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Ice Fishing Huge PIKE on Tip Ups – Northern Manitoba – Jason Mitchell Outdoors

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Ice Fishing Huge PIKE on Tip Ups – Northern Manitoba – Jason Mitchell Outdoors

(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> MANITOBA’S HAD A HUGELY POPULAR PROGRAM CALLED THE MASTER ANGLER PROGRAM WHERE YOU CAN GET CERTIFICATION OR RECOGNITION FOR 30 DIFFERENT SPECIES OF FISH WHERE YOU HAVE MINIMAL LAKE MEASUREMENTS WHERE YOU TAKE A PICTURE OF THE FISH, HORIZONTAL LIP, RELEASE THE FISH.

JUST ENCOURAGE THE CATCH AND RELEASE BECAUSE THESE FISHERIES, IF EVERYBODY CAN RELEASE SOME OF THESE BIG FISH, YOU’RE GONNA HAVE A LOT BETTER FISHING DOWN THE ROAD.

AND THAT’S WHAT THESE PEOPLE UP HERE HAVE DISCOVERED IS TAKE CARE OF THE RESOURCE AND YOU CAN SAFELY SAY THAT THE GOOD OL’ DAYS ARE RIGHT NOW. >> WE JUST HAVE OUR TIP UPS SPREAD OUT OVER THIS BIG AREA.

JUST A BIG SAND FLAT AND IT’S PRETTY MASSIVE. AND THERE’S CLUMPS OF CABBAGES, A WEEDLINE ALONG HERE WHERE THERE’S SOME OLD CABBAGE BEDS THAT WE JUST HAVE THESE TIP UPS ALONG THE EDGES HERE. WE JUST HAVE THEM SPREAD OUT THROUGH HERE.

WE’RE JUST CONTACTING THESE PIKE AS THEY PATROL THROUGH HERE. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU THINK OF MANITOBA, NORTHERN MANITOBA ESPECIALLY, YOU KNOW, YOU THINK OF THAT BIG PIKE. AND THIS IS AN AREA, THIS IS A REGION WHERE I WOULD DARE SAY THAT 45 INCH FISH IS FAIRLY COMMON.

AND A LOT OF TIMES, YOU KNOW, YOU’RE CHASING THAT 50 INCH FISH IN SOME OF THESE LAKES. AND SO, YOU KNOW, YOU JUST CATCH THESE BIG FISH. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, WHO DOESN’T LOVE BIG FISH? CATCH THEM THROUGH THE ICE AND IT’S JUST AS GOOD AS IT GETS.

HAND TO HAND COMBAT. THAT LINE JUST CUTS UP YOUR HANDS. I LOVE IT. >> SO WHAT WE’VE DONE TODAY IS WE’VE DRILLED A WHOLE BUNCH OF HOLES, 12 HOLES BECAUSE THAT’S HOW MANY LINES YOU’RE ALLOWED, 2 LINES PER ANGLER, AND DID THEM IN A BIG OVAL.

WE’VE GOT OUR HUB SHACKS SET UP IN THE MIDDLE WITH THE HEATER ON. SO WE’RE FISHING TODAY FOUR TO TEN FEET OF WATER, THEN WE’RE USING CISCO AND HERRING. WE’RE PUTTING THEM ANYWHERE FROM ONE FOOT OFF BOTTOM TO HALFWAYS UP THE WATER COLUMN.

SOMETIMES THOSE PIKE ARE CRUISING ABOVE WEEDS, AND SO YOU WANNA MAKE SURE SINCE YOUR BAITS ARE HIGHER THEY’LL LOOK UP AND SEE IT AGAINST THE ICE AND STRIKE IT OR THEY’RE CRUISING RIGHT AGAINST THE BOTTOM DEPENDING ON THE PRESSURE SYSTEM AND HOW THE FISH ARE ACTING ON THE DAY.

WE HAVE SOME WIND TIP UPS, WE ALSO HAVE STRAIGHT BAR TIP UPS, WE ALSO HAVE THERMAL COVER TIP UPS. WE JUST GOT A WHOLE MIXED BAG OUT HERE. AND SOONER OR LATER, YOU KNOW, WE’RE GONNA FIND SOME BIG FISH.

