|Fish #9: Chain Pickerel, Esox niger|
Our pickerel was caught using a 3.5 inch shiner imitation made by Rapala (a classic). We trolled the lure about 20 yards behind a kayak right at sunset on the Taylor River in about 5 feet of water.
|Taylor River at dusk.|
|Male pickerel, 13.5 inches long|
|No chance of this one getting away.|
Now that he calmed down, we took a few pictures.
Once we got him back to the house, we took a closer look and found a leech on his chin.
|We are getting use to finding parasites on our fish. This is a small leech that was on the pickerel's chin.|
Pickerel are really pretty fish and are the perfect predator that is built like a rocket. All of their power comes from the tail that propels the dart-like body forward.
|Their mouth looks like a bill, but it is full of sharp teeth.|