NORTHERN PIKE MOUNTS BY NEW WAVE TAXIDERMY
Northern pike are highly prized as a gamefish and often end up as a wall mount. They are a favorite target of northern, cold water anglers as they are known to be extremely aggressive and will hit nearly anything that moves. This means that oftentimes the best lure for catching them is simply the one that’s easiest to remove from their mouth.
They are a relatively large fish that grow to lengths of nearly five feet and weigh more than 50 pounds. Most of these fish don’t grow quite that large, but they are still a good size fish that looks fantastic on the wall. They also usually make for a great story.
We take great pride in every fish created at our facility in Stuart, Florida and our northern pike mounts are no exception. Each and every mount created at New Wave Taxidermy is painstakingly hand crafted and custom painted to match our customers photos and specifications.
At New Wave Taxidermy, our goal is to create a fish that will proudly hang on your wall for a lifetime.
We love what we do at New Wave Taxidermy and we feel that it shows in our work. Please take a moment to browse the gallery below, then complete the form for your free quote on your trophy northern pike.
NORTHERN PIKE INFORMATION
Northern pike (Esox lucius), known simply as pike in many parts of the world, are fun to catch and highly prized as a gamefish. They live in lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and streams throughout the northern hemisphere. These aren’t small fish either. The current world record was caught in Germany, it weighed 55 pounds and was 59 inches long.
They are known to be extremely aggressive ‘ambush predators’ and will often strike when they aren’t even hungry. Northern pike can be found in weed and grass beds or around underwater structures like trees and boulders. Lying in wait for the right moment, they use their sharp teeth and extreme speed to strike and kill their prey instantly.
They aren’t known for being edible but that’s mostly due to the fact that they are a very bony fish. That doesn’t mean they aren’t eaten, however, and many recipes for cooking northern pike exist online. The key is how the fish is fileted, once again this is all about the fact that they are a bony fish.
- The world record northern pike weighed 55 lbs. 1 oz., was 59″ long and was caught in Germany in 1986.
- They don’t like to pursue their prey, but rather they will lie still and camouflaged for long periods of time waiting for the change to strike. Incredible bursts of speed combined with razor sharp teeth mean instant death for most prey.
- The oldest known fish lived to see 25 years, though the average lifespan is around 7 years.
- They are not picky eaters and have been known to strike at nearly anything.
- Being a predominantly fresh water fish, adult northern pike have no natural predators outside of humans.
- Each state has slightly different regulations on northern pike, but due to an abundance of smaller pike most regulations are meant to protect the larger adults.
- They are known to be ‘slimy’ which actually is one of the reasons many people don’t ear them. There are steps than can be taken to help alleviate that but the gist is simply clean and cook them as fresh as possible.
- They are often mistaken for musky as they are close relatives and share many common characteristics.
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