Tackle for Muskellunge
Muskellunge weighing over twenty pounds have been taken on five-ounce split-cane bass-casting rods, using a small caliber bait-casting line and a light quadruple multiplying reel with a small sized single-hook casting spoon for the lure. On the other hand muskellunge anglers, as a rule, do not belong to the light-tackle brigade; hand-lines or heavy steel rods equipped with line, reel, and spoon correspondingly large and weighty seem to be the rule. The average angler, possessing average skill in tackle-handling and an average sense of the due proportions of things, together with a modicum of insight as to the difference between angling and pot-fishing, will do well to strike a happy medium.
For either casting or trolling for muskellunge a good grade split-bamboo rod, from seven to eight feet three inches in length, weighing from eight to nine ounces, will answer the purpose, always provided it is handled with the necessary dexterity. The rod should be equipped with trumpet guides of German silver, or steel wire guides, using preferably agates for the hand- and tip-guides; the reel-seat, having one of the numerous forms of locking attachments, must be above the hand grasp.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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