Tips and Tricks to Land the Musky of a Lifetime!
In hopes of landing that monster Musky, you need to keep these pointers in mind, to be successful in your hunt.
Although the musky is known to eat everything from fish to ducklings, and other small mammals, there are times in the year that you need to use smaller bait, as the metabolism of the fish is much slower. This is usually in the spring. The water temperature is still colder, and the fish is not as aggressive in its hunt.
Using a smaller spinner bait, or a 6-8 inch jerk bait will be more successful during this time. The musky will usually be sitting in more shallow water, as it heats up faster, running along weed beds, and rocky shoals, looking for that easy target.
As the water heats up, the fish will move into deeper water, but they will still use the same ambush points along rock shoals, and weed beds. At this time you can increase the size of your bait. You can use larger spinner baits, #6 mepps, buck tail jigs, and larger jerk baits, adding these lures to your arsenal, will increase your chances of landing a lunker.
As the leaves start to fall, and the air temperature decreases, the musky hit a frenzy. They are extremely aggressive, and will feed on bait up to 30% of their own size. During this time, I would use the largest of Musky bait, big jerk baits, and believers are my favorite choice. The musky will hit very hard. Remember: if you have a follow up, be persistent with a figure 8. The musky will be very adamant about getting that bait, and will stay close. Make sure you circle a few times, you may not see the musky, but 9 times out of 10, it will just be waiting for the right time.
Despite the time of year, and the size of musky you may be averaging, I always suggest using heavy gear, and you never know when that monster will hit.
a long, stocky rod is best, around 7'6 feet, and heavy fast action
100 pound braid with a 80 pound fluorocarbon leader ( you can buy pre made leaders from your local musky dealer or online)
The use of larger gear will increase your chances of landing the fish.
Due to the fact that musky are not very a very abundant species, it is imperative to make sure we preserve what we have now. That's why it is important to always make sure you have a large net, preferably made of rubber, to prevent harm to the fish.
It is also important to keep the fish in the water as much as possible, if you would like a picture, take it immediately and put the fish back in the water as soon as possible. With the availability of fiberglass taxidermy now, it isn't necessary to keep large fish. Releasing the monster fish back into the lakes and rivers will increase the chances of larger fish being reproduced.
An organization in Texas has started to take monster Bass caught in the tournament series, and are reproducing them, because they have proven that large fish with generally reproduce fry that will be much larger than normal.
So if you catch a monster, a fish of a life time, take a picture, take measurements of length and girth, and release the fish. Artificial Taxidermists have perfected their art, to the point where fish look just as realistic as a traditional taxidermy fish!
If your up for the fish of a Life time, try musky fishing, you wont be disappointed.