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Bennett's porky pike

Helga Bennett, of West Fargo, poses with an 8 pound, 8 ounce northern pike she caught on Lake Ohies in South Dakota.

When Helga Bennett was fishing three weeks ago on South Dakota's Lake Ohies, she was going for "anything you could catch."

She hardly could believe when "anything" turned into a rather large fish.

Bennett hauled in not one, but two pike that tipped the scales at more than 8 pounds apiece. One, in particular, really gave her a run for her money.

"Oh, it was a fighter," Bennett said. "We had a hard time getting him in the net because he was so long."

Bennett, who is from West Fargo, was fishing with her boyfriend Dick Fuller, also of West Fargo. They taped out the largest pike at nearly 32 inches long and 8 pounds, 8 ounces.

Bennett said the fish was delicious fried.

"We loaded it up in flour with salt and pepper. It was very good," she said.

Besides the lunker pike, Bennett and Fuller also caught a smattering of other fish using just nightcrawlers, including walleye, catfish and bullhead.

"It was a fun trip," she said.

Have you caught a fish or shot a trophy animal and want to share the experience? Send a picture along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Tyler Shoberg, The West Fargo Pioneer, PO Box 457, West Fargo, N.D. 58078, or send an e-mail to Please include a brief description that includes the animal's size, as well as who was with and where.