So . . . what ripped up this Rapala on my friend's dock? A northern pike? A bluegill on steroids?
No. In all likelihood, it was a raccoon that saw a shiny object dangling about 6 inches below the tip of the rod as it leaned on the railing.
What seems to have happened is that the animal eventually wrapped the line around one of the railing posts and that gave it enough leverage to pull the hooks out of the wooden bait. Of course, the two trebles probably still are embedded in the animal.
Don't leave lures or hooks dangling from the end of your fishing rods. When you do, you're just inviting trouble.