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Tips and secrets for catching big muskies?

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I’m determined to catch my first muskie… Any tips on how to go about it?

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  1. Xavier on Jan 06, 2013 Reply

    You can either cast or troll for muskies – I prefer casting.

    Your hooks need to be razor sharp. Replace your standard hooks with 1/0, 2/0 or even 3/0 hooks. Muskies often straighten standard hooks from sheer power.

    Focus on shallow areas, 2- to 6-feet deep, with rocks or weedbeds. Muskies often sit in ‘ambush spots’ in weedbeds, waiting for unsuspecting prey to swim past – so look out for alleys through beds where they may be hiding.

    Slow retrieving has always worked best for me, but it’s worth varying the speed of your retrieves.

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  2. Sandor Fillior on Jan 11, 2013 Reply

    Muskie can be hard to catch in the early spring since they tend to be sluggish after the winter. Shallow lakes or lakes with fairly extensive shallow spots are your best bet and your best time for spring fishing is in the late morning and early afternoon. Summer will find the muskie a bit more lively and ready to take the bait. You’ll need heavy duty tackle now as the fish are getting feisty and will put up a good fight. Autumn is the time to go for that record muskie as they’ve had a full summer of feeding to put on size and weight.

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    Flyfishing Fred on Jan 16, 2013 Reply

    Both weather and location play a big role in finding the largest muskies. You are most likely to find big muskellunge where there is a good spot for them to feed — near complicated rock structures in the water, for example, or where shallow and deep water meet abruptly.

    They are also likely to be closer to the surface if the skies are overcast and the wind is kicking up a bit of chop. They like dimmer conditions and agitated water, and are likely to lie low on bright, still days.

    And please remember that “catch and release” is one of the preferred methods of fishing for these unique Great Lakes pike today. We need to take all steps possible to conserve their population for the future, too!

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