Why is the pike considered one of the most voracious of fishes ?

Because it devours not only fish, but also amphibia of all kinds, toads, etc; many aquatic birds, small quadrupeds, and even crabs.

Stones, weighing 5 oz. and upwards, have sometimes been found in the stomachs of pikes, which must have been swallowed by them whole.

The Zetlandic fishermen assert, that cod-fish swallow stones before a storm, to enable them to rest more securely at the bottom of the sea, during the continuance of the agitated waves. - Fleming.