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August 22, 2010
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i do alot of fishing at mt lake, get alot of follows.yesterday had four follows in an hour. earlier in the year, when i would get a follow and go into the 8 the fish would keep swimming and go under the boat. now when i get a follow and they get within six feet of the boat, they just turn around and swim off. is this typical behavior for this time of year?or unique to mt lake? will their aggressiveness pick up or are they so conditioned that they most likely are done for the year? i feel as though i have tried just about everything to get them to hit. various retrieve speeds/cadences,stopping/speeding up the retrieve when their following, i think just about the only thing i have not tried is breaking out the bass gear. :'( any suggestions?

August 23, 2010
1:27 pm
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That's why they call that place " the lake of follows"!

ITS NOT THE SIZE OF YOUR BOAT
ITS THE SIZE OF WHATS ON YOUR BUMPBOARD!
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August 23, 2010
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Mnt.lake is a tough lake .the fish in that lake seen every lure in the box.id try trolling here an there an try low light hours.night fishings another idea.that lake gets tons of pressure but there's a lot of fish in the lake.I caught my first muskie there so tht place is kinda special to me but its been a while since I fished there.

August 25, 2010
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That a des trophy muskie lk right? Thats why its called muskie fishin. ha ha good luck, youll hook up soon.

August 25, 2010
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August 25, 2010
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THATS HILLARIOUS... i have to admit that never crossed my mind ;D ;D

September 4, 2010
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Guys... top line preditors have their eyes set on top of their melon. Regardless of the body of water take the rod tip down prior to seeing your lure boat side.(Yes you may even have to haul down a top water lure...) Their line of sight will follow the lure down deeper and take the focus off of you. Fail to do this and all you'll do on any pressured lake is say hello.

Every lure presentation has these fish looking at you at the end of the retrieve... especially deep water crank baits. Force them to keep their eye on the ball and not you and you'll convert more follows.

On the break off follow... rip the lure out of the water and slam it back down in front of the retreating fish. A sharp rip with a change of direction and take the lure down to take the focus off you. Go into your figure eight or run the boat but be quiet and keep that rod tip down. Big loops on the eight, high then low. If she breaks off a second time back off... mark the spot and return later with a slight lure change, change of speed or attack the spot from a different angle.

Old toothie sees more than musky hunters out there on a daily basis.

PS... TNT is very effective. LOL

Cal Huntzinger
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September 5, 2010
11:23 pm
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make sure u weight it wit atleast 5lbs too get it dwn fast!! depending on the charge or clearance of the substance!! ha ha ha ;D ::)

September 7, 2010
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Mt. Lake and Echo Lake are Designated Trophy Waters. We're trying to get the size limit increased to 48" on Trophy Waters and 40" state wide for the 2012 season.

Earlier this year Mt. Lake was treated twice with weed killer and it SHUT THE FISH DOWN... PERIOD END OF STORY!!!! Very few fish were caught so don't feel bad. I personally had eighty follows (you read it right... eighty!) over a four day period with only one hook up which I lost boat side.

The weed killer seemed to make the fish coming off the weed line very lazy. They should have been more aggressive. There may be a connection between lower oxygen levels in the shallows ( 12' and less ) and how lethargic these fish were. (When the vegetation dies it begins to draw oxygen from the water, part of the decay process.) Six other members experienced the same thing during this time frame.

Believe me when I tell you that they hammered the weeds. I saw multiple dead slab crappie that ranged from 14" to 16" during this period. We advised the chief of NJ Fish and Wildlife as to our concerns on the potential over use of herbicides. The township has the right to treat the lake so we'll have to keep working on getting them to back off with the chemicals.

Cal

September 8, 2010
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Thanks for the read!! It sucks when they screw wit the cover, leave the poor lakes alone. Sometimes that duck weed stinks, but fish seem too always be waitin under there too smash something that dares to break the cover!!!

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