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January 25, 2009
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OK. Winter conversation. If you could only give one tip to your fellow muskie anglers, what would it be. It shouldn't matter whether they are experienced or not? Give us something unique. The standard stuff like "buy the best tackle" or "fish whenever you can" doesn't wash.

I'll let this fester a while and then give mine. Dig deep. ;D

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.

January 25, 2009
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Pay close attention to your lure underneath of it,to the sides, behind it till you pull it out of the water at the end of the day.

In other words on a fishless day my mind wanders sometimes and Ill start looking at the natural surroundings trees birds etc. well I have lost many fish not paying attention to my lure.

January 25, 2009
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Keep a log.Body of water,weather,time caught,moon phase.As much as possible.It may take a few years but you will start to see patterns.

January 25, 2009
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While muskie fishing always have bolt cutters near by.... and make sure they can cut through a 7/0 hook..

January 25, 2009
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try and be positive,check knots,good spirits,and my favorite '' it only takes one cast ''!! BANG- YOU GOT ONE THAT COULD EAT YOUR LAST!!!!!!

January 25, 2009
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NEVER STOP CASTING!!!!!

Dreaming of muskies in Cali....

January 25, 2009
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Hire a reputable guide - worth every penny

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January 25, 2009
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i second that first hand!!!

January 25, 2009
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learn the proper figure 8

January 25, 2009
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Never, I mean never, never just pull your lure out of the water without a directional change on the retrieve. At least an L turn, something. It'll cost you fish.

Right, Hooks?!?! Dammmm, one post and you're asking advice? ;D

January 26, 2009
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Just trying to spread the knowledge. You know I don't say much.

Here's mine...Don't fall into the lure trap. There is no magic bait. If you can't load your box with 20 lures before you go and catch a fish, another 20 (or more) isn't going to help. Learn how to work 20 lures and you'll catch more fish than ever before. That leaves you with 4 hair, 4 jerks, 4 cranks, 4 surface and 4 plastic. Think about it...

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.

January 26, 2009
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Use your mind think about the conditions now and whats coming. Moon,weather,wind. Don't just go out and throw lures think and analyze use your time wisely.

I'm wishin I was fishin

January 26, 2009
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Join Muskies Inc. !

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February 2, 2009
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Hey Art - Do they work with waders as well?
I didn't get the felt soles and slip around like crazy.

We may only see what we look for.

February 3, 2009
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Art, I see you found them......they are the shilzznit aren't they?

February 8, 2009
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Fish with and learn from as many different knowledgable people as possible, and don't waste time fishing marginal water.

Chris

February 9, 2009
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ChrisNM wrote:
Fish with and learn from as many different knowledgable people as possible, and don't waste time fishing marginal water.

Chris

Chris, that may be the best tip I ever heard...well said!

Team MTF

February 18, 2009
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Boot Chains!?!?!? Didn't that one guy from the Village People have Boot Chains?!?!?! ;D

Capt. Dieter Scheel    http://www.BigDRiverGuide.com

February 18, 2009
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ChrisNM wrote:
Fish with and learn from as many different knowledgable people as possible, and don't waste time fishing marginal water.

Chris

I'd like to add something to this....and only listen to one of them or you'll really go nuts!

June 12, 2009
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Really like the idea of this thread and never contributed, so after learning a few the hard way, I offer.

Set the hook on anything, everything that does not feel 'right'. If you think it is a weed, you will clear the weed. If it is not a weed, it is a fish. Yes muskies can hit that light at times, just a tick! Keep one finger of the rod fore grip hand on the actual rod not on the cork and you will feel a lot more. Cork is an insulator, graphite will conduct. Try it! Straight up and HARD!

KJ

Some days it is not about how good you are, but how bad you want it!

June 12, 2009
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Don't be afraid to try new spots!

Catch and Release works for everyone,keeping a fish works for just one!

August 23, 2012
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trying to learn as much as I can and was going back through the old posts. This is good stuff!

....if anyone has anything to add I'll be lookin

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September 12, 2012
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I think for me its fish with confidence. When I'm not confident in what I'm doing on that particular day I'm changing lures all the time, not executing, not paying attention, and trying too many different types of locations or styles of fishing. When i feel confident in what i am doing I'm ripping lures with my entire body, sweeping figure 8s, boat control to the inch. Things happen more often when i fish with confidence.....
-matt-

September 12, 2012
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Thanks Matt!

I'm a rooky and need all the advice I can get......anyone else have words of wisdom?

sharkbait

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September 12, 2012
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Always, always, always make sure your feet, body, arms, rod and eyes are in the best position to maximize your hook setting power before casting and/or starting your retrieve. Bad body/rod position has caused me to lose a few fish especially with suicks :'(

Mike D

November 1, 2015
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good post for new members looking for advice

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September 19, 2016
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Check your leader to lure connection after landing a fish. After releasing a pike I made 2 or 3 casts with the same topwater and to my surprise the lure came off the leader when the lure hit the water. I must have unclipped it somehow when I was removing the hooks. Luckily it was a floating lure so I didnt lose it. I will always check the leader from now on.

September 19, 2016
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Have all your release tools, including bump board out and ready to go so when you do catch a fish you don't waste time finding them. Also, take the extra second or two to put your lures away or at least secured out of the way instead of leaving them on the deck where they can get wrecked, cause damage to you, or go overboard if caught with your net.

September 25, 2016
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Watch the water birds. When ducks, cormorants and loons are out fishing, the fish are likely to be active. When all the cormorants are sitting on a limb and the ducks are on shore, it might be a good time to mow the lawn and eliminate items from the honey-do list, thereby acquiring political capital to leave the kids at home and go fishing when conditions are better.

It really bothers me when cormorant is doing nothing, but when he is fishing where I am fishing, I get excited. The birds can also point out the position of bait fish.

Mike

September 26, 2016
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time on the water

~Figure 8 Em'~ >{{{{{{{{{}'>

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fishdawg said
Watch the water birds. When ducks, cormorants and loons are out fishing, the fish are likely to be active.

Thanks for the tip! I'll be taking note of this as well.

March 29, 2018
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ArtyStone said

fishdawg said
Watch the water birds. When ducks, cormorants and loons are out fishing, the fish are likely to be active.

Thanks for the tip! I'll be taking note of this as well.  

When I surf fish, watching for feeding birds on schools of bait is the golden rule.  I never gave it much consideration for freshwater fishing.  Yesterday I saw a dozen cormorants sitting on rocks in the area I was fishing and it was a sign of good things to come.  Lesson learned. Thanks 

Mike D

October 25, 2018
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If conditions are good, even if you can only fish for 2 hours, GO! 

Mike D

October 25, 2018
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...did you just catch another monster with a 2 hour bushwacking trip, Mike? 🙂

Agreed.  It'd be nice to be able to plan trips around weather, moon phases, etc.  but to me the best time to go is when I have time!

October 25, 2018
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Jesse,

     That is a very astute observation.  Now the question is, how big was that fish Mike?  Inquiring minds want to know!

 

                                                                                     DL

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October 25, 2018
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Not another fish but I went one evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m. a few weeks back for 90 minutes.  That evening I was bush whacking and caught a 46"r and saw a monster feed across the water.  I went back 3 days later for 2 hours. 6:30-8:30 a.m. and got the monster 51.25".  

Mike D

October 25, 2018
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So when can we see a pic of this BEAST!!!

October 31, 2018
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Pictures too revealing.  Not spot burning until after this Sunday 😉 

Mike D

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