The History channels Monster Quest follows researchers and adventurers in their pursuit of monster sized, man eating FRESH WATER fish from the Amazon to the Canadian Arctic. Catfish, Pike, Musky, Gar and boat sized Lake Trout are investigated.
Its an easy and enjoyable way to kill 45 minutes if you are stuck at home and weary of watching news of the plague.
As a kid who grew up near a river, the "giant alligator gar" that prowled the banks was a local legend. Many claimed to have seen it, but it was sort of our local Bigfoot, and no stories could ever be verified.
I have always been surprised that attacks on swimmers by Northern Pike and Muskies are not more common than they are in Far North lakes. These fresh water Barracudas can grow to over 5 feet in length and weigh over 60 lbs. They will kill off every other fish species in a lake.
Once while swimming in the Florida keys my wife got bumped, more than once, by a large grey mass underwater. We thought it was a shark and freaked, but it turned out to be this huge grouper. Turns out he had a local nickname and this behavior was common for swimmers in "his" part of the ocean.
I've seen enough pictures of Australian Murray River cod to believe the stories about monsters. 90% of the fish are in 10% of the water. I'll heat the pan first, then go fishing.
I've seen enough pictures of big fish in outdoor magazines to say that some action shots are fake and I'm the guy who did the fakery for the camera. Thought my arms were going to fall off.
Back in my Kodachrome days, I caught Northern pike and Lake trout in the 20-30 lb class. I would far rather haul in a 5-pounder (or less) and get to fixing a fried fish feed. Canadian freshwater species rank right up there with Pacific halibut. Walleye, Perch & Burbot.
I was bitten, up on the Churchill River (Nipew Lake), by a Northern pike when I was washing my hands over the side of the boat. I recall we fished hard and put one big fish in the pan that night. Some days, it's just practical to shoot them.
Lie on the bottom with SCUBA gear and look up. The pike will strike a prey fish really hard to shock and cripple it. Then they sweep around to take it, head first. You fish a lure differently after that, knowing they will come in from the side, all the time.
Gosh...the ol’ alligator gar...almost forgot about them. Huge...nasty, prehistoric fish I believe? Seen a lot of folks back in the day hauling them and carp out of the rivers and streams for supper. Takes a special kind of person to eat either of those fish.
“River Monsters” with Jeremy Wade has been one of my favorite TV shows for years. Every episode is an adventure.