SO THERE’S A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF BAITS YOU CAN USE. I PERSONALLY LIKE USING CISCO, BUT YOU CAN USE A WHOLE VARIETY OF WHATEVER YOU CAN FIND AT YOUR LOCAL GROCERY STORE OR BAIT TACKLE SHOP. SO YOU CAN USE HERRING, BLUE SCAD, SARDINES, YOU CAN USE MACKEREL.

SO BASICALLY YOU’RE LOOKING FOR AN OILY BAITFISH THAT’S GONNA DISPERSE SCENT AS WELL AS HAVE SOME SILVER SHINE. FLAG! FLAG RIGHT THERE. >> OH, YEAH. HE’S ON THERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> YEAH, THANKFULLY HE’S NOT A GREAT BIG FISH.

YEAH, 27, 28 INCHER. (SPLASH) THERE WE GO. SO IT’S SO KEY WHEN YOU’RE FISHING THIS SHALLOW WATER THAT YOU GOTTA RUN TO THE FLAG, BUT ONCE YOU GET WITHIN THAT TEN YARD RADIUS, JUST MAKE SURE YOU SLOW DOWN AND SNEAK IN.

JUST WALK IN QUIET. AS SOON AS YOU START POUNDING YOUR FEET HARD ON THE SNOW, ON THE ICE, YOU’RE GONNA END UP SPOOKING A LOT OF THOSE FISH AND THEY’LL EITHER RUN HARD WITH THE BAIT OR THEY’LL JUST DROP IT COMPLETELY.

MORE OFTEN THAN NOT WITH THE BIG FISH, WE FOUND THEY’LL END UP DROPPING IT. YOU WON’T EVEN GET A HOOK INTO IT. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> LOOK AT THIS. >> COME ON UP HERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> THERE. >> WHAT YOU GOT THERE, JASON? >> RIGHT IN THE TIP OF THE BEAK.

PERFECT, HUH? >> YEAH. >> THERE ARE A LOT OF THESE IN THIS COUNTRY, THAT’S FOR SURE. >> OH YEAH. YOU’RE GONNA LOSE A FEW POUNDS. GOOD THING WE COOKED YOU GOOD FOOD. >> I’M IN A WORKOUT PROGRAM. >> ABSOLUTELY.

(SIGHS) OH WELL. YOU GOTTA KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE SKIES AROUND HERE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHICH FLAG IS GOING TO BE NEXT. >> YEAH. >> YOU KNOW, YOU LOOK AT ALL THESE LAKES UP HERE AND THEY ALL SEEM TO HAVE PIKE.

IT’S PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST COMMON SPECIES YOU CAN FIND. AS A GENERAL RULE OF THUMB, YOU LOOK AT THE BIGGER BODIES OF WATER THAT HAVE THESE OPEN WATER, COLD WATER BAIT FISH LIKE CISCOS, YOU’RE GONNA FIND REALLY BIG PIKE.

WHAT’S SO COOL ABOUT THIS, YOU GET THESE BIG LAKES, WHENEVER YOU FIND THESE BIG SHALLOW BAYS, YOU KNOW THAT THERE’S GONNA BE PIKE AROUND. AND PROGRAM’S PRETTY SIMPLE, BUT YOU’RE PROBABLY WONDERING WHY ARE WE RUNNING SO MUCH, WHY DO WE HAVE THESE FLAGS SPREAD OUT SO MUCH? YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THESE PIKE ARE ROAMING THROUGH THESE SPOTS.

AND A LOT OF TIMES, PEOPLE THINK OF PIKE AS AN AMBUSH FEEDER WHERE THE PIKE LAYING IN THE WEED BED AND A SUCKER COMES SWIMMING BY AND THE PIKE DASHES OUT AND GRABS IT. SURE, THAT PROBABLY HAPPENS, BUT WHAT YOU SEE HAPPEN THROUGH THESE TIP UPS IS THESE FISH PUSH THROUGH IN WAVES.

THEY’RE ROAMING THESE WEEDLINES. AND SO BY SPREADING THESE TIP UPS OUT, YOU JUST CONTACT THAT MANY MORE FISH BECAUSE THESE FISH ARE JUST FOLLOWING A PATH, THEY’RE FOLLOWING AROUND. AND YOU’RE TRYING TO BE OUT THERE OUT WITH THESE TIP UPS.

AND SO YOU’LL SEE SOME TIP UPS GET REALLY HOT, SOME TIP UPS AREN’T. >> HE’S DOING THE ROLL. >> THE GATOR ROLL. >> JUST A GATOR, YEAH. THEY’RE ROLLING. >> EVERY TIME WE COME TO A HOLE, WE’RE ALL BREATHING HARD.

