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Tip Ups and Big PIKE (Ice Fishing Devils Lake, North Dakota) #bigpike #tipuppike

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Tip Ups and Big PIKE (Ice Fishing Devils Lake, North Dakota) #bigpike #tipuppike

(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> GOT HER! WHOA! THIS IS A BIG GIRL HERE. LOOK AT THIS! HO HO! LOOK AT THAT! THAT IS A PIKE! THAT IS WHY WE’RE HERE RIGHT THERE. THIS IS WHY I LOVE DOING THIS. EVERY TIME A FLAG POPS THIS COULD BE ON THE OTHER END.

UNBELIEVABLE. WHEW! (ICE AUGER RUNNING) >> OKAY, THIRTEEN FEET HERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> WE’RE FISHING FOR BIG TOOTHY CRITTERS HERE TODAY ON DEVILS LAKE. AND THERE’S SOME SURPRISINGLY NICE PIKE IN DEVILS LAKE.

WHAT DO TO THIS IS I’M GOING TO TAKE A PIECE OF RUBBER BAND AND MARK MY DEPTH. JUST A CHEAP EASY WAY TO DO IT. NOW, IF YOU WANT, YOU CAN USE A LEAD DEPTH FINDER WEIGHT TO SET YOUR DEPTHS. I LIKE TO USE A VEXILAR JUST TO SEE IF THERE’S ANY WEEDS DOWN THERE AND JUST TELL EXACTLY HOW HIGH OFF THE BOTTOM I AM.

AND TYPICALLY, YOU KNOW, WE’RE ANYWHERE FROM 13 TO 7 FEET OF WATER AND I WANT TO BE ANYWHERE FROM, OH, TWO TO SOMETIMES SIX FEET OFF THE BOTTOM. EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE I’LL PUT IT RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE ICE TOO.

(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> DEVILS LAKE IS TREMENDOUS PIKE FISHERY AND IF YOU WORK HARD AT IT, I MEAN, YOU HAVE A REALISTIC CHANCE OF CATCHING A FISH OVER 40 INCHES. TARGET THAT MAIN LAKE STRUCTURE, THAT PRIMARY STRUCTURE, ANY TYPE OF A LONG BAR OR REEF THAT COMES OUT AND JUST HAS THAT DEEP WATER PROXIMITY AND SET UP TIP UPS ON IT AND EVERY TIME A FLAG GOES UP YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO CATCH ONE OF THOSE BIG FISH.

(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OH, THERE SHE GOES. (CHUCKLES) (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OH, YEAH! HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OH, COME ON UP HERE. THAT IS A SOLID FISH. COME HERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> THERE! LOOK AT THAT.

BOY, LOOK AT THAT. RIGHT IN THE TIP OF THE JAW. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> NICE START. THAT’S JUST A SOLID, SOLID, RESPECTABLE FISH. GET THAT FISH BACK IN THE WATER. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> THERE SHE GOES.

FIRST FLAG OF THE DAY. I’VE YET TO FIND ANYTHING THAT WORKS BETTER FOR CATCHING FISH, ESPECIALLY FOR CATCHING BIG PIKE THAN JUST PUTTING DEAD BAIT BELOW A TIP UP. ANYWHERE FROM A FOOT TO MAYBE THREE, FOUR, FIVE FEET OFF THE BOTTOM.

THAT OILY, SMELLY DEAD CISCO OR DEAD HERRING, SMELT, WHATEVER YOU’RE USING, IF THOSE FISH CAN SMELL IT THEY CAN FIND IT. AND SO IF THEY’RE HUNGRY AND IF THEY’RE AGGRESSIVE. THEY WANT TO EAT, YOU KNOW.

IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU PUT IT IN THE WATER COLUMN, THEY’RE GOING TO FIND IT. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> GOT TO MAKE IT SO THEY HANG HORIZONTAL. JUST LIKE THAT. AND THAT’S THAT BIG 2-0 RIG. YOU SEE THERE, JUST THE LOOPS THAT WAY THE HOOKS COME TOGETHER WHEN YOU’RE FIGHTING A FISH SO YOU DON’T GET A HOOK CAUGHT ON THE BOTTOM OF THE ICE.

