Bait Casting for Muskellunge
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Bait Casting for Muskellunge

Bait Casting for Muskellunge


Bait Casting for Muskellunge

Bait Casting for Muskellunge

For bait-casting the same rod and reel are correct, also the same bait if you like, but a live bait, fish or frog, is commonly used. The soft silk line is the only kind for this fishing. A leader of four ply twisted gut with a hook having a wire snell and barrel swivel is best. An excellent hook is the Van Vleck, size No. 4, with short chain and wire swivel. The Van Vleck hook has a double barb on the outside of the point. The bait should be a good sized frog or fair sized minnow. It should be well hooked on through the body as it is useless to try to hook it in such a way that it will live any length of time.

While there are many artificial baits that are very good, it is generally agreed that a natural bait is better and if it is used with a spinner or some arrangement is made to spin the bait, it is all the more attractive. The Archer spinner is excellent.

Much lighter tackle is used and advised by some anglers but it should be employed only by an expert. A thirty pound muskellunge puts up a tremendous fight and in bad water it may require an hour or more to bring him to gaff. You can tire him much more quickly with a heavy rod and reel than with the light kind and with light tackle there is always more danger of losing a big fish no matter how expert you are with rod and reel.

If you are using a trolling spoon or any kind of artificial bait strike instantly, as soon as the fish takes the bait, for he will drop it at once when he finds it is not good to eat. With a natural bait on a hook give him time to swallow the bait before you strike. Give a quick, solid jerk to set the hook; then there will be something doing.

Musky fishing is sure some sport, but it lacks the delicacy and refinement of trout fishing. But for a thrilling and savage fight no fresh water fish can equal the muskellunge. The muskellunge is good food fish, and like all of the pike family, it spawns in early spring.

Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.

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