A Hell of Time

A Hell of Time

December 15, 2010  |  news  |  No Comments

X-Terras and Jet Boats in the Hills of Kentucky
By: Bo Painter

I was hesitant to share this story with the general public but after letting some time pass and letting the wounds heal I’ve decided that this is not in fact a story of defeat but one about that mystical lure of musky fishing that has hooked us all, excuse the pun. Back in October several members of the Virginia Musky “Pro Staff” (a term which I use very loosely) went on a four day trip to fish Cave Run Lake in Kentucky. Bobby, Billy and Rob are all pretty accomplished musky fisherman and had been planning the trip for some time, they decided to invite me along because I’m great at netting fish and would pose no real threat as far as catching more fish than them. For the weeks leading up to the trip we discussed “The Cave” pretty heavily and came to the conclusion that we would have no problem boating at least 15 fish a day, and that was just if it was slow and we took a break for lunch. From what we had heard (or chose to hear) if your lure was wet you were probably going to end up reeling in a musky within the next few seconds. Without a doubt would be a trip to be remembered.
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Basic Black

Basic Black

November 22, 2010  |  news  |  No Comments

By Jim Bortz

It doesn’t seem to matter where or when a discussion of lure color comes up between musky men and women. There’s always one who has to say, “Any color’s fine as long as it’s black.” It’s such a standard comment, it’s become cliché. If I had a nickel for every time I heard somebody say that … well, I guess that’s a cliché too. I’ve heard it so much, I expect to hear it.

And it’s true enough. I mean, black is a consistent producer of muskies. According to the records of Muskies, Inc., more muskies have been caught on black lures than any other 10 colors or patterns combined. That fact alone can get a guy thinking when he starts sifting through his collection of hundreds of baits, looking for just the right one. As complicated as we try to make things at times, it’s a blatant and refreshing reminder that sometimes simple is better. Is there really something to black lures?
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Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

November 4, 2010  |  news, Project Noble Beast  |  Comments Off on Afternoon Delight
“….Started out this morning feeling so polite; I always thought a fish could not be caught who didn’t bite; But you’ve got some bait a waitin’ and I think I might try nibbling;
a little afternoon delight.” (Starland Vocal Band) Read More

October 29, 2010  |  news  |  Comments Off on

Jon first developed the Bondy Bait out of a need for a heavy, balanced lure for jigging the Detroit River for musky in the deep shipping channels. Every other bait on the market had problems. Either they were too light and you couldn’t feel the bottom on a choppy day, or the hooks tangled on the leader repeatedly because they were not made for jigging or they were such poor quality that they couldn’t hold up to the beating a big fish would put on them. Jon set out to make the ultimate bait for this deep water style of jigging, and came up with what is now internationally known as the Bondy Bait. Read More

Hooked

Hooked

October 18, 2010  |  news  |  No Comments

One Young Man’s Initiation into the Muskie Brotherhood
By: Bo Painter

For the better part of a year I’d had to listen to my coworkers talk about the draw of muskie fishing.  I’d never caught a muskie before and I just couldn’t see the appeal of throwing lures as big around as my arm for hours on end, all in hopes of just catching one fish.  I listened to their tales of heroics, stories of fish with heads the size of shovels and as long as the boat following lures with funny sounding names like Bulldawgs, Suicks, and Cowgirls, but secretly I scoffed at their hobby.  I even let Rob Mullins, the ring leader of the muskie hunters at work, talk me into going fishing with him a couple of times, but to no avail, we didn’t see any fish either time and I still didn’t see the appeal.  I had fished my whole life, and I knew what I was doing, bass were plenty of entertainment for me thank you very much, or so I thought. Read More