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Pike are probably the most voracious carnivores of all our freshwater fish.  They lurk amongst water weed, perfectly camouflaged, waiting for passing fish, or unsuspecting small birds paddling overhead.  Fresh duckling is definitely on the menu for pike this month.  If you see a duckling disappear below the surface of the water and not return, it might well have been piked!


Pike are not averse to a bit of cannibalism either, and cannibalism is rarely ever a good thing.  As you can see from this photo the Pike on the left has died of suffocation trying to swallow another Pike, the same size as itself.  Sometimes you really can bite off more than you can chew.



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