Re: NANFA-- a native sort of monday sentiment...

Jay DeLong (
Tue, 26 Nov 2002 12:08:46 -0800

>What concerns me about this picture is that I don't think a pike would
>swallow anything tail first and there certainly is little room to turn around
>or even much chance the trout would still be alive. Plus it doesn't look like
>a trout.

I think it is probably a juvenile trout. I wonder if fish-eating fish
learn from experience which fish they can't take tail first? Given the
choice between a soft rayed and spiny rayed fish, what fish wouldn't choose
a trout or minnow over a sunfish? Someone once suggested that carp in
lakes may post an overall benefit to the bass fishery because juvenile bass
chow down on carp fry.

Maybe there's no room in the pike's stomach. I had a grass pickerel once
and it was a voracious eater.

Looking closely I think I see a tiny fish in the trout's mouth too. Just

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
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