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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 03:18 PM 05/19/09 (CST)
So I am taking a trip up to Park Rapids and plan to do some Musky fishin in Man-trap in June. I am bringing a frined who is pretty well equiped for gear except for Muskys. I only have one Musky Rod, and he is on a no extra money for fishing stuff budget. Which is a bit frustrating since Cabelas has an IM6 series Heavy/Fast rod for 40.00. But hey if you can't swing it you can't swing it right....Anyhow I have one of this Cabelas Big Game catfish rods. Super long and thick. However I think it is made of Fiber-Glass as it is very floppy. We plan to troll the weed edges with reasonably sized gear like big spinners, Rapala J-13's, bucktails, etc. If I rig that big game rod (big cheap spinning reel) with some dacron, and ad a 100 pound test floro leader, that should be good enoght for him to give it a shot right?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:13 PM 05/19/09 (CST)
I seen a 48" musky get caught on Rush Lake during a ice fishing contest with a jig stick and no drag! That rod will work just fine. Adjust the drag on your real for the type of fish and your just fine.



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 04:15 PM 05/19/09 (CST)
Just go with an ultra light and a crappie jig. That set up always seems to catch the big muskies.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 05:49 PM 05/19/09 (CST)
Hey Pike Lover,

As in a lot of life, the question of whether what you are doing can be successful depends on the way you go about it.

As that applies to your potential muskie set up.... it will be fine for trolling the smaller and mid sized muskie stuff. In fact if you are trolling it is far preferable to have a longer rod with a bit more flexibility. You have to remember that the boat keeps going when the fish strikes and the little extra cushion that a "spongier" action rod has is a great safety net. Last year I lost probably a 45-47 incher because I was using the wrong trolling rod. I had loaned my trolling rod to a buddy in the boat as we were making trolling runs..he didn't have anything large enoung to handle the lures. Anywayzz....that meant I was trolling with a 6 foot pool cue stiff jerk bait rod with heavy duty no stretch line. The fish hit, I set the hook, battled it for a while...but it pulled free at the boatside. On inspection I found the lure had 2 teeth imbedded in it..and one tooth hanging from a treble hook on about an inch of jaw flesh. Quite simply I pulled the hooks free...or had largely done so when the fish hit a lure going 4 miles an hour that kept going and then had me set the hook all on no stetch line. If I had been using a rod with more give I would have landed that particular fish.

On the other side of the coin... that rod you mentioned will be a horrible rod to try and use jerk baits with. It simply will not have the backbone to move a big block of wood through a fishes mouth and put hooks into it.

As an analogy we can think of it this way. A hammer is a great tool to hammer with...but it makes a lousy saw. It's the same with different rods. They have specific applications they excel at but may be almost useless at other applications.

The rod you mentioned will do fine trolling for skis' if you set it up as you stated.

Good luck and give us a report on how it worked when you get back!

Good Fishin' To Ya,

Jason "The Fisher" Pence
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 06:40 PM 05/19/09 (CST)
Thanks Jason. I was thinking some of those things, but good to hear it from someone with confidence. I am now thinking, my rod won't be good for trolling, as it is a heavy fast type. Although, I am thinking I will just set the drag to a more lose setting. Hopefully that will be OK. I have so many rods and I don't want to buy another.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 07:48 PM 05/19/09 (CST)
I use a 8 foot med.to heavey pike pole from fleet farm for many years til i picked a 6 foot pike/bass last year and use it as my back up pole. Guess what im geting at is why not look at a cheaper pole other then cabilas ?
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 07:53 AM 05/20/09 (CST)
I caught a 48 incher night fishing MilleLacs With a 6 foot GL2,6lb test line and a no.5 glass shad rap 2 years ago.Just be ready to put the boat in reverse for the chase as it doesn't take long for a 30 lb. fish to empty your spool out of 6lb. test.It took a long time to get that one in but it can be done.I was toast after that fish. smile smiley
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