THAT’S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THAT RIG. LOOK HOW MUCH LINE THAT FISH TOOK OUT. WHERE THAT RUBBER BAND IS? A GOOD TEN FEET OF LINE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> WE’RE JUST USING DACRON LINE. I ALWAYS USE THE HEAVIEST LINE I CAN FIND WITH 40-60 POUND TEST.

I JUST FIND THAT THE HEAVIER LINE ROLLS OFF THE SPOOL EASIER. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> AND THE TRAP IS SET. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OH, THERE’S OUR FAR FLAG HERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> WOW. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> GOT HIM! >> BOY, THIS FISH IS STRONG.

OH, IT GOT OFF. NO, HE’S THERE. HE’S COMING AT ME. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> WHOA, WHOA. BOY, THAT FISH IS FIGHTING HARD. HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT. OH, YEAH. IT’S ANOTHER RESPECTABLE EATER. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OH, YEAH! OH! LOOK AT THE BUILD ON THESE FISH.

BOY, THAT FISH HAS BEEN EATING GOOD. WOW. WOW. I’M GONNA GET THAT FISH IN THE WATER. I’M GONNA STICK HER RIGHT BACK IN THE HOLE. GRAB MY PLIERS. HOOKED IN A FUNNY SPOT. THERE. NICE, NICE. WOW, THAT IS A GATOR.

WHOA. (CHUCKLES) >> SLIME UP. OUR NORTH DAKOTA REGULATIONS ARE TAILOR-MADE FOR PIKE FISHING AND SINCE YOU CAN USE FOUR LINES PER ANGLER. AND SO TIP UPS CAN BE SO EFFECTIVE WHEN YOU’RE PIKE FISHING, YOU PUT FOUR TIP UPS OUT PER PERSON, YOU CAN JUST COVER A BIG AREA.

(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> IT’S A NICE DAY FOR TIP UP FISHING. THE WIND’S BLOWING ACROSS HERE PRETTY GOOD BUT IT’S JUST A BEAUTIFUL DAY, ESPECIALLY FOR EARLY WINTER. BUT JUST A WAITING GAME, WAIT FOR ONE OF THESE FLAGS TO POP.

(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> THIS IS GOING. BOY, IT WAS TURNING PRETTY GOOD WHEN I FIRST CAME UP HERE. AND SHE’S STILL THERE. OH, BIG FISH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> HOHOHO. (CHUCKLES) (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OH, SHE’S JUST A-ROLLING.

(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> COME ON. GET STARTED. THERE WE GO. WHOA. SHE CAME ALIVE THERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> THERE WE GO. LOOK AT THAT. THAT’S PROBABLY, WHAT, A – LIKE ABOUT A FIVE POUND FISH? SHE’D BE JUST A PERFECT, PERFECT FISH FOR EATING.

I MEAN I LIKE, I LIKE TO EAT PIKE, BUT I LIKE TO KEEP A FISH MAYBE THIS SIZE, MAYBE A LITTLE SMALLER AND LET THOSE BIG FISH GO. BUT DEVILS LAKE IS JUST FULL OF THEM. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> TODAY IS THIS FISH’S LUCKY DAY.

(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> THERE, WAVED US GOODBYE. TIP UP’S A MESS. THAT’S ALL RIGHT. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OH, WE HAVE WEATHER MOVING. WE’VE GOT A BIG CLOUD BANK ROLLING THROUGH. WE’LL SEE IF THAT GETS THESE FISH GOING.

BUT A LOT OF TIMES, YOU KNOW, THESE FISH WILL JUST KIND OF BITE IN FLURRIES. WHERE YOU’LL HAVE AN HOUR OF JUST NOTHING THEN YOU’LL HAVE, YOU KNOW, THREE FLAGS POP IN HALF AN HOUR. SO YOU JUST HAVE TO PUT IN YOUR TIME, BUT WE HAVE THESE TIP UPS JUST STAGGERED ON THIS BIG SAND FLAT.

IT’S KIND OF A REEF THAT OUT AND THERE’S DEEP WATER OFF TO THE SIDE HERE. YOU KNOW, A BIG PROMINENT STRUCTURE. YOU KNOW, BIG LONG BARS AND POINTS AND REEFS THAT COME OUT THAT HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF MIXTURE OF SAND AND ROCK, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT OF FLOODED TIMBER.

