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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Two-headed Siamese pike?

March 15, 2008 at 07:28 AM

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The exact origin of this northern pike picture is hard to determine. Maybe North Dakota. Some say Utah. Others claim other places. The e-mail recently sent to me said this (these?) fish came from Lake Nippissing. Wherever the fish was caught, the picture appears to be real. Not to mention wild. Can you imagine catching this?

Closest thing I’ve ever seen happened years ago in Minnesota while on a family fishing trip. Despite long hours of trying, I struggled to catch anything. So I was nearly as grumpy as my grandfather, who—if memory serves—had surgery for ingrown toe nails shortly before we headed north for our family trip. Anyway, my mood was not improved at all when my cousin Nikki caught not one but two pike on a single lure. The two fish were basically stuck together, so that when one hit the lure she caught them both. Maybe they were in a spawning embrace. I was young. Memory fails. Whatever the case, it made me mad. But they were not joined at the head like these two. That much I do recall for certain.

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