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Outdoor Journal: Season set to open for toothy predators

George Drygula of Amsterdam holds the 42½-inch northern pike he caught on the Great Sacandaga Lake during last year’s Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation Spring Tournament.
George Drygula of Amsterdam holds the 42½-inch northern pike he caught on the Great Sacandaga Lake during last year’s Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation Spring Tournament.
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Seasons for four species of freshwater gamefish — northern pike, pickerel, walleye and tiger muskellunge — all of which have a mouthful of sharp teeth, will open Saturday. Any one of these toothy pred­ators on the end of a line will provide a thrilling, tackle-testing battle, as well as test angling skills and nerves. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of each of these fish, the diet they prefer (both artificial and live) and ...


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