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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 07:47 PM 10/16/07 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:16 AM 10/17/07 (CST)
Some good links...

20-pound muskie in the Blue Earth River

Monster Muskie Caught on Crane

Time To Stir The Muskie Pot



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:42 PM 10/17/07 (CST)
ok those links are good but all about releasing the muskies I have that, I wanna know tips on handling them so when I get a nice one I dont hurt them while I get pic and sizes, netting vs grabbing them which I have no clue on how to do it safely and then some tips would be great like best method on clear water, best fall lures/techniques, trolling vs casting I am fishing sourthern waters but surely its similar


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 05:53 PM 10/18/07 (CST)
While I've never caught a Muskie... usually when tv hosts catch them and do their photographing etc, they use a cradle (2 pieces of wood and a canvas or mesh fabric between the handles... similar to THIS ONE on Cabela's website.

Much better for the fish than getting it tangled up in your line in the net or the net itself.



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:28 PM 10/22/07 (CST)
with as many musky hunters on this site I figured that I would get many replys on good ways to handle a musky without hurting it I can only use a net or my hands its all I have I have read many ,many pages of comments about why people should not kill muskies and how they should be educated about how to handle them But nobody wants to talk about it. this thread has been going for a week now and only 2 replies that are not my own ,,,HUMMM most discouraging


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 07:34 AM 10/23/07 (CST)
All northern pike and muskie are difficult to handle because of their slippery hides, lack of good handles and sharp teeth. Big fish are particularly troublesome because of their great size and power.

The first step to successfully releasing fish is to use artificials rather than live bait. Caught on artificials and handled carefully, nearly all fish can be returned with no permanent injury.

The second step is to keep the fish in the water if at all possible. If you must lift a big fish from the water, support as much of its body as possible to avoid injuring its internal organs.

Never grip a fish by the eye sockets if you intend to release it. By doing so you abrade its eyes, injure the surrounding tissue and may cause blindness.

Here are some effective methods for handling large northern pike and muskie:

Hand release: Grip the fish over the back, right behind the gills (never by the eye sockets!) and hold it without squeezing it. With the other hand, use a pliers to remove the hooks, while leaving all but the head of the ;fish in the water. Sometimes hooks can be removed with the pliers only; the fish need never be touched.

Landing net: Hooks can be removed from some fish even as they remain in the net in the water. If that's not possible, lift the fish aboard and remove the hooks while the fish is held behind the head and around the tail. To better restrain large fish, stretch a piece of cloth or plastic over the fish and pin it down as if it were in a straight jacket.

Stretcher: A stretcher is made of net or porous cloth about 2 to 3 feet wide stretched between two poles. As you draw the fish into the cradle and lift, the fold of the mesh supports and restrains the fish. This method requires two anglers.

Tailer: Developed by Atlantic salmon anglers, a tailer is a handle with a loop at one end that is slipped over the fish's tail and tightened. The fish is thus securely held, though the head must be further restrained before the hooks are removed.




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