Most years I don't plan on much other than a few days with the family and ice cold water to jump in on a hot day. This year I've got plans, and it makes me nervous. I don't like expectations - without them you can't be disappointed - but I've been reading up on pickerel. I've caught pickerel in the pond on many occasions, but I recently discovered what a trophy grass pickerel looks like and I think I've seen one in person, maybe even caught one.
Above is the Oklahoma state record specimen. I know what you're thinking because I thought it too. "13 inches makes for a record?" I've always assumed the fish I caught were little, but if these fish are truly grass pickerel (as opposed to chain) the ones I've caught have been impressive. I've also seen a photo of my great uncle holding two that had to be at least a foot long.
Missouri's state record grass pickerel weighed 1lb 3oz but the chain pickerel record is a less likely 5lb 1oz. I doubt a new state record is in my future but I think I can hit 10 inches at least. I better study up on the differences before Thursday. Knowing my luck I'll catch a 15 incher, get all excited and come home to find out it's a chain pickerel.
I won't know until I try....
Update: Click here to see how I did.