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Greetings from Northeast PA. I found your site in an article titled "Musky Mania" found in issue #22, early December 2004 of the "Journal of the Everyday Sportsman."
Just wanted to send you a "thumbs up" on your web page and organization. Was VERY glad to see that you promote catch and release.
A brief background on me here... been fishing musky since the mid-70's. My favorite waters are Susquehanna River, Lackawanna State Park, Belmont Lake, Prompton Reservoir, Francis Slocum State Park, the Thousand Islands section of the St. Lawrence River where incidentally I did some bass guiding in the past, and in the past few years Lake Wallenpaupack has been productive for me (took long enough to figure it out for musky even though I have been fishing it all my life).
Hoping not to sound too "fishy," but I have caught 300+ musky over 20 pounds and have released all but a three (two were injured too badly and one was one of my first BIGUNS). A tape measure, camera and scale (weigh the net) are tools all musky hunters should utilize, capture the moment and release the fish.
Aside from musky fanaticism, I am also a fanatical bass fisherman. Joined B.A.S.S. in 1968 and fished my first B.A.S.S. event in 1973. Was very active in national circuits up until about ten years ago. Retired recently and intend to get started again.
Getting back to musky... Absolute favorite time of year for me, is October thru the winter right up to season end of musky. Cold water!
In the river even casting between the ice chunks flowing down.
Most of my musky trips are between 9AM and 3PM and there has been more than one day up to 8 fish have been caught.
I tend to be rather secretive about specific spots but have no problem sharing some knowledge of general areas, tackle, lures, techniques and miscellaneous data that over the years has found it's way into my personal data banks.
My main concern is "Catch and Release." I can empathize with a first-timer taking a nice musky once in a while, but to be honest, it turns my stomach when I see a musky (or worse, muskies) hangin off a stringer.
Anyway, I can hear the yawns and feel the raised eyebrows from whoever is reading this, so I'll close for now after saying one more time... Great job with your group and your web site!
June 23, 2004
Welcome to the club!
As one who hasn't yet caught his first one, I'm quite envious of your record. MI is a true conservation organization dedicated to educating the fishing public and propagating our favorite predator!
Capt. Dieter Scheel http://www.BigDRiverGuide.com
May 19, 2004
March 22, 2004
Its a pleasure hearing from not only a knowledgable muskie fisherman but also a person who's views on conserving the resource match our own.
What is especially good to hear is your willingness to share your knowledge with some of our more novice members (myself included). I'm eager to hear your thoughts on Wallanpaupak as I have friends that own a place on the lake and hope to get my boat up there when ice out occurs in the spring.
Once again, welcome and hopefully, together, we can all improve this resource.