Published December 25, 2011, 12:00 AM

Photo gallery: Northern pike spearing


Mike Rybak of Grand Rapids, spear at the ready, watches for northern pike to swim within view Tuesday morning in his spearing shack on a small lake north of Grand Rapids. Rybak has been spearing northern pike since the early 1980s. (Sam Cook / scook@duluthnews.com)

  • Mike Rybak of Grand Rapids, spear at the ready, watches for northern pike to swim within view Tuesday morning in his spearing shack on a small lake north of Grand Rapids. Rybak has been spearing northern pike since the early 1980s. (Sam Cook / scook@duluthnews.com)
  • Spear in hand, Mike Rybak of Grand Rapids walks toward his spearing shack on a December morning. (Sam Cook / scook@duluthnews.com)
  • Mike Rybak’s northern pike spear has brought him a lot of fish in the past three decades. (Sam Cook / scook@duluthnews.com)
  • A sucker minnow, tethered by its dorsal fin, swims in 9 feet of water on a lake north of Grand Rapids Tuesday morning. Spearer Mike Rybak of Grand Rapids hoped the sucker would attract a northern pike. (Sam Cook / scook@duluthnews.com)
  • Mike Rybak keeps a selection of fish decoys in a coffee container. He uses the decoys to attract northern pike that he spears. (Sam Cook / scook@duluthnews.com)
  • This decoy, passed down from Mike Rybak’s father-in-law, has been in use since the 1940s. On Wednesday, he used it to spear a 35-inch, 10½-pound northern pike. (Sam Cook / scook@duluthnews.com)
  • Mike Rybak, Grand Rapids
  • In his family room, Mike Rybak displays some of the northern pike and other fish he has speared or caught over the past 30 years. He speared the northern pike at lower right. It weighed 20 pounds. The larger pike above, which he caught on hook and line, weighed 30 pounds. (Sam Cook / scook@duluthnews.com)
  • Mike Rybak holds a 10½-pound northern pike he speared Wednesday morning on a lake north of Grand Rapids. (Photo courtesy Mike Rybak)