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Alex and Anton Babich were fishing on Wawasee Lake in northern Indiana when they stumbled upon a truly remarkable sight. Trapped in the crystal-clear ice, right near the surface, was a pike that tried to eat a bass whole — but froze to death halfway through.
The fish were perfectly preserved by the ice, so the brothers did what any sensible outdoorsmen would: they cut it out to take a better look!
Alex surmised that the bass was caught by an ice angler, but was released due to its small size. The bass died shortly thereafter and likely floated up to just beneath the ice, where it looked to be an easy meal for the pike. Of course, the pike bit off more than it could chew, and choked with the bass only about halfway down. A sharp temperature drop froze the fish in place.
That’s really the only explanation that makes any sense, but it’s a cool sight regardless of the background. To the Babich brothers, I’d like to say thanks for taking the time to give us all a closer look.