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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:17 PM 08/26/09 (CST)
I haven't really fished for Minnesota's biggest trophy. It's just not my thing. But, today, at Bald Eagle Lake, I caught one anyhow--my very first. Not big, as muskies go, it just measured between 35" and 36", but it was a muskie, and a big surprise to me. I was fishing for bass and northerns, with a medium-light spinning outfit and 8 lb. test Trilene XL. I always put a light 6" steel leader on to keep from losing lures to the northerns. On the end of that, I had a mini Booyah 3/16 oz. triple willow blade spinnerbait, with a green skirt.

I was fishing on the edge of a lily pad bed, in about 3' of water, casting along the edge of the pads. No sooner did the spinnerbait hit the water than WHAM! it got sucked up by a huge swirl in the water and the battle was on. I fish with a fairly light drag and it was buzzing away as the muskie took some line in an initial run...away from the lily pads, thank goodness. I made an adjustment and started working on the fish.

After some serious rod-bending and drag buzzing, the thing got near the boat...then went under the boat, of course. Rod tip in the water, I coaxed it back out on my fishing side and grabbed my net. After a few more short runs, it was in the net. I unhooked it, gave it a quick measurement, then slipped it back in the water. No photos. It's just too hard to do that while fishing alone.

So, am I hooked on muskie fishing? Nah. I'll keep on going after the bass and pike, but it sure was nice to finally catch my first muskie. WooHoo!
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 03:23 PM 08/26/09 (CST)
thats what we usually do, just fish for bass with spinners and buzzers and we can usually catch some pretty nice tiger muskies! the muskie in my picture was caught with a white spinner fishing for bass, that muskie ended up being 43 inches, quite the fight!




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:31 PM 08/26/09 (CST)
Muskie fishing can be a lot like bass fishing - the difference being that since you know in advance you're going for the monsters, you rig up accordingly. And of course, there's a difference in the frequency of the bite.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 06:39 PM 08/26/09 (CST)
Yeah, the bass, northerns, and muskies seem to be in the same areas. There was a muskie fisherman not too far from where I was, complete with the big boat, the big tackle, and all that, making cast after cast with no success. He didn't look pleased when I caught that little one.

I don't fish for them, specifically, because it seems that if you're doing that, you're not catching the other fish, what with the big baits and specialized tackle. So, a lot of muskie fishermen get skunked on a regular basis, or that's what I hear when I talk to other fishermen at the lake.

So, why not just fish and let the muskies bite if they want? It's fun, though, to catch one on light tackle. I figure the one I caught weighed about 12 pounds, based on the feel when I handled the net. Now, a 12 pound fish is an OK thing with 8 lb. test line. I doubt, though, if I could have boated one of the 48 inchers from that lake, especially in the weeds, but you never know.


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