Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Happy Anniversary

A healthy fish to cap-off my first full year of musky fishing.
When: Sunday, August 12th, from 5:30am to 12pm
What: Fishing with Charlie
Weather: Mostly sunny, calm wind to SW at 7mph, low to upper 70's
Barometric Pressure: 29.93in and steady
Relative Humidity: 90% and dropped to 58%
Moon: Waning, a few days before new (Major 8:30am to 10:30am)
Water Conditions: Relatively clear, 79 degrees
Almost a year ago to the day, I set out with Joe Santiago on the S.S. Soap Dish with the sole purpose of catching a musky. At that point, I had caught two small musky while ice fishing and was already quite fascinated with them, but had yet to venture out for a full day of fishing them.
We all know how the rest of this story goes.
Over the last year, with the help of the Internet, Muskies Inc., my buddy Matt, some disposable income and lots of time on the water, I have learned an incredible amount about these elusive fish. I have acquired all the tools needed to catch and safely release musky and have been fortunate enough to put seven of them in the net, including two absolute trophies.
Not bad for a beginner.
With the anniversary in mind and a dry spell that included a missed fish just days earlier, I set out with my buddy Charlie to do a little early AM fishing. Much like a few days ago, I tried to focus on my mechanics instead of catching a fish, and much like a few days ago, the musky made an appearance.
Although this time, I got hooks in one.
Charlie had been picking away at the bass all morning while I went over four hours without a bite. That's all part of the game. However, during the major moon phase, Charlie had not one but two muskies follow his 6-inch Culprit bass worm back to the boat. Instead of wondering why they weren't paying any attention to 9-inch crankbaits, I drew from past experience and picked-out the smallest lure in my box.
Less than ten minutes later I had a fish in the net.
I always hear the club guys say to let the fish tell you what they want. Well, for whatever reason, they seemed to want a small bait with a curly tail, and that's what I gave them. I had a similar experience last September when a musky followed Martalus' crappie jig back to the boat, but this time I made the adjustment and was rewarded.

I have a sneaking suspicion that this will be