>> HERE, HE’S COMING. OH, WATCH THE HOOK’S IN HIM. >> YEAH. >> LET HIM SPLASH AROUND THERE UNTIL HE GIVES YOU THE MOMENT RIGHT THERE. JUST LIKE THAT. >> ALL RIGHT. >> AND PLIERS. WHEN YOU’RE USING TIP UPS AT A LOT OF PIKE IN AN AREA.

.. >> POPPED OUT. >> MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL YOUR GEAR WITH YOU AND READY. JUST EASIER ON THE FISH, EASIER ON YOUR STATE OF MIND. PERFECT. JUST LIKE THAT. >> COME OUT OF THERE, ALL RIGHT. >> AWESOME. NICE REPRESENTATIVE OF NORTHERN MANITOBA.

BUT THERE’S BIGGER. WE’LL GET ‘EM. IT’S EARLY. HOW MANY POUNDS HAVE YOU LOST? >> (LAUGHS) ON THE MANITOBA WORKOUT PROGRAM? >> YES. >> PROBABLY A COUPLE. >> WE HAVE THE MASTER ANGLER PROGRAM AND THE MASTER WORKOUT PROGRAM.

ABSOLUTELY. WELL, TODAY WE CAME INTO A GREAT BIG FLAT FEEDER BASE. SO IT’S, THIS BAY ACTUALLY RUNS ABOUT TWO MILES LONG AND THE FISH TRANSITION OVER THE DEEP WATER THAT’S ADJACENT TO IT AND COME INTO THESE BIG FLATS TO FEED ON ALL SORTS OF THINGS.

THERE’S CISCO, THERE’S WHITEFISH AND THERE’S PERCH IN HERE. AND SO WE’RE JUST SETTING UP, WAITING FOR THOSE FISH TO COME THROUGH AND THEN GO BACK OUT. SO YOU KNOW, THAT’S TYPICAL PRECAMBRIAN SHIELD LAKE STYLE WHEN YOU’RE GOING FOR NORTHERN PIKE IS TRYING TO GET INTO THESE BACK SHALLOW BAYS AND JUST WAITING THEM OUT.

SLOW ROLLING. I’M GONNA SPIN A LITTLE BIT LINE OFF. HE’S STILL ON THERE. OH, THIS IS A GOOD FISH. >> GOOD FISH? >> THIS IS A GOOD FISH. >> ALL RIGHT. YEAH, THIS IS THE BIGGEST FISH YET. >> OH, LOOK AT THE WATER.

>> LOOK AT THE WATER BOILING. FISH ISN’T EVEN NEAR YOU YET. LOOK AT THE WATER BOILING. THIS IS A BIG GIRL HERE. >> YEAH, HE’S GOT HIS HEAD STUCK. OH YEAH, WAIT TILL YOU SEE THIS, JASON! (LAUGHTER) >> WHAT A FISH! AWESOME! >> AWESOME FISH.

>> WE JUST BEEN RUNNING AROUND LIKE CRAZY THOSE LAST TEN MINUTES. EVERY TIME WE LOOK… >> YOU KNOW, IT’S FUNNY, YOU ALMOST NEED A HALF HOUR INTERVAL JUST TO KINDA GAIN YOUR STEAM BACK. >> A LOT OF BIG FISH WHEN YOU HOOK INTO THEM HERE, THEY RUN RIGHT INTO THE MUD.

LIKE, THAT’S ALL MUD. THEY JUST BURY THEIR HEAD IN THE MUD AND SOMETIMES YOU THINK YOU ACTUALLY HOOK BOTTOM WITH THE TIP UP RIG. BUT THAT’S JUST THEIR WAY OF TRYING TO GET AWAY. SO THEY DON’T GET UP TOPSIDE LIKE THAT.

>> YEAH, THAT’S THE THING IS YOU CAN COME OUT HERE IN APRIL AND YOU GUYS ARE ICE FISHING SO LATE UP HERE AND PEOPLE ARE PUTTING THEIR STUFF AWAY BACK IN THE STATES… >> YEAH, GETTING READY TO GET THEIR BOATS OUT.

