The standout in part one is the title essay that first ran in 2010, which begins as a tribute to chain pickerel
, the "lone ambush hunter" that can "accelerate like a bullet" when prey swims past.
The essay describes in exquisite, meditative detail fishing with a friend for chain pickerel
, a tricky fish other fishers consider a nuisance, around a patch of lily pads on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
Fish species include both freshwater types like largemouth bass, sunfish, and chain pickerel
, and saltwater types like redfish and seatrout that come in from the bay.
This 10-acre pond contains a variety of common warmwater fish species, including largemouth bass, sunfish, chain pickerel
, and bullhead.
Jake Souza: Brook trout (Hamblin Pond, Barnstable), brown trout (Peter's Pond, Sandwich), bullhead (Mashpee-Wakeby Lake, Mashpee), chain pickerel
(Onota Lake, Pittsfield), crappie (Indian Lake, Worcester), largemouth bass (Watson Pond, Taunton), smallmouth bass (Hamblin Pond, Barnstable), sunfish (Snake Pond, Sandwich), tiger trout (Peter's Pond, Sandwich), white perch (Snake Pond, Sandwich), yellow perch (Peter's Pond, Sandwich).
Seven species not previously reported from Cox Creek included: river chub Nocomis micropogon (Cope), telescope shiner Notropis telescopus (Cope), golden redhorse Moxostoma erythrurum (Rafinesque), chain pickerel
Esox niger Lesueur, smallmouth bass Micropterus dolomieu Lacepede, greenside darter Etheostoma blennioides (Rafinesque), and banded darter Etheostoma zonale (Cope).
Grass pickerel Esox americanus vermiculatus (Crossman, 1966) is the smallest member of the family Esocidae which includes muskellunge Esox masquinongy, northern pike Esox lucius, chain pickerel
Esox niger and redfin pickerel Esox americanus americanus (Crossman, 1966).
That evening, I demonstrated the new design by landing two chain pickerel
Esox niger.--The chain pickerel
is common in eastern United States.
"I thought that one of the biggest violators we have is really God, through the volcanoes and the gases that come up through the ocean, and about 40 to 65 percent of this mercury is His problem and I don't know how to deal with this." In July, the DEP finally warned anglers to limit their appetite for large mouth bass and chain pickerel
, the two species with the most methyl mercury in the study.
Pike, chain pickerel
, walleyes, and saugers can be grabbed just behind the head.
The bass was quickly followed up by three chain pickerel
, their elongated green bodies shining in the dim glow of the cloudy morning.