Secret Weapon for Spring & Fall!

Secret Weapon for Spring & Fall!

April 1, 2010  |  Fishing Tips  |  No Comments

It was the spring of 1995, and I was fishing the Musky opener in Vilas County, Wisconsin.  We had an exceptionally late ice out that year and water temperatures were way behind schedule. The weather that particular weekend was typical of late May in northern Wisconsin. Very cool mornings coupled with temperatures climbing into the upper 70’s late in the afternoon hours. I launched my boat on opening day with a lot of anticipation, since we had a long cold winter that seemed to drag on forever. I fished my normal spots, such as newly emerging weed beds, points, and inside turn areas close to areas that muskies were known to congregate early in the year. I proceeded to cast smaller twitch lures, bucktails and jerkbaits. This was my normal approach when faced with cold temperatures early in the season in the past. Read More

Get that Muskie!

Get that Muskie!

March 24, 2010  |  Fishing Tips  |  Comments Off on Get that Muskie!

Pete Maina

A real common question from muskie anglers is: “What do I do when I’ve located a big one?” Of course questions on triggering and wondering why figure eights didn’t work are common too. The hard thing for folks like me, is that there really are no certain answers. I’ve certainly never figured out how to catch ‘em all. All that can honestly be offered for consumption – are things that have worked for us before at times. If you’ve located any muskie, and especially if so – a big one – you’ve accomplished quite a bit, actually. Read More

Weak Links In Your Tackle Arsenal

Weak Links In Your Tackle Arsenal

March 18, 2010  |  Fishing Tips  |  No Comments

Eliminate Any Weak Links In Your Tackle Arsenal To Boat More Muskies

A strong southwest wind made for a good chop on the water as my friend Dan and I fished a particular isolated weed bed one August afternoon. We were casting lures to the fringes of these weeds with good success, as Dan had boated two fish over forty inches already on bucktails and I had accounted for a 46 incher on a Shallowraider. All was going well, when suddenly Dan set the hooks deep into yet another fish. As I scrambled to retrieve the net, Dan’s line went slack, and his fish was gone. Perplexed, we both stood in silence as he reeled in the line. Much to my surprise, his leader had failed right where the crimp was located. In other words, the crimp actually failed on the leader, costing him a third quality fish that day. What if that fish had been a forty pounder? The weak link in his tackle arsenal was exposed, and I gently recommended to him to switch to non-crimped leaders from that day on. Big muskies always have a definite knack of finding soft spots in your particular tackle set- up. Read More

Musky Misconceptions

Musky Misconceptions

March 7, 2010  |  Fishing Tips  |  No Comments

by Tom Dietz

The weather was typical of a September early Fall day in Madison, Wisconsin. A beautiful post frontal bluebird sky and cool, comfortable temperatures greeted my PMTT tournament partner David Foor and I as we launched my Ranger boat onto Lake Waubesa to pre-fish the upcoming Qualifier Event. It was obvious that we were in the midst of a massive high pressure weather system, and my initial inclination was that fishing was going to be difficult under these conditions. Based on years of experience dealing with post frontal weather conditions, my confidence this day was not extremely high, but none the less, we had to go out and try to establish a pattern on a chain of lakes I had never fished before. We spent half the day exploring Waubesa, and then spent a few hours on Lake Monona driving around and examining weed edges and other structural elements. Read More