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February 05, 2014

Nebraska Ice Fisherman Releases Potential Record Pike

By David Draper

You might remember back in December, a Nebraska angler Andy Moore landed what would have been a state-record white crappie, but Moore released it back down the hole. 

Moore told the Omaha World-Herald that putting his name in the record books would have required killing the fish. “I wasn't prepared to do that,” said Moore at the time.

Well, now a second Nebraska angler has hooked and landed a fish that would have most likely smashed a state record, but like Moore, Nebraskan Jake Rodiek instead chose to release the fish.

According to this article, Rodiek pulled a northern pike through the ice of a unidentified Nebraska lake that he estimated weighed 33 to 34 pounds, which is about three pounds heavier than the current state record of 30 lbs., 1 oz. held by Steven Morris. Rodiek’s fish measured 45 inches long and 27 ½ inches around at its widest spot. According to standard length-girth calculations for pike weight, Rodiek’s math adds up (find a decent pike weight calculator here).

“I just feel better about knowing that I might catch that fish out there again when it’s even bigger,” said Rodiek. “I do the same with trophy fish of any species.”

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from Michael Sweet wrote 10 weeks 1 day ago

if this is a record in nebraska they need to visit the bay of quinte and st laurence seaway in ontario canada then as this is a mid size northern to us

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from Michael Jager wrote 10 weeks 1 day ago

I love that not everyone has to be in the record books. Setting that fish free is the right thing to do.

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from amoor983 wrote 10 weeks 1 day ago

Half of Nebraska is semi-arid. We don't exactly have major bodies of water. This fish was likely caught on a lake that was a couple hundred acres. Or smaller, possibly WAY smaller.

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from amoor983 wrote 10 weeks 1 day ago

Half of Nebraska is semi-arid. We don't exactly have major bodies of water. This fish was likely caught on a lake that was a couple hundred acres. Or smaller, possibly WAY smaller.

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from Dangle wrote 10 weeks 1 day ago

Imagine the ego that guy had...darn near arrogance to at first cut an ice hole big enough to pull that brute up through! All these other dudes with 10" wide holes, and here's this dude with a 3 ft. wide hole!

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from Fogforest wrote 9 weeks 4 days ago

Hats off to these guys.

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from Michael Jager wrote 10 weeks 1 day ago

I love that not everyone has to be in the record books. Setting that fish free is the right thing to do.

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from Michael Sweet wrote 10 weeks 1 day ago

if this is a record in nebraska they need to visit the bay of quinte and st laurence seaway in ontario canada then as this is a mid size northern to us

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from amoor983 wrote 10 weeks 1 day ago

Half of Nebraska is semi-arid. We don't exactly have major bodies of water. This fish was likely caught on a lake that was a couple hundred acres. Or smaller, possibly WAY smaller.

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from amoor983 wrote 10 weeks 1 day ago

Half of Nebraska is semi-arid. We don't exactly have major bodies of water. This fish was likely caught on a lake that was a couple hundred acres. Or smaller, possibly WAY smaller.

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from Fogforest wrote 9 weeks 4 days ago

Hats off to these guys.

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from Dangle wrote 10 weeks 1 day ago

Imagine the ego that guy had...darn near arrogance to at first cut an ice hole big enough to pull that brute up through! All these other dudes with 10" wide holes, and here's this dude with a 3 ft. wide hole!

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