Bill Burton Pickerel Article
Let me begin by stating that although I am troubled by today's Pickerel article in The Capital, I respect Bill Burton and what he has given to the sport all of these years. On the issue of keeping Pickerel, I think he's just a little old fashioned and needs to be politely brought into the 21st century. Do any of you know him, personally, and if so, would you be willing to ask him to do an article on Pickerel that emphasizes the importantance of C&R? If not, maybe we could write a letter to him, as a club. Maybe we could also invite him to cover the SRRKC C&R-only Pickerel derby this winter?
Anyhow, here's the article:
Pickerel anglers find comfort in catching
By BILL BURTON, For The Capital
Published December 27, 2007
If you're one of the old-fashioned pickerel fishermen who choose catching over comfort you might want to buy a mess of minnows and head for the Magothy some morning. Be prepared for discomfort, also a few fish - the yellow perch have to go back, but not the pickerel if they are of 14 inches or more.
That's what Harry Dunning of Glen Burnie did the afternoon before Christmas; His stocking had four pike of 15 to 17 inches, and of course the story of the big one that got away.
"I was just going out to fish for an hour or two and brought ultra-light tackle with 6-pound test line and a few Mepps spinners and minnows and hooked a fish I couldn't turn before it got into a fallen tree," he said.
For 15 minutes, he tried everything he could think of, but couldn't shake the fish and line from a maze of branches. Finally the light line snapped; "The bait must have been still hooked to the fish with the line tangled in the branches - I could hear the fish still thrashing for a few minutes, then the commotion stopped."
Harry would only say he was fishing the upper reaches of the Magothy not far from Magothy Beach Road, on the deep edge of some flats that he had not fished before He was heading to deeper water when he noticed swirls in the water and decided to check them out. He'll be back Saturday with 8-pound test line.
Pickerel are a hardy fish more immune to the cold than most Izaak Waltons of these days. Sometimes good catches come when ice forms on the guides of the rod to complicate things. If you're on the water when that happens spray a little line conditioner such as Reel Magic on the line. It'll cure the ice. In winter, low-stretch lines work best. Choose one of the super lines, they're more supple than mono when things get frigid, also they're of finer diameter than mono - easier casting and offer less resistance.
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