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Lure Selection, A Monthly Profile

The chart shown below provides a more detailed perspective on what lures worked well for each of the months of the season. As you can see, there are some predictable lure patterns in the chart presentation. One of the interesting patterns, though, is related to crank baits...More

Twitch, Jerk and Glide

Every tackle company seems to have one, Bobbie, Eddie, Teddie, Mikey…if you don’t have one named after you, hang in there…I am sure it won’t be long in coming. With all of the different jerkbaits to pick from, just what do you look for before laying down your hard earned money?...More

Hangin' Jerk Baits

A slow presentation will sometimes produce fish in the cold waters of late fall when nothing else seems to work. How slow is "slow"? I mean so slow it would drive the normal "run and gun" fisherman crazy. A slow lure retrieve has produced some big Muskies for me when all else fails. But. . . let me get a bit more specific...More

GOOD SCOUTING & A FLEXIBLE TACKLE ATTACK

Good scouting of the body of water you are fishing upon is essential to being a successful Musky angler. Even if you are sure that you "know" the water you are fishing, it doesn't hurt to take a couple of hours to revisit old spots and refresh your memory. In this article we are going to discuss scouting the "spot-on-a-spot" as well as some tackle tactics for producing fish on such a location. The first step is to identify a likely candidate...More

Working Deep Wood

Sure we all like to catch those super active Muskies in shallow water. But how about those days or even weeks in the mid to late summer when the shallows seem to be devoid of any Muskies, much less active ones? One could schedule fishing only during low light periods such as early morning, late evening, or even at night. Or wait for a nice stormy day, when active Muskies are sure to venture into the shallows. However, this approach obviously would leave an awful lot of time when we would not be fishing...More

Summer Is The Time Of Acute Musky Fever

Summer signals the start of the hot action for the King of the Freshwater Fish. Musky are spreading out and more likely to be on main-lake spots. Weed beds are reaching for the sky, and the water-ah! The water temperatures are reaching a steady 68-74 degrees. Musky are putting on the feed bag. Big females are starting to show up; this is the time of the season when musky action is at its best. There’s more fish action now than in any other month. September might see more trophy fish, but late June through early July is when the real action takes place...More

Bucktails...For Some A Primary Lure

Many Muskie fishermen and women who are just beginning to experience the thrill of Muskie angling often wonder what they need in their tackle box in the way of lures, tools and other accessories. It is sure easy to be overwhelmed by the hype associated with the Muskie industry...More

HOW EFFECTIVE ARE SURFACE LURES?

Too many Musky anglers under estimate the effectiveness of surface lures and, all too often, are found possessing only a spattering of token surface baits in their tackle boxes - lures which commonly collect more dust than teeth marks. Contrary to what some anglers may think, surface bait fishing for Musky is not solely restricted to just the shallow, darker water, lakes and flowages, nor is it a thing of the past...More

Everyone Has A Job In A Crowded Boat

This summer I had the great pleasure to share a Muskie adventure with my good friend Rob Meusec. He joined me for a few days during my annual pilgrimage to the Chippewa Flowage…so I hired a guide, John Dettloff, for a half day (evening & night) and we set out on our quest in search of Mr. Muskie. This was no philanthropic exercise on my part for you see, Rob is the person who infected me with Muskie fever some 25 years ago and this is my way of thanking him for all of the memories and adventures since our first excursion...More

What About Dark Water After Dark

Spending an evening surrounded by the serenity and natural beauty of a Northwoods flowage (reservoir) can be a unique experience, especially when you throw in a little Musky action. You might even think it can't get much better than that, however, sometimes it can, and this was one of those times. Not only was it a beautiful evening with little wind and a clear sky, but I was anticipating action from big fish...More

Under Cover Of Darkness

The night hunt takes on a unique twist when the night angler is by himself. The solitary night Musky angler finds him or herself pitching their lure into the gloom over water and near structure that can only be seen in the mind’s eye. There is with each cast the excitement that comes with the potential of a night strike and the apprehension of having to fight a toothy critter without the advantage of good vision. More so than at any other time, a Musky angler fishing at night is doing so on the Musky’s terms...More

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