You might say Bridgie Hansen of Grand Forks has a knack for “latching on” to good fish tales.
Last July, Hansen and her husband, Glenn, took their grandson, Evan, who was 6 years old at the time, fishing on Devils Lake. Evan was reeling in a 15-inch walleye he hooked in 30 feet of water when a 30-inch northern latched on to the walleye at the side of the boat.
With Grandpa’s help, Evan landed both fish, and his grandparents had the pike mounted with the walleye in its mouth and gave him the mount as a Christmas present.
History repeated itself this past Sunday when Hansen and her husband were fishing Channel A, which flows into Devils Lake at Six-Mile Bay. They were trolling spinners and night crawlers when Bridgie hooked a heavy fish in 7 feet of water.
When she got the fish to the boat, they saw it was a big northern pike that — you guessed it — had chomped down on a smaller pike that hit the night crawler.
The big pike measured 43 inches with a 25-inch girth and tipped the scales at 23½ pounds. Hansen, who credits her husband for his landing net skills that allowed her to boat the fish, is having the northern mounted.
To read more about her fish tale, check out Sunday’s Outdoor section.