The largest pike caught in Russia
Novgorod region is famous not only for its antiquity and birch bark, but the largest pike, caught on the shores of lake Ilmen. This record relates to the 1930s of the last century. The pike weighed 35 pounds. However, many believe that in the 21st century met pike and more “caliber”, but given the ferocity of the legislation, the capture is not recorded on video or photo.
Pike is one of the most interesting fish
Pike displayed in Russian folk tales in particular in the tale of Emelya, where she fulfills his desires. Such fixation of the folklore of the country means a particular attitude to this fish from the population.
A well-known fact that this fish did not disdain to eat the kings! Indirectly this fact is confirmed in the movie “Ivan Vasilyevich changes occupation”, where the table was served “pike heads with garlic.”
Little-known fact is that pike caviar on the Royal table valued no less than red or black. This was not associated with the most rare caviar or complexity of production, but only because of the taste of this product. It is also possible this was due to the fact that fish were considered the king and it was allocated a special string in Russian folklore.
Pike really the Queen of freshwater bodies because it is the most formidable predator of these waters. This is easily explained!
The usual size of the largest specimen reaches 1 meter and a weight of 8 kg!
If I can repeat the record of lake Ilmen, the pike weighing close to 30 kg (slightly above or slightly below) reaches a size of 1.5 meters!
Of course such data can not command respect. Fish is actually the size of a dog! Quite a formidable and powerful predator, which is not so easy to get to the shore while fishing using a fishing rod. This monster is recommended to pre-bore and long enough to “drive” on the line summing up gradually to the shore. However, even in this case, remove the fish to shore will be difficult. Body pike most adapted to rapid movement in the water is not for nothing that modern torpedoes made in the form of pikes, though some have called the body of the pike “torpedo”. Like the title is wrong! It is clear to anyone that in the beginning there was pike, and then people evolved to submarines and to build torpedoes. A similar easily understandable, the predator should reach fairly substantial speeds during its hunting. Because this fish is very hard to extract on the shore.
The trophy is valued among fishermen, although not everyone likes meat diet of this predator because I do not know how to cook it, and due to improper cooking of meat can give the smell of slime.