MAYBE SOME WEED GROWTH, ALTHOUGH IN A LOT OF CASES THERE’S NOT A LOT. BUT WE JUST HAVE THESE TIP UPS STAGGERED ANYWHERE FROM SAY SEVEN OUT TO MAYBE THIRTEEN FEET OF WATER TO SEE IF WE CAN TRY TO PUT A PATTERN TOGETHER.

IN NORTH DAKOTA, YOU CAN USE FOUR LINES. SO THAT’S A BIG ADVANTAGE WHEN YOU’RE FISHING THESE TIP UPS. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OH, THERE’S A FLAG! (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> IT’S TURNING. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> GOT HIM! (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> YEAH, COME ON UP.

THERE! THAT IS JUST A GREAT EATER FISH RIGHT THERE. CUT THE Y-BONES OUT OF THESE AND THEY’RE GREAT EATING, TOO. YOU GET THE SMALLER SIZE ONES. SO, YEAH, THROW BACK THE BIG FISH. I THINK THAT BIG PIKE ARE COOL.

I THINK THEY’RE COOL TO HAVE AROUND, SO, I TRY TO ENCOURAGE ANGLERS TO THROW BACK SOME OF THOSE BIGGER FISH JUST SO WE CONTINUE TO HAVE THEM AROUND AND EAT FISH THIS SIZE. THAT’S JUST PERFECT. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> THERE! (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> GREAT PIKE.

OH. GOTTA WARM UP THE OLD HANDS. THINGS ARE HAPPENING OUT THERE. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU’RE USING TIP UPS TO CATCH PIKE, YOU KNOW, IT IS HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT WHERE WHEN YOU SET THE HOOK AND IF YOU HAVE A BIG FISH THAT’S JUST A LOT OF HORSEPOWER AND SO, I BEEF UP.

I USE HEAVY LINE. A LOT OF TIMES I’M USING 40, 60 POUND DACRON JUST BECAUSE I FIND THAT HEAVIER LINE ROLLS OFF THE SPOOL EASIER. IT DOESN’T GET – IT DOESN’T BITE INTO ITSELF WHEN YOU GET A BIG FISH THAT’S PULLING LINE OUT.

AND THAT HEAVIER LINE IS EASIER ON YOUR HANDS WHEN THE FISH IS MAKING A BIG RUN. AND A LOT OF TIMES WHEN YOU’RE USING PRETTY HEAVY-DUTY LEADERS, EITHER HEAVY FLUOROCARBON OR HEAVY STEEL OR TITANIUM LEADERS, TREBLE HOOKS.

MAKE SURE YOUR COMPONENTS ARE HEAVY-DUTY BECAUSE IF YOU’RE USING TOO LIGHT OF GEAR AND YOU GET A BIG FISH ON AND IT’S HAND OVER HAND THEY’RE JUST GOING TO BREAK YOU DOWN. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OH! THESE FISH ARE STRONG, LOOK AT THAT.

GOOD FISH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OH YEAH, WHOA. (LAUGHING) >> WHEN THEY GO YOU JUST LET THEM. OH YEAH, THIS IS A, BOY, THESE ARE JUST, JUST SUCH SOLID FISH. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> HERE SHE COMES, HERE SHE COMES.

(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> I JUST WANT TO GET MY FINGER UNDERNEATH HER GILL HERE. OH YEAH. (LAUGHING) >> LOVE IT. THIS IS FUN. YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SEE PEOPLE OUT HERE DOING THIS, YOU KNOW DEVILS LAKE’S OBVIOUSLY A PHENOMENAL PLACE.

YOU KNOW YOU SEE PEOPLE OVER AT LAKE SAKAJAWEA AND RED LAKE, LAKE OF THE WOODS AT LATE ICE. BUT JUST A, JUST A REALLY COOL FISHING EXPERIENCE IN MY MIND. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> THERE. OH-OH, SHE TOOK OFF.

WOW. YEAH, WE’RE JUST, EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT. IT SEEMS LIKE TODAY YOU KNOW THESE FISH ARE KIND OF RUNNING ALONG THE EDGE IN THAT 11, 12, 13 FEET OF WATER. I HAD A FEW TIP UPS IN SHALLOWER AND I HAD ONE TIP UP OUT DEEPER FOR A LITTLE WHILE.