WE STILL HAVE A FULL MONTH OF FISHING TO DO. LET’S GET THIS GUY BACK IN THE WATER. WHAT A FISH. SHE WON’T TAKE ANY TIME AT ALL. SHE’S READY TO GO… (SPLASH) SCARING ME! YOU KNOW, I’LL TAKE IT. >> THAT IS COOL.

>> THAT IS. >> SEE YOUR FINGERTIPS. DO THEY HAVE MARK BURNS ON THEM? >> OH, LOOK, YOU CAN SEE THE LINE THAT WE’VE BEEN RUNNING. THEY ACTUALLY, YEAH, GETTING A LITTLE – MIGHT NEED SOME FIRST AID, WE’RE CATCHING SO MANY BIG FISH RIGHT NOW, BUT THAT’S ALL RIGHT.

>> THAT IS ALL RIGHT. WE’LL TAKE IT. >> WAR WOUNDS ARE GOOD WOUNDS UP HERE. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> WELL, LET’S SEE IF WE CAN GET THIS ONE DOWN AND CATCH A FEW MORE. >> WE GOT MORE FLAGS ON TOP OF THE ICE THAN WE DO IN THE WATER RIGHT NOW.

>> (CHUCKLES) WE DO. ABSOLUTELY WE DO. >> I LOVE FISHING WITH TIP UPS. SO IT BRINGS OUT THAT CAMARADERIE WHERE YOU CAN BRING A BUNCH OF FRIENDS OUT HERE AND JUST SPEND TIME TOGETHER FISHING ON THE ICE.

AND YOU THROW IN THE BIG FISH FACTOR, JUST A GREAT TIME. BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, NO MATTER HOW OLD I GET, THERE’S A COUPLE THINGS I’LL NEVER GET TIRED OF: ONE IS A BOBBER GOING UNDER, THE OTHER THING IS A FLAG GOING UP.

WHEN YOU RUN UP TO THAT FLAG AND THAT SPINDLE’S TURNING, YOU KNOW, YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. IT COULD BE A 20 INCH PIKE THAT’S 2 INCHES AROUND, OR IT COULD BE A 45 INCH PIKE THAT’S 18 INCHES AROUND. I’VE ALWAYS LOVED PIKE FISHING AND I’VE ALWAYS LOVED TIP UPS.

AND SO THIS BRINGS OUT THE KID IN ME, THAT’S FOR SURE. >> LOOK AT THAT. CLEAN OUT THE HOLE WHILE HE’S RUNNING. I’M JUST GONNA LET HIM SLOW DOWN BEFORE I SET IT IN CASE IT’S A BIG FISH OR IT’LL RIP MY.

.. OH, THIS FEELS LIKE A BETTER FISH. >> NICE FISH? >> YEAH, FEELS… (BREATHING HEAVILY) >> JUST PULLING HIM IN. YEAH, HE CHARGED US GOOD. YEAH, HE’S GETTING TIGHT. THAT’S THE ONE WITH THE HOLE. >> HERE SHE COMES.

>> WATCH THE HOOKS. HERE’S ANOTHER NICE NORTHERN. >> THIS PLACE IS JUST FULL OF FISH. >> YEAH! (LAUGHS) YOU START DOUBTING YOURSELF FOR A WHILE WHEN YOU DON’T GET A FLAG FOR SAY, 20 MINUTES. AND YOU THINK, ARE THESE FISH STARTING TO GO? >> YEAH, THEY COME IN WAVES.

>> YEAH. >> THERE SHE GOES. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> SO WHEN YOU’RE TARGETING BIG PIKE, THE NUMBER ONE WAY THAT I LOVE GOING IS WITH THESE BIG TIP UPS. YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE BIG ARBORS YOU CAN HAVE A LOT OF LINE ON AND SOME OF THOSE FISH ARE GONNA RUN REAL FAST.

ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE ALREADY WORKING WITH ONE FISH AND THEN YOU SEE ANOTHER FLAG GOING, IT’S GONNA TAKE YOU A LITTLE WHILE TO GET THERE. SO WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF THAT LINE AND YOU’RE LETTING THEM FREE TAKE IT SO THEY DON’T KNOW THAT THEY’RE ACTUALLY HOOKED YET, YOU’RE JUST PUTTING THE BALL IN YOUR COURT.

