It was two for the price of one for Sault Ste. Marie's Steve Miller this week.

Miller casted off from his friend Keven Savoie's boat on Monday. He thought a small whitefish hit his line. It did, but at the same moment, he got a bonus he wasn't counting on.

The moment he started reeling the smaller fish in, a giant Northern Pike went to eat the Whitefish, and the fight was on for Miller.

For a moment, Miller thought he had a salmon on the line, and was just hoping his four-pound test line would hold.

It did, and then Miller saw the reality of his catch, a 33-pound Northern Pike.

The Evening News picks up the story from there:

...there was another thing that made this unusual.

The pike wasn’t even hooked.

The fly was buried in the mouth of the whitefish — which had served as the prize in this tug of war. Had the pike just once released its grip on the smaller fish, it would have left Miller with a sad tale of the one that got away.

The pike’s stubbornness and a little bit of luck produced the river’s equivalent of killing two birds with one stone. It also provided the 35-year-old Miller with a meal and a story he can share of the time he landed two fish on a single fly.


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