickerel

Postby kendalloz » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:53 am

:D

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Re: picking up pickerel

Postby BlueHeron » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:38 pm

E- have never fished or heard of anyone fishing for them outside of the Severn river (or similar rivers ).
Even here they are mostly in the coves and creeks, not the main part of the river.
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Re: picking up pickerel

Postby Cutter » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:51 am

E,
Pickerel fishing here is all about salinity. On wet years they will be found further out in the river. On a very dry year all the big ones will die and it will take a couple recovery years to see fish over 20 inches. When Marty Gary from DNR run the tagging study it became obvious this is a very small number of fish in isolated environments. Think of each creek as an isolated pond. Recapture rates were high and movement was measurable in yards over years. Very interesting and fragile fishery.

Dave, got room in the skiff this weekend?
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Re: picking up pickerel

Postby Emerson » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:32 am

That is why I was asking. I thought that Dave is close enough to the bay to get a very high level of salinity. At least high enough to keep fresh water species away. And I was wondering just how close to the bay these pickerel can live. It is fairly remarkable that they can live in his area at all! Interesting!
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