Pike & Muskie Fishing photo

In the hierarchy of coveted Esox species, chain pickerel sit at the bottom. Their muskie and pike cousins will always take center stage, but that doesn’t mean pickerel—which are available to a lot more people—don’t have a cult following. Hook Shots host Joe Cermele has been chasing “slime darts” since he was a kid, and has never lost his passion for this lowly underdog. Shot between spring and summer 2018, Cermele joins forces with a fellow local NJ pickerel addict in this episode to give these fish the spotlight they deserve.