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February 19, 2004
Food for thought...an article in June/July Muskie Hunter
it is in pdf format, so you'll need adobe acrobat reader installed, which mostly everyone has these days.
Any thoughts on this article?
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March 22, 2004
Good article Arch. I have a few thoughts on the issue:
1) The study was done with bass and not muskies.
2) These were, in effect, domesticated fish.
3) They were shown "similar" baits in the study. Is
that two different patterns of the same bait? Did
the baits have the same action?
4) Would this also apply to fish that were caught on
live bait? If so, would they avoid natural forage
and starve to death? I doubt it.
5) Is the fact that there are so few "supertankers"
being caught because of their acquired intelligence
or, in fact, because we really have no way to
gauge how many fish are being kept?
It is my personal belief that the majority of a musky's actions are based on instinct. As with any predator, that survives for an extended period of time, they will only strike if the setting is such that nothing seems out of the ordinary. Of course if they see a big form, in colors that don't look nature, looming above them they will know that something is not right and will turn away. But to actually credit them with a sense of reasoning seems a bit far fetched to me. Just my two cents worth.
March 22, 2004
never read the article (I even have an english degree) but judging from the responses, i think those muskies are pretty dam smart. they didn't bite any of my lures today. Non of them wanted to even come out and show themselves let alone playing! I showed them everything in both boxes at every speed imaginable.
Notta nothing. brylinski got 3 like he always does. man o man
thanks archie, finally I found people who love musky fishing as much as myself.
I wouldnt rule out that they may stay away after caught on the same lure a couple of times.
I think the muskies in the aquarium thing would tell all.
IMO I just think in a controlled enviroment you probably could teach the fish what to eat and what not to.
In the wild waters?? Im not sure.
What is out of the ordinary???I.ve caught muskies on just about every coler including pink.Could it be that when these fish are hungery they eat.Maybe a weather pattern sparks a feed or a full moon combined with a weather pattern.I think a lot of pressure can make these fish warry but when its time to feed,it wont matter what you toss.The difference between one fish days and multiple fish days might be getting them to eat when they are nutral.Then again if the feeding window last for a couple of hours a multiple fish day hindges on how well you can hook em.Bob