By Andi Bourne

Lite tackle holds up to monster pike


January 27, 2022

Kal Kovatch

Seeley Lake's Klayton Kovatch, 17, with his 20.5 pound, 40.25 inch northern pike caught on Seeley Lake Jan. 17.

SEELEY LAKE – "All I saw was the tail and it covered all eight inches of the opening in the ice," Seeley Lake 17-year-old Klayton Kovatch recalled after getting the first glimpse of a monster pike through the ice Monday, Jan. 17. After more than a half an hour fighting the fish, he landed the 20.5-pound, 40.25-inch northern pike on his lite action, 24-inch jigging rod, spooled with four-pound test line and tipped with a sixteenth ounce tungsten jig.

"This type of setup would typically be used to catch perch or other small fish and I would strongly recommend it not to be used to catch mat...

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