AND NOW THAT WE’RE KIND OF PUTTING THE PATTERN TOGETHER WE’RE JUST GONNA START LINING THEM UP ON THIS EDGE HERE. BUT YEAH. (LAUGHING) >> LOVE IT. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> ONE NEAT ELEMENT ABOUT TIP UP FISHING FOR PIKE IS THAT YOU CAN GET A GROUP OF PEOPLE TOGETHER, YOU CAN BRING KIDS OUT.

IT’S JUST REALLY A LOT OF CAMARADERIE, YOU KNOW WE HAVE A LOT OF IDLE TIME WHERE YOU CAN VISIT WITH PEOPLE. YOU KNOW YOU CAN PLAY JOKES ON PEOPLE. IT’S A RACE TO THE FLAG, HOWEVER YOU WANT TO DO IT. BUT YOU KNOW COMPARED TO SOME OTHER TYPES OF FISHING THERE’S JUST A LOT MORE CAMARADERIE AND A LOT MORE HORSING AROUND WHEN YOU GET A BUNCH OF PEOPLE TOGETHER FISHING FOR PIKE.

OH YEAH, SHE’S TURNING. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> GOT HIM! (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> HERE SHE COMES. IF I COULD JUST GET A HOLD OF HER HERE WITHOUT GETTING HOOKED. OH, COME HERE. HEYYY. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> TGET HER UNHOOKED HERE.

OH, DON’T DO THAT. HERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> JUST A SOLID RESPECTABLE PIKE. THEY’RE ALL OF THEM JUST THICK FISH. NONE OF THEM HAVE BEEN RAILS. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> WHOA, THERE SHE GOES. LET’S GET BAITED UP HERE AND PUT THIS SUCKER BACK IN THE WATER.

THIS HAS BEEN A GOOD HOLE TODAY. IT’S FUNNY HOW YOU SET THESE TIP UPS ALL OVER AND IT SEEMS LIKE INVARIABLY THERE ARE GOING TO BE ONE OR TWO HOLES THAT ARE JUST HOT. YOU KNOW AND I THINK JUST A CONTACT POINT WHERE THESE FISH ARE ROAMING ALONG THESE EDGE OF THESE REEFS HERE AND THESE POINTS.

AND JUST FIRST CONTACT A LOT OF TIMES, THAT’S WHERE YOU GET A HIT. BUT WHAT A COOL, COOL FISHING EXPERIENCE. YOU KNOW THERE’S PEOPLE THAT COME OUT HERE AND DO THIS, BUT NEARLY ENOUGH. I MEAN I THINK PIKE ARE PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST UNDERUTILIZED FISH IN THE DAKOTAS, JUST TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE BIGGEST FISH YOU CAN CATCH THROUGH THE ICE HERE IN NORTH DAKOTA.

>> YOU KNOW PIKE ARE SUCH AN AGGRESSIVE FISH AND THEY JUST HAVE A CHIP ON THEIR SHOULDER. AND THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I LOVE ABOUT THEM. THEY’LL DO THINGS THAT YOU DON’T SEE ANY OTHER FRESHWATER FISH DO AS FAR AS JUST LEVEL OF AGGRESSIVENESS.

WHEN THEY’RE ON, THEY’RE ON. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> WE’RE GETTING BLITZED BY PIKE NOW. I CAN’T EVEN GET THESE TIP UPS IN THE WATER. A LITTLE BIT OF WEATHER MOVING IN. I DON’T KNOW IF THIS FISH IS HERE OR NOT.

(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> YEAH, HE’S HERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> NOPE, HE GOT OFF. OH NO, HE’S THERE, COMING AT ME. WHOA. WE’VE BEEN RUNNING, FLAGS ARE POPPING. THE WATER’S COMING UP AND DOWN IN THE HOLE.

YOU KNOW THEY’RE ALWAYS THE BETTER ONES WHEN THE WATER STARTS TO ROLL OH YEAH, THIS IS A RESPECTABLE PIKE, I CAN SEE HIM DOWN THERE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> HERE SHE COMES, HERE SHE COMES. HERE SHE COMES.

THERE! GREAT PIKE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> LOOK HOW MUCH LINE THIS FISH TOOK OUT, UNBELIEVABLE. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> THE FLAG’S UP, THEY KIND OF COME IN SPURTS. YOU CAN SIT FOR AN HOUR AND NOTHING AND THEN GET TWO POP AT THE SAME TIME.

