Originally Posted by crayphish
it was as much my fault as the fish's. i was fumbling around trying to get my needle nose out and the thing tried to swim between my legs.
so you had one on the line & were about to unhook em? i usually head for shore whether it's pike, catfish, or Gar once i get em on the line... especially with the type of teeth pike have, i wouldn't feel comfortable reeling it towards me while in thigh deep water...
I usually wade out to cast, & will fish from out there, but when i hook up usually head right for shore.