Giant Pike-Italy and Elsewhere

A truly giant Northern Pike is not only a voracious fish, it is also one of the beautiful trophies.  Check out the girth and length of these big daddies.  Click on the photo to learn more.  Interestingly, many of these fish seem to be coming out of Italy.

This fish was apparently caught in 2006 or 2007 on Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy.  This old pike was caught and released.

This giant Northern Pike weighed in at a whopping 55 pounds.  It is unclear where the fish came from, some claiming any of three or four provinces in Canada, others Europe.

This catch, as any good fishing story, has a great wrinkle.  The fish was not hooked.  Instead, this voracious predator clamped onto a hooked 36″ pike that became the bait.  The larger fish would not let go and was landed with the smaller pike.  Read the story and see the photo at

Here is one of those great vintage shots of a true giant.

Many consider this the world record Northern Pike.  Caught in an abandoned stone quarry in Germany in 1983, this enormous fish measured 57 inches and weighed 67 lbs. 4 oz.

Another website claims this 55 lb fish, caught by Lothar Louis out of Germany in 1986 is the world record.

I won’t even begin to pontificate on the rules of being a “world record” in some circles.  For me, enjoying monster fish caught throughout the world is just too much fun to worry about so called “official” anything.  I must say that I was interested to learn that many of the huge fish come from Europe.  In fact, after spending a couple of years in Italy, I never was aware that it held world class pike.  Sounds like it is time for another trip.


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