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April 29, 2007
October 1, 2008
OK, while not speaking from a wealth of muskie experience with this tip, when fishing Northern Pike in Canada for 15 years where I have 10 fish between 40" and 46", or catching many Largemouth and Smallmouth bass between 18" and 20" over the last 30 years, my clear water go to bait is always a white and tandem silver willow leaf blade spinnerbait. I will use that same strategy for muskie this summer in clear water with blue skies.
October 14, 2005
I too am not one to give advice, but recently have been reading a really great book, entitled "The Complete Guide To Musky Hunting", by Jim Saric and Steve Heiting. In the book, under Confronting Cold Fronts, Heiting talks about fishing the post frontal conditions, with blue bird skies and warm temps. One of the suggestions that he recommends , is to target heavy weedbeds, and look for the heaviest section of weeds, and that typically where the muskies will "hang out". Muskies generally , under those conditions, won't come up for a bait, so you need to get the bait to them. He suggests using heavily weighted suicks or bobbie baits. You bump them into heavy cover, and allow them to rise slowly back to the surface. Black and dark natural colors should be used.
I personally haven't tried it yet, but plan to this year...so take this advice for what it's worth.
Sometimes you've got to "jiggle' it, and sometimes you've got to give it one big