SOME DAYS, YOU KNOW, THEY LIKE A LITTLE BIT OF ACTION, SO WHEN YOU’RE WALKING AROUND, JUST PICK UP THIS TIP UP AND DROP IT BACK DOWN AND A LOT OF TIMES AS SOON AS YOU WALK AWAY, THAT FLAG WILL POP. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> SHE’S GETTING CLOSE.

OH YEAH, LOOK AT HERE. THERE! THERE. (EXHALES AND CHUCKLES) THE FAR TIP UP, BRIAN! WE JUST MOVED THIS ONE OVER HERE. >> HOLY…! >> YEAH, I’LL PUT HER IN THE WATER HERE AND WE’LL UNHOOK HER. >> YEAH. THAT’S A NICE FISH.

>> YEAH. ALL RIGHT, THERE. BEAUTIFUL FISH. >> UNBELIEVABLE. WHAT A FISHERY. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> WAVED US GOODBYE. >> GOOD JOB. WELL, WAS THE RUN WORTH IT? >> YEAH. WOW, I LOVED THAT. HAND TO HAND COMBAT.

THEY TAKE OFF, THEY’RE JUST PEELING THAT LINE THROUGH YOUR FINGERS, I DON’T KNOW HOW ANYBODY JUST CAN’T GET A KICK OUT OF THESE FISH. IT’S JUST A BIG, POWERFUL PREDATOR. >> ABSOLUTELY, YEAH. >> COOL FISH.

>> IT’S AWESOME. OH, YOU ALWAYS GOTTA KEEP LOOKING, THOUGH. ONCE YOU START, FLAGS START GOING AGAIN, YOU’RE… >> YEAH, THEY KINDA COME IN SPURTS, DON’T THEY? >> YEAH. >> YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY FIRST BUILT ROADS UP IN THIS COUNTRY, PEOPLE DISCOVERED SOME OF THESE FISHING DESTINATIONS AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COMING UP HERE FOR GENERATIONS.

AND USUALLY IT’S THE REMOTENESS IS WHAT KEPT THESE FISHERIES SO GOOD. BUT BACK IN THE DAY WHEN PEOPLE HAD DISCOVERED SOME OF THESE LAKES, THEY’D COME IN A CATCH A BUNCH OF FISH AND THEN END UP BRINGING BACK A BUNCH OF FISH AND EATING THEM.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT PEOPLE DISCOVERED OVER TIME IS THESE LAKES CAN ALSO BE REALLY FRAGILE. SO WHAT’S REALLY COOL ABOUT THIS DESTINATION RIGHT NOW IS THAT THE FISHING IS STILL GOOD. THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS RIGHT NOW AND IT’S BECAUSE OF GOOD CONSERVATION PRACTICES.

AND BASICALLY WHAT WE’VE DISCOVERED IS IF YOU HANDLE THESE FISH WHILE RELEASING A BIG PORTION OF THEM, YOU KNOW, JUST EAT WHAT YOU NEED, THESE FISHERIES REMAIN TREMENDOUS. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> IT’S GOOD AND SPOOLED.

(BREATHING HEAVILY) >> I’M GONNA THROW THE LINE THE OTHER WAY, HERE. YOU KNOW, IT’S A BAD SIGN WHEN THE TIP UP’S HEAVY? (LAUGHTER) HERE SHE COMES. OH YEAH, NICE… >> NICE FISH! >> NICE PIKE, NICE PIKE.

>> I DIDN’T EXPECT IT. (LAUGHS) >> YEAH, I WASN’T EITHER. >> THAT’S AWESOME! OH, MAN. >> WE’RE TRYING TO TAKE A BREAK, AND EVERY TIME WE SIT DOWN, WE LOOK OVER AND THERE’S A FLAG UP. THAT FISH DIDN’T EVEN HARDLY FIGHT.

>> NO. >> I THOUGHT I HAD A BUNCH OF CABBAGE WRAPPED UP IN IT. >> ALL RIGHT, LET’S DIP HER IN THE WATER HERE. IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF THESE FISH. WE’RE GONNA PUT HER IN THE WATER, KEEP HER WET, HAVE OUR TOOLS ON US.

I’LL OPEN HER MOUTH HERE IF YOU CAN JUST POP THOSE HOOKS OUT. >> THERE’S ONE, THERE’S TWO. >> ALL RIGHT. YOU KNOW, AND THE BIG THING WITH THESE FISH IS YOU KNOW, YOU CAN GET A PICTURE WITH THEM, MAKE SURE YOU HOLD THEM HORIZONTAL.

