My tagged Peninsula Pike

kasilofchrisn

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Caught this little guy last Saturday. 2.42#'s.
My fishing buddies son came over to help if needed. He said hey there are some weeds stuck on him. thats when I noticed the yellow tag and the the radio telemetry antenna sticking out of him.

117.jpg My guess is they were using these tags to track the pike in order get a better idea of where to place their nets.
Our biggest pike lately on the peninsula were a 3.61#er my fishing budddy Frank caught and a 3.24 #er my fiances son caught.

This is how he was sewn up with the tag inside him
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This is what the tag and transmitter looked like.

radio telemetry tag.jpg I still need to return the radio telemetry device to ADF&G when I get off the slope as they were closed on Monday and I flew to the slope early on Tuesday.

BTW these pike were very tasty and we had a fish fry on Sunday after I filleted them.
They are very tasty especially when you fillet the bones out.
It is still sad that they have all but ruined the pike fishing on the Peninsula with their nets and all the effort to eliminate them.
I full understand their concern for our other fish stocks. But unless they become SUPER aggresive at the erradication they will likely never rid us of them in southcentral.
I am not sure this is possible at all at this point.
They have made for some lousy pike fishing though.
If you are persistent and know what you are doing there are a few to be had though.
 

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Tags don't taste good no matter how long you boil them...good call to return it.

Now they are tracking you thinking "how did that pike migrate to the slope so fast?? Why are pike moving to the North slope??"
 

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Chemically kill the lake(s) and start new or manage the lake(s) for pike. It should be all or nothing. The half *** approach doesn't work for anybody.
 

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Chemically kill the lake(s) and start new or manage the lake(s) for pike. It should be all or nothing. The half *** approach doesn't work for anybody.

I agree 100%. They will unfortunately never rid us of them in my opinion.
I think the hardest part in poisioning (Rotonone witch removes all the oxygen for a few hours) these lakes is that those lakes with inlets/outlets would be hard to get. If even a handful of fish get into the creek and survive then they will still be there to repopulate.
I am also unsure if the inlets/outlets dilute the Rotonone too much or not.
As long as one lake still has them then you still face the same fears. The fear that a few stray pike may ruin our salmon fisheries.
 

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Tags don't taste good no matter how long you boil them...good call to return it.
That is funny. LOL:lol:
Even if you dredge it in egg/milk mixture and then roll it in seasoned cornmeal?
How long should I fry a radio telemetry tag before it is safe to eat? anybody know?
The pike were fried to a golden brown. YUMMMMMM

Now they are tracking you thinking "how did that pike migrate to the slope so fast?? Why are pike moving to the North slope??"
LOL:lol:

Of course I left the tag at home in Kenai.
I heard they once tracked a wolf with a radio collar to some guys house.
He was legal to harvest the wolf but they do require the return on the collar. Probably also wanted to weigh/measure the wolf as well.
 

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