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Title: Pulling Pike out of the hole
Post by: Bull Herbie on Feb 06, 2019, 10:19 AM
How does everybody pull their pike out. I normally grab them under the gill plate near the back of their head. That way I dont get in near the gills and it kinda calms them down. Ive seen under the gill plate under their head, but when I do that I usually get in to far. I dont ever use a gaff, I release most of them. Ive also used the grabbers that hold the lower jaw. 
Title: Re: Pulling Pike out of the hole
Post by: Fishhead680 on Feb 06, 2019, 11:01 AM
Yup - under the gill plate / opercular flap and then slide hand / fingers forward to near front of the mouth. Never a gaf (but would if I was planning to eat one) though I don't think they are legal on inland waters of Maine.
Try to get my quick pic if its at least 40" and right back in the hole.
Title: Re: Pulling Pike out of the hole
Post by: flagup! on Feb 06, 2019, 01:10 PM
lip um just like a large mouth >:D
Title: Re: Pulling Pike out of the hole
Post by: PikeKing23 on Feb 06, 2019, 01:23 PM
Bocas.  But just to get them on the ice.  Never pick up a pike with bocas.
Title: Re: Pulling Pike out of the hole
Post by: aquarium234 on Feb 06, 2019, 03:14 PM
I used a grinding wheel and take the point off my gaff and make it round and smooth,  The fatter the metal hook the better. I use it as a gill assist. Works great, doesn't harm the fish, and after a week straight of ice fishing....my hand still has skin left....:-). You can send it down a deep hole and keep your arm dry......:-), I release all my fish, you have to take a little more time while placing the gaff but its worth it to me. :-)
Title: Re: Pulling Pike out of the hole
Post by: HWeber on Feb 06, 2019, 03:53 PM
Right by the eyes works well if you're keeping them
Title: Re: Pulling Pike out of the hole
Post by: saxmatt on Feb 06, 2019, 08:10 PM
Bring everything you need with you when you get a flag: pliers, jaw spreader, tape, cutters, camera etc. If their mouth is open you can use jaw grippers that rotate like a Boga to slide them on the ice, just donít lift them up. If their mouth is closed grab them by the gill plate or if itís a big one clamp their mouth shut like an alligator and pull them out of the hole. If youíre releasing them itís good to have some kind of mat, cradle or weigh sling to put them on when there is no snow on the ice so they donít flop around and hurt themselves. If itís a big one and youíre fishing thick ice a 10Ē hole makes it much easier to land them.
Title: Re: Pulling Pike out of the hole
Post by: Kevin23 on Feb 06, 2019, 08:14 PM
How does everybody pull their pike out. I normally grab them under the gill plate near the back of their head. That way I dont get in near the gills and it kinda calms them down. Ive seen under the gill plate under their head, but when I do that I usually get in to far. I dont ever use a gaff, I release most of them. Ive also used the grabbers that hold the lower jaw.

Little ones I just pull straight up and out by the line. Keepers I gaff under the chin and rip them out. Big ones I play down and CAREFULLY get my hand under the gillplate to ease them out of the hole so I don't hurt them. We have no size limit here so no worry about gaffing an illegal fish by mistake.
Title: Re: Pulling Pike out of the hole
Post by: saxmatt on Feb 06, 2019, 08:16 PM
and never stick your fingers in their mouth, thatís why you need jaw spreaders and a long pair of pliers. The gills can cut you like a razor too when you grab them under the gill plate and they do a barrel roll. Itís a good idea to have a first aid kit in the truck.
Title: Re: Pulling Pike out of the hole
Post by: Coachkwj on Feb 09, 2019, 10:26 AM
Bring everything you need with you when you get a flag: pliers, jaw spreader, tape, cutters, camera etc. If their mouth is open you can use jaw grippers that rotate like a Boga to slide them on the ice, just donít lift them up. If their mouth is closed grab them by the gill plate or if itís a big one clamp their mouth shut like an alligator and pull them out of the hole. If youíre releasing them itís good to have some kind of mat, cradle or weigh sling to put them on when there is no snow on the ice so they donít flop around and hurt themselves. If itís a big one and youíre fishing thick ice a 10Ē hole makes it much easier to land them.
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And don't forget bait and a buddy to take pics and help manage with the line on conventional tipups.
I have a "ready bucket" for when I see a flag go up.
I cringe when I see a gaff. Get the fishes head in the hole and should be game over. Grab ahold of the leader, unless it's not wire, and lift fish up until you can get at the gillplate. Fish don't swim backwards. Little guys I just slide right up and onto the ice. 2 at once is always fun.
Title: Re: Pulling Pike out of the hole
Post by: Bull Herbie on Feb 10, 2019, 01:58 PM
Another thing to remember, if itís very cold out, try to keep their eyes in the water or they will freeze.