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McCarthy takes second in pike division

May 8, 2009
By Steve Weisman - Outdoor Editor

How's this for a fishing outing during last weekend's Great Walleye Weekend? Two northern pike, a 7.9 pounder and a 5 pounder; a 16-inch largemouth bass; a 16-inch walleye and 15 crappies!

And in this day and age of hi-powered fishing boats, it was all done by fishing from shore. Not bad, huh!

That's exactly the weekend 17-year old Adam McCarthy of Estherville had. To top it off, the 7.9-pound northern pike gave Adam the runner-up spot in the Heaviest Northern Pike category in the Great Walleye Weekend Tournament.

Adam caught all of his fish at a location known for producing multiple species of fish: the Grade.

"I really like fishing the Grade because you never know what you are going to catch, and I always have pretty good luck there."

With the nice weekend and so many fish biting, Adam spent the entire weekend working different areas of the Grade. However, his best spot came right in front of the fish trap.

Adam caught his two northern pike within 10 minutes of each other around noon on Saturday. The first one came on a slip bobber and a minnow, while the big one, the 31 incher, bit on a white twister.

According to Adam, it put up quite a fight "because I was using an ultra light rod."

He added, "There must have been a bunch of northern there, because another guy had one on, too, but he lost it."

For his efforts, Adam won an assortment of Berkley products and a Polaris duffle bag.

Congratulations on a job well done!



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