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Going for 1st musky
May 29, 2007
10:30 am

hi, new to the board. Just checked it out last night and was hooked.
I fish up here is NE PA. Im an avid smallmouth fisherman.
I have watched people catch musky with me mostly on accident.
I have tried with big rebels in various parts of the susquehanna but only with limited follows (2)
I ended up the last couple of years hooking into musky accidently fishing for bass. I like to use an ultra
light with 6 lb test. The musky end up grabbing whatever I had on. I have Francis Slocum near me
and a good stretch of the river along 92 thr Tunchanock(?) Im basically looking for advice.

May 29, 2007
3:10 pm
Musky Ed
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First, let me welcome you to the group. You'll find this to be a great bunch of people dedicated to improving the musky fishery here in Eastern PA and NJ. I, myself, live just east of Scranton. I fish mainly in the lakes, but want to hit the river. I have never been to Francis Slocum, but it is in the plans for future expeditions.

As for equipment, you'll find opinions widely vary on this topoic. I have two rods, both Shimano's and 2 different brand reels. One setup is a Shimano Compre 7' rod (model CPC-70H) with an Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500C3 reel. The other is a Shimano Compre 7' 6" (model CPC-M76H) with a Pinnacle Vision VS 30 reel. Both are spooled with PowerPro 65# line. These are great medium priced setups and work well for me. I use the bigger rig for the heavier lures. As for lure selection, hard to say. I have too many, yet not enough. You need a selection of bucktails, spinnerbaits and some crankbaitsand a couple of topwaters. Finding Musky gear in this area is kind of hard, but can be done. Just have to make sure it can handle a battle with a musky. Search through some of the older postings and these topics are talked about. Some of our members have fished the river in your area and should be a good source of information. From what I have personally seen and heard about this area, keep throwing the bass stuff. You'll have more success with it than musky gear! ;D Again, welcome abord, and maybe one of these days we can hookup (literally!) and get some Musky time on the water. I spent the last 4 days working in my yard! You should also come to one of our meetings.

<<<<><<< Ed

Hooksets are free!

May 30, 2007
4:08 am

Hey, thanks for the reply....where have you been getting luck in your area. I have been getting to know Prompton dam a little.
I heard about some of the musky in the spill way. I went there for some "eyes" and musky last fall. No luck.
Slocum is funny....I had a relative pull a 40" out a couple years back on a night crawler blown with air floated on the bottom.

As far as equipment...thanks. I have been using an ugly stick extra heavy action in 6'6. I picked a bigger Shimano solstice with the adjusted fighting drag. Its good to know what else I can get my hands on.

I have come to realize that the musky is my "white ghost" ever eluding me.

June 2, 2007
4:28 am
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I live at Lake Winola (unfortunately not a muskie lake) which is near the areas you are describing. I have aquired lots of muskie rods, reals, baits, etc. over the past two years but still haven't boated a legal muskie. When I do catch my first over 40" I plan to release it. Last Labor Day weekend, I lost a sizable tiger at the boat on Lackawanna State Park lake. My boat is a little too big for the river but if you ever want to fish some lakes give me a call and we can connect. MI50 is a great bunch of guys that can help your learning curve. The muskie school can answer many of your questions as you spend a day on the water with one of the seasoned members. PM me optiangler@epix.net and we can exchange numbers.

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