Ain't that a thrill. I just bought the same reel. Hope to have the same luck. You can't beat an Abu Garcia. I have an old open face that I fished out of ...more a lake about ten years ago and still use it.
Not a real keen eye to identifying fish but from what i've seen pickerel have a vertical black stripe past their eye. I don't recall one being there and ...more the video I have there doesn't appear to be one either. So i'm assuming it was a northern pike. He was 22+ inches long. Didn't have a scale with me to measure. Next one I land in this lake i'll be sure to post a picture on the catch. Bait fish were feeding like madmen about 6 feet from the bank i was fishing and I walked out on some rocks about 5 feet out in the mix of them. 20 yard cast straight out and he was on the hook about 10 yards from me.