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DREAM PIKE OF 15KG+ CAUGHT FROM FISHING KAYAK

THE DREAM PIKE CAUGHT BY OUR AMBASSADOR STIAN SLORA FROM NORWAY IS SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY

" Sunday provided a window to go out on an afternoon session for a few hours. The moon was right, the weather too, they just had to use
the assumption ."

It was a completely normal weekend at my dear family's house. Sunday provided a window to go out on an afternoon session for a few hours. The moon was right, the weather too, they just had to use the assumption . I had a lake that I knew had potential, it doesn't have much other than great depths, steep edges and rocks. A LOT of rock.

The main food for the few pike that swim here are whitefish and minnows, which begin to congregate in concentrated areas at this time of year. I got a good feel for these waters just today, and you should always follow that.

They cost me a lot of the purple time I had that day to get there, but better to spend three hours in the right place than four hours in the wrong place. I have time to go out on the lake at half past two in the afternoon. The pressure was high and they would be there for a good half hour before the weather turned and the wind increased. I therefore started to investigate the bottom after some bream and picked up a few smaller fish and three small pike in the first 45 minutes.

OUT FOR DEEPER WATER

The weather turned and I headed out towards the deeper part of the lake considering the way the lake is shaped, a large headland that slopes down with two deep hollows. These places usually have more movement in the water and in such places the whitefish gather now that the water temperature drops to 10 degrees.

"LOOKS A LITTLE BETTER"

I search the area with Activetarget a Lowrance live transducer to find exactly where the baitfish are and maybe some nicer individuals. I find some echoes among the baitfish and suddenly an echo appears that looks a little better. I make a throw to the fish with a YakShad 20cm (self-made swimbait) in the color "headlight", a perfect imitation of a whitefish. The fish stood at 7 meters over a depth of about 30m straight outside the "deep holds". The bait sinks slowly a few meters behind the echo a little diagonally for the fish as the echo was not quite 100 in the cone on the sensor. I take three jerks, pause, two jerks, pause right in front of the fish, about 1.5m above. The fish reacts and turns up with its broadside and the echo gets much bigger... I don't have time to think before it hits the stuff. A perfect counterstab! The fish responds with two strong head shakes, then she stops a few meters away and it feels strange, then she starts doing exactly what she wants.

THIS WAS SOMETHING DIFFERENT

I could do nothing but hold back. Many rushes fell, not aggressive but calm and heavy. This was something else. I start to get shaky and consistently work the brake, finally she comes to the surface right next to the kayak and what a bloody creature... I freeze a little before she sticks back down. I struggle to keep my nerves in check and work on the brakes. The mind spins "how will I handle her?" "Should I risk the hooks getting caught in the net and the worst happening?". Finally, when the fish breaks the surface one last time, she gets into the perfect position for a net, sliding in nicely and calmly.

Own made bait by Stian Tailoredbaits YAKSHAD 20

I try to weigh her in the kayak, but the waves and pedals made it difficult, the rake fluctuated between 17.9 and 19 kg. I have to go ashore. Luckily I wasn't far from shore, but I take a few quick photos before wetting my bibs and calmly placing the pike in my arms and stomping towards shore.

Once there, I let her lie in the basket while I get ready for a more accurate weighing and measuring. The scale swings again, it is difficult to get a single fish of this caliber correctly weighed. The road runs between 17690 and 18370. I therefore started with the lowest weight and gave her the freedom back. She calmly swam out of the shallow water before heading back down to the depths. HĂ„ven weighed 2020 gr and my first 15 plus was a fact. What a damn feeling. To view such a creation in the fantastic environment in the middle of the forest without a single person nearby in magnificent autumn colored nature, all alone with the catch of my life.

They are what kayak fishing is all about. Get as close to nature as possible and maximize the experience when you finally catch your dream fish.

 

BIG CONGRATULATIONS STIAN!

An incredibly close pike at a whopping 127cm 15.6KG!!!

A bit of Stian's equipment

HDS-LIVE 9

THE ACTIVITY TARGET

REBEL CELL 12v50AH

HOBIE PRO ANGLER 12 CAMO

 

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