Rare under ice footage of northern pike striking lures
There is no better experience than watching your lure gig live as you watch a variety of fish sneak in to strike them, and once it comes through that hole in the ice it can be quite satisfying.
The northern pike is a very aggressive species, especially when it comes to feeding. These fish are one of North Americas top sport fishing species as they put up a very intense fight in both open water and under ice! Pike are know for cannibalism against their own species, even when sharing a lake with their similar opponent the muskellunge, they will wipe them out of the lake over time as they are far more aggressive and territorial.
This footage was taken with a live feed using a GoPro Hero 4 Black hooked into a specialized underwater housing that has HDMI out and power out, therefore you can continuously monitor under the ice without loosing picture. This crew had the camera hooked into a 32 inch TV in a ice fishing shack.
In this video you will see how the northern pike comes out of the dark back ground in the bottom right hand corner to strike the lure. He misses that lure and quickly engages to strike the second lure, eventually darting off like a torpedo with immense speed! He then later comes back and strike at both lures and gets caught on the one he first attempted to strike. Just watch his body movements to see how swift and fast they can be underwater!
Footage was taken on Belmont Lake in Ontario, Canada in February 2018