SO A LOT OF TIMES YOU’LL BE JUST STARING AT FLAGS AND JUST NOTHING HAPPENING. AND ALL OF A SUDDEN SOME WEATHER ROLLS THROUGH OR SOMETHING CHANGES OR MAYBE THE SUN GETS LOWER, JUST SOME TYPE OF TRIGGER.

AND IT’S JUST AMAZING HOW YOU HAVE YOUR TIP UPS SPREAD APART AND ONE FLAG WILL POP UP AND 50 YARDS AWAY ANOTHER FLAG WILL POP UP. IT’S JUST AMAZING HOW THEY JUST HAPPEN IN THESE SHORT INTENSE WINDOWS WHERE IT’S JUST ABSOLUTE CRAZINESS.

HERE, GOT HIM! COME ON. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> COMING AT ME. BOY, THAT FISH TOOK A LOT A LINE. OH YEAH, HERE SHE COMES. COME ON UP. OH, SHE DOES NOT LIKE THE BOTTOM OF THE HOLE. OH YEAH, THERE IS A GATOR, THERE’S A GATOR.

LOOK AT THAT! (LAUGHING) (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> WOW, BEAUTIFUL FISH. I’M JUST GONNA DIP HER IN THE HOLE HERE QUICK. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OKAY, I’M JUST GONNA THROW ALL THIS STUFF OUT OF THE WAY. GOT THAT POSE.

WHAT A COOL FISH. JUST LOOK HOW THICK THESE FISH ARE. OOH! (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> OOH, THERE’S ANOTHER FLAG! UNBELIEVABLE! WE’RE RUNNING NOW, THIS ONE IS TURNING. OH, LOOK AT HER GO! BOY, THEY DON’T LIKE IT WHEN YOU COME UP ON THE HOLE.

(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> GOT HER! WHOA, THIS IS A BIG GIRL HERE. SHE’S COMING AT ME. COME ON. (INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) >> THIS SEEMS LIKE A GOOD FISH. WHOA, IT IS A BIG FISH. BIG PIKE. OH, COME HERE, COME HERE, COME HERE.

OH YEAH, LOOK AT THIS. LOOK AT THIS! OH HO, LOOK AT THAT! THAT IS A PIKE! I KNEW AS SOON AS I LAID INTO THAT FISH THAT THIS FISH HAD SOME SHOULDERS ON IT. THAT IS WHY WE’RE HERE RIGHT THERE. THIS IS WHY I LOVE DOING THIS.

EVERY TIME A FLAG POPS, THIS COULD BE ON THE OTHER END. UNBELIEVABLE. WHOO! WE’LL GET THAT FISH IN THE WATER. THAT’S A, THAT IS A BIG GATOR RIGHT THERE. SHE JUST FILLS UP THAT WHOLE HOLE. (LAUGHING) WOW.

YOU KNOW A LOT OF ANGLERS 40 INCHES IS KIND OF A BENCHMARK AS FAR AS A TROPHY PIKE. AND YOU KNOW WE’VE SEEN PIKE OUT ON DEVILS LAKE ALL THE WAY UP TO 48 INCHES. YOU KNOW YOU LOOK AT A 40 TO 48 INCH FISH, EVEN A 35 TO 45 INCH FISH, AND THOSE ARE REALLY, REALLY NICE FISH.

IT TAKES A LONG TIME FOR THEM TO GET THAT BIG. AND SO WHEN YOU CATCH THOSE BIG FISH, YOU KNOW HANDLE THEM, YOU KNOW HORIZONTAL HOLD, GET THEM BACK IN THE WATER BEFORE THEY FREEZE UP AND JUST TAKE CARE OF THOSE FISH.

BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES YOU RELEASE THOSE BIG FISH AND THEY’LL BE THERE FOR THE NEXT DAY. AND SO KEEP AND EAT THE SMALLER FISH, IF YOU LIKE TO EAT PIKE, WHICH THEY ARE AN EXCELLENT EATING FISH, THROWBACK SOME OF THOSE BIGGER FISH.

AND YOU KNOW WE’LL JUST HAVE THIS TREMENDOUS RESOURCE TO COME TO ENJOY FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.

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