Helluva haul: Catching a 34-inch, 12 pound pike with a spearfish | SteamboatToday.com

Helluva haul: Catching a 34-inch, 12 pound pike with a spearfish

Adrian Beauregard with a whopper of a pike caught spearfishing during Straightline Sports' pike fishing derby in August.

While an August Yampa River pike fishing derby by Colorado Parks & Wildlife and Straightline Sports brought fishermen out in droves, no one pursued it deeper than Cedar Beauregard and his kids, Luke and Adrian, who spearfished for the invasive, trout-eating species. "We went from Fetcher Pond up to Chuck Lewis State Park," he says. "It's like an alligator wrestling match getting one. I wear Kevlar gloves and keep my hands away from their mouth."

In all, the Beauregard clan entered 30 fish on the contest sheet, the largest measuring 34 inches and weighing 12 pounds. The tally easily won Beauregard the title, and pike fly rod that came with it. "He blew everyone else away," says Straightline co-owner Brett Lee, adding the contest included awards for biggest, most and even smallest pike caught. "He won all of the categories hands down."

Beauregard, who uses a 5mm open-cell wetsuit, leaded dive belt and a 1,200-lumen dive light, says it's somewhat nerve-racking. "Snorkeling in the river in the dark is the most spooky thing I’ve ever done," he says. "It’s like going through the haunted house multiple times. Most people I bring to do it don't do it twice."

In all, Lee says, anglers entered more than 60 pike during the month, whose information is being supplied to CPW. "Our goal was to get rid of as many pike as possible," he says. "It didn't matter how people caught them; Cedar's technique was perfectly legal — and effective."

This story originally ran in Steamboat Living magazine.