SUPPORT THE FISH. GET YOUR THUMB AND YOUR HANDS JUST IN THEIR GILL PLATE. YOUR HANDS AREN’T IN THEIR GILLS, THAT WAY YOU’VE GOT CONTROL OF THE FISH. AND GET ‘EM BACK IN THE WATER RIGHT AWAY. A LOT OF THESE FISH ARE PRETTY OLD.

SHE’LL TAKE OFF RIGHT AWAY. A LOT OF THESE FISH ARE PRETTY OLD. AND IT’S PARAMOUNT THAT NOT ONLY DO YOU RELEASE FISH, BUT YOU RELEASE THEM SO THAT THEY SURVIVE. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> YOU HAVE LOW SURVIVAL RATES, IT DOESN’T DO ANY GOOD.

YOU CAN PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK ALL YOU WANT. AND YOU KNOW, WE SEE IT SO OFTEN, YOU KNOW. A LOT OF FISHERIES, BIG FISH DESTINATIONS LIKE WE’RE UP HERE UP NORTH HERE AND YOU KNOW, YOU GOT BIG PIKE, LAKE TROUT, WALLEYES.

YOU GO FURTHER SOUTH, LAKE WINNIPEG, YOU KNOW, ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE TAKING PICTURES OF THESE BIG FISH BUT YOU KNOW, IF IT’S 20 BELOW ZERO, THE EYES ARE FROZE OVER, THAT FISH IS FROZEN, IT DOESN’T DO ANY GOOD TO, YOU KNOW – YOU’RE NOT TAKING GOOD ENOUGH CARE OF THE FISH.

AND SO, I THINK WE’VE GOTTEN IT IN PEOPLE’S HEADS THE IMPORTANCE OF CATCH AND RELEASE. NOW THE NEXT STEP IS TODAY’S ICE ANGLERS, IS SHOWING THE PROPER WAYS TO DO IT. AND THE BIG THING IS HORIZONTAL LIFTS, KEEP THE FISH IN THE WATER, KEEP THOSE EYES FROM FREEZING UP AND JUST TAKE CARE OF THOSE FISH.

>> YEAH, IT’S A RESOURCE FOR OUR NEXT GENERATION, NOT JUST FOR US. >> ABSOLUTELY. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> SO THIS TIP UP HASN’T HAD A FISH ALL DAY. THIS IS ITS FIRST FLAG. OH MY GOODNESS, HE’S ALMOST GOT ALL THE LINE OUT.

OH, THIS IS A BIG FISH! (LAUGHS) I THINK THIS IS A BIG FISH. (PANTING) >> HERE WE GO. TAKE SOME MORE LINE, BUDDY. SHOW YOUR STUFF UP. I THINK HE’S A WAYS YET. THIS WAS RIGHT FULL, THIS TIP UP. I AM SEEING WATER.

>> OH, YEAH. (BREATHING HEAVILY) OH WELL, WE’VE GOT – EVERY TIME I GET HIM TO THE BASE OF THE HOLE, HE KEEPS TAKING MORE LINE OUT ON ME, WHICH IS A SIGN OF A BETTER FISH, GENERALLY. WHEN YOU SEE THAT WATER BOILING – OH, THIS IS A LONG RUN.

OKAY, WHEW! YOU KNOW, WHY WE – THIS IS WHY I DO THIS. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GONNA GET OR WHEN THE NEXT TIME YOU GET AN ABSOLUTE GIANT’S GONNA BE. HOLY DINA. HOLY DINA! HERE WE GO. GET UP IN THERE.

DON’T, DON’T, DON’T, COME ON. I’M GONNA HAVE TO LET HIM RUN AGAIN. HE’S GOT HIS – AAH! (GROANS) THEY USE THAT TAIL AGAINST THE BOTTOM OF THE ICE AND IT SUCKS THEMSELVES BACK DOWN. THIS IS A BIG FISH. THIS IS A REALLY BIG FISH.

COME ON. COME ON, BABY. HERE HE IS. LOOK AT THE HEAD ON THAT THING! OH! GOTTA GRAB HIM WHERE HE DON’T HAVE ANY HOOKS. YEAH! (LAUGHS) LOOK AT THAT! LOOK AT THAT! UNBELIEVABLE, UNBELIEVABLE. LOOK AT THE GIRTH ON THAT FISH.

THIS IS UNREAL. LOOK AT THAT! (LAUGHS) WE’RE GONNA GAPE HIM AND GET HIS EYES BACK IN THE WATER. JUST GONNA UNHOOK THIS FISH HERE. ONE HOOK, TWO HOOKS, THERE. WHAT A FISH! OH MAN! THIS IS WHAT NORTHERN MANITOBA IS KNOWN FOR, MONSTER NORTHERN PIKE JUST LIKE THIS.

THE GIRTH ON THIS THING IS INCREDIBLE. UNBELIEVABLE. WE GOTTA GET THIS FISH BACK IN THE WATER. SO I’M JUST GONNA GET HER HEAD STARTED SO SHE DOESN’T THRASH AROUND. LOOK AT THE LENGTH OF THAT. LOOK HOW THICK THAT TAIL IS.

CAN BARELY, I CAN’T EVEN GET MY FINGERS AROUND. UNBELIEVABLE. AND THERE SHE GOES. CAN’T BELIEVE THIS. YOU KNOW, WE CAUGHT SO MANY SMALL FISH, WE JUST WAITED IT OUT. IT’S GETTING A LITTLE LATER IN LIGHT AND THOSE BIG FISH ARE JUST STARTING TO MOVE IN.

AND YOU KNOW, WE’VE GOT MORE LIGHT, SO WE’LL SEE IF WE CAN GET ANOTHER HOG LIKE THAT ON THE TOP SIDE OF THIS ICE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> THAT’S A GOOD FISH. >> YEAH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OH YEAH, THIS IS A GOOD ONE HERE.

>> WHAT DO YOU GOT GOING? BIG ONE? MOVING SOME WATER. THAT’S A GOOD SIGN. >> YEAH, YOU KNOW, WHEN THAT WATER RISES UP AND DOWN AND GETS YOUR KNEES WET. >> YEAH. HERE SHE COMES, HERE SHE COMES. >> IT’S A GOOD FISH.

>> SHE WANTS TO GO. >> PRETTY DIRTY, ISN’T IT? >> YEAH, JUST CAN’T SEE. THERE SHE IS. OKAY, HERE SHE COMES. HERE SHE COMES! LOOK AT HERE, LOOK AT HERE. >> OH, ARE YOU KIDDING ME! >> OH! >> JUST WATCH YOUR HANDS.

DON’T GET A HOOK IN ‘EM. (LAUGHTER) >> THAT IS AWESOME! >> UNBELIEVABLE! >> THAT IS TRULY A GIANT. THAT IS A MONSTER NORTHERN PIKE. >> MANITOBA GATOR RIGHT THERE. LET’S GET HER IN THE WATER HERE. >> YOU BET.

>> AND GET THESE HOOKS OUT. ALL RIGHT. OKAY. ALL RIGHT, WE’LL GIVE HER A DUNK AND WE’LL SHOW HER OFF ONE MORE TIME. WHOO! >> THAT IS AWESOME. GOOD JOB. >> I’M GONNA LET HER GO HERE RIGHT AWAY. >> YEAH.

>> JUST TAKE A QUICK PHOTO, HOLD THEM HORIZONTAL AND GET HER IN THE WATER. AND USUALLY THEY’RE STILL MAD WHEN YOU LET ‘EM GO. >> ABSOLUTELY. THAT IS A SOLID FISH. >> THAT IS A GREAT FISH. >> RIGHT ON! >> WAVE GOT US ON A WHALE.

>> YOU BET. THAT WAS AWESOME, MAN. GIVE ME A FIVE. THAT WAS AWESOME. >> WE’VE CAUGHT SOME GREAT FISH IN HERE. WE CAUGHT A LOT OF FISH TODAY. THERE’S BEEN TIMES WHEN I FELT LIKE LAYING ON MY BACK AND JUST DOING SNOW ANGELS BECAUSE I WAS SO WORE OUT.

BUT I KNEW IF I DID THAT, I’D NEVER BE ABLE TO GET UP AGAIN. BUT JUST INCREDIBLE, YOU KNOW. A BUNCH OF GUYS OUT HERE, THEY GOT TIP UPS SPREAD OUT, FLAGS ARE POPPING, YOU’RE RUNNING, YOU’RE EXERCISING FOR SURE.

GREAT LAUGHS, BIG FISH, GREAT TIMES. NORTHERN MANITOBA, UNBELIEVABLE.

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