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  1. Stay on em, you'll get bit. Cutting your teeth is definitely a grind. Have you listened to the Ugly Pike podcasts ? I found it helpful to keep me motivated as I was going through the struggles of learning my lake and figuring out how to entice these creatures to bite. I would recommend the John Anderson episodes for some very solid pointers. I found it particularly helpful to hear the afternoon charters are far more productive vs morning charters. Getting up at 4am to catch the "morning bite" can get exhausting but the serenity of the sunrise is great. Are you throwing any paddle tails such as a swimming dawg ? It has been my hot bait this year (different lake) and it's nice because it's easier to throw vs cranks and blades. Keep at it. Check your drags, check your rod tip for any signs of wear, check your leaders. Dont want your first one to end in dissappointment due to equipment failure after all your hard work
  2. Old man pretty much covered it. I would emphasize proper handling and release tools. If you are on Facebook or even LOU it won't take long to find a post with a photo of fish being mishandled per best practice. Upon reading the ensuing comments you may develop a sour taste toward the musky fishing community and sport as a whole. DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT post a picture holding the fish vertically or covered in anything except water/slime unless you are prepared for the ruthless onslaught from keyboard musky release gestapo. Proper handling is most important for the fishes safety but it will save you trouble if you do your best to follow best practice techniques. Surprisingly musky are not hardy like other species. Minimize time out if water (try for 30seconds or less). The big net helps keep her safe while removing the hooks. http://www.steveheiting.com/release-a-musky-right/ The other key I would recommend, if you are casting, do not forget your polarized sunglasses. Musky will often follow your bait right to the boat and you can often trigger a strike by performing a boatside maneuver involving change of speed and/or direction (YouTube musky figure 8). As stated above, Pete Maina offers a wealth of musky tips and experience on all topics. But having a set of polarized sunglasses dramatically improves your ability to spot a following fish and can turn your trip from frustrating to heart racing/successful. I own Amber tint from a gas station . Any polarized are better than none. Per lures. Again for casting. I'm working on getting better at keeping it simple but I think it's important to have multiple triggering mechanisms to present them. I predominantly use the following. Double bladed inline spinner. Single bladed inline spinner.(as stated above) These are arguably the most effective means to catch a musky. And good for fishing over weeds. Dont be afraid to reel as fast as you can (this can trigger a strike) but sometimes they like it slow. Spinnerbait. Need not be huge. Great around weeds. Rubber. I've done well on paddle tail (swimming dawg) this year. But the bulldawg (curly/ twister tail style) is also a fish catcher. Glide (i.e phantom lures, warlock) and or jerk (suick, Fat AZ raptor). Pick a pull & pause style bait. The pause can be quite effective. These may require some practice / research to learn how to use correctly. Cast the weed lines 10-20'. Don't be afraid to cast to the deeper water There are far better trollers on here than I can ever hope to be. Hopefully they chime in. For casting I would recommend smaller lures 5-8" to start. Large lures cost more, are harder to retreive and not necessary to catch big fish. There is endless information available on this forum and the web. Time on water and maintaining a positive musky attitude are the keys to success. Good luck and send us a picture 😎
  3. Nice girthy fish regardless of total length especially out of a yak. My guess would be 41" +/- 2". Always feels better going to work the next day after getting some good slime time !! Nice catch
  4. So how did everyone do ? Let's hear the reports
  5. Anytime I see them it seems they're in zombie mode. I don't even cast at them anymore, they never acted interested. Guess I'll start throwing at them again. At least we know one thing, they are consistently inconsistent. There are no rules with these creatures
  6. Agree with all above. I'll go with old man on getting some points on the board other than the "participation" points... Outside of tourney: 45" fish Boat 20 masquinongy this season Get nephew and a few friends on their first masquinongy (side goal to get at least one of them chasing )
  7. Ive seen it a number of times, most frequently with tigers but also with Pike and purebreds. There are "theories". There are two which make the most sense to me: Burping itself to help swallow/digest a recent meal (swim bladder related?) Or oxygen theory. Watch fish in a tank with low O2 go to the top to bubble/gulp air. For some reason the fish could be seeking a better way to get more dissolved O2. Cool to witness for sure. Never had one act interested in any presentation while doing this - they usually ignore it and just turn a little bit but at least you know you're on fish
  8. Very interesting. For sure a musky fry ? Mind my asking how long ago ? Any pic
  9. Have there been any updates on this ? Legislative or catch rate wise for Pike or tigers ?
  10. Just curious if anyone has ever heard of a masquinongy being pulled out of the Salmon River or Little salmon ?
  11. I'm gonna get to work on my peanut butter corn doughball recipe. Maybe I'll mince up some anchochovies too
  12. So I'm working with an older gentleman (Physical therapist) and we got to talking fishing. It's always great when patients have a passion for fishing - talking fishing sure makes the workday fly by. He's 89 years old and was more of a pan fisherman "because that's what we ate, I didn't have time for sport fishing" but he did share with me the story of the first musky he ever saw. He was a young boy, he believes around 8 y.o. He was with his dad in a row boat in a bay off of the St. Lawrence. "I remember seeing it in the water and as soon as my dad got it in the boat I was out !". I thought he was kidding and asked if he jumped out of the boat. He was not. "As soon as that fish came out of the water and into the boat I jumped out". I had to ask if he considered there may be more in the water. "I didn't care, that I was right in front of me and that's all I cared about" I was dieing laughing, but the next parts were just as good. I asked "what did your dad say?" His dad's response, "I didn't think I raised a pu$$&". When his grandfather found out "he started calling me juney. He would say juuuneyyy, junneyyyy" "Well I had to fight my cousin because he thought it would be funny to start calling me juney too" "I believe that fish would measure close to 48 inches". I asked how they got it in? His dad used the net and grabbed the fish with his hands. I can hardly imagine landing a fish that large with tackle from 80 years ago. He said they had strong line, 20-30# test. I asked what they were fishing for ? Catfish ! What did you catch it on ?!?! Corn and a doughball I might start dragging a hook with corn and a doughball from now on when I'm casting shore
  13. My mistake, uploaded wrong image. Look at the bottom
  14. Did they used to permit / encourage harvesting of Pike out of there ? Could that have aided in creating a "larger fish" fishery vs "numbers" ? Don't get me wrong I'm 100% catch and release esox but I do subscribe to a system only being able to support a limited amount of predators - fewer larger or more smaller fish I would love to see another pic of a verified 45+ Pike from NY
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