Description: Esox lucius,
Irish Record:42 lbs. 12 ozs. (19.39 Kg.) for a lough fish
42 lbs. (19.05 Kg.) for a river fish.
It is possible that pike are the oldest fish in Ireland and the UK. It is highly camouflaged in greens and browns which can change to suit the Pikes environments. The northern pike (known as the pike in Britain),
Esox lucius, is a species of carnivorous fish of the genus Esox (the pikes). They are typical of brackish and freshwaters of the northern hemisphere (i.e. holarctic in distribution). They are also known by the literal translation of their latin name, "water wolf". The green and yellow body marking allow the pike to hide as a patch of weed launching itself after small prey.
Location: Pike are not known to be a shoal fish but sometimes group together. The tend to be close by to the other prey species and their next meal.
Pike rarely are found in the main current preferring to ambush fish as they pass by from behind rushes or back eddies.
Distribution: Pike are widespread throughout Europe and north Amercia