This isn't all that rare... when that happens, I can't believe the pike was legally taken. What say you guys?
The first part sounds plausible, but the pike wasn't legally hooked. In fact, the pike never touched the hook... I'm just wondering...Just to play Devil's advocate I'll answer:
The bass was legally caught. Any legally caught game fish can be used as bait (I think that's correct, except trout). Therefore your bait(bass) was used to catch the pike.
Yeah, the bass was fair hooked when the pike latched on to it, and both were netted at the boat.I am picturing this. Bass was caught with the hook. Pike was either grabbing the bass or followed it to the net ? Without more info I would say the Pike was not legally caught.