Doubt skill had anything to do with catching this - but

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Fishing was very slow and not near as good as the evening before: 40 fish - mostly crappie - but all of a sudden this 3lb plus pickerel started fighting in 4.5' of 49-degree water.
Thing is, it was hooked in the outer lip - snag hooked - and luckily the 8 lb test fluorocarbon line stretched enough that it could be played until giving up to be netted, barely fitting in the net. I can't remember catching a pickerel that size though memory without photos is defective to say the least (as my wife keeps reminding me).:(
 

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It’s interesting to see the photo of the fish, at first I thought it was a pike (Esoxlucius). I now know that it’s a US species, but it’s I don’t know what type of pickerel it is. It sounds like you had a good evening’s fishing.
 

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Chain pickerel.
The evening before- 40 fish
The evening the pickerel was caught - only 10 fish.
Today at a different lake - 41 fish - mostly large crappie from a school that stayed in the area from morning until 2 pm.
91 fish for 3 days - not bad.
 

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Interesting is that the water temperature has dropped into the 40's and fish are still striking. Curl tails haven't been as productive as straight tail designs:
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... even clear plastic still get bit:
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...and bright-tails - the lure the pickerel was caught on as well as crappie and white perch:
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The great thing about finesse-action lures is that they're all-season baits.
 
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Those boga grips are hideous contraptions and should not be used. Awful for fish welfare.

Learn to chin if that is possible, unsure how that species compares to pike but it looks similar so I'd approach it in the same way.

But please, do not use those grips....
 

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The chain pickerel has razor-sharp teeth and the only way to handle it is with a grip that does no damage to the lower jaw such as the plastic one shown.
 
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