Why 90 seconds?

Why 90 seconds?

September 28, 2011  |  Fishing Tips, Project Noble Beast  |  No Comments

I feel compelled to write a post today based on a comment about this project I received recently. In short, the comment took issue with the use of 90 seconds as an air exposure duration in the catch-and-release study. What follows is my response (should anyone ever directly ask me).

By and large, specialized muskellunge anglers handle their catches similarly; we use nets big enough to fit over most 5-year old kids, “thief approved” bolt cutters, and pliers big enough to yank an elephant’s tooth out. However, when it comes time to proving that we as anglers aren’t liars, there is a high degree of variability. Some people adhere to a 3 picture maximum, or an air exposure duration equivalent to the length of time you can hold your breath, while still others prefer to allow others in the boat a chance to hold the fish and maybe take video. Bottom line, some fish are held out of water for as little as 10 seconds and maybe up to a couple minutes, depending on how someone chooses to “admire” their catch. Furthermore, this was evident based on the responses from surveys passed around to a couple Muskies Canada chapters. Ninety seconds, therefore, is not an excessive amount of time. Five minutes might be, but 90 seconds is probably not. Read More
Rattle Your Way To Spring Success

Rattle Your Way To Spring Success

March 9, 2011  |  Fishing Tips  |  No Comments

by Tony Grant

With musky fever hot on your brain, you contemplate your next spring trip to Southern musky water. When you get there, the high waters, rain, and muddy conditions have you re-evaluating your decision to use your vacation days on some early season musky fishing. You remember the stories we have all heard about how someone’s spring trip to a Southern musky hotspot was spoiled by extremely high water. Having heard these stories quite often in my travels to shows, tournaments and seminars across musky country, I have always looked for methods to help my clients overcome these conditions. Read More

Tuf-Line Info Center

Tuf-Line Info Center

January 20, 2011  |  Fishing Tips, Tackle Review  |  Comments Off on Tuf-Line Info Center

Tuf-Line braided superlines add superior strength, sensitivity and handling to every fishing application. Our superior engineering offers a wide selection of lines to suit your needs. For the new user, there are distinct differences between Tuf-Line and traditional monofilament lines you may be used to.

We offer these tips as a guide to experiencing the best Tuf-Lines have to offer.

Choosing line by diameter, not breaking strength:

Tuf-Line offers an incredible strength and diameter advantage over monofilament lines. When choosing a Tuf-Line to replace a monofilament line, it’s usually best to choose a Tuf-Line with comparative diameter to the monofilament. This might mean replacing 12-pound monofilament with 50-pound Tuf-Line. The benefit to this approach is maintaining similar handling characteristics to what’s currently comfortable. Sure, that’s incredibly strong, and yes, your days of breaking off fish and lures may be over. The area where this is not the case is in applications like offshore fisheries, where you may use a comparative strength Tuf-Line to the monofilament you’ve previously used in order to gain substantial line capacity on your reel. Another area might be one in which Tuf-Lines diameter advantage is used to dramatically increase casting distance, as in bank or surf fishing. Read More

Red October Tube Rigging

Red October Tube Rigging

January 10, 2011  |  Fishing Tips, Tackle Review  |  Comments Off on Red October Tube Rigging

How to rig 10″ Red October Baits Monster Tubes and 7.5″Ninja Tubes with Through-The-Nose rigs for casting in the shallow 2-15 foot range, usually associated with weededges, rocky breaks, or other common shallow water Muskie structure. With this rig the tube will behave much like a jerkbait or glider. However, it is also slow sinking and has the ability to be worked fast or slow. It is very erratic and versatile, and by letting it sink a little before the retrieve, you have the ability to cover many different depths. Read More

A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words

A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words

October 11, 2010  |  Fishing Tips, news  |  No Comments

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Good photographs are priceless and the best way to save our favorite memories. It seems that everyone enjoys seeing pictures of their fishing and other outdoor adventures, but truly good pictures that capture the fish and angler in a pleasing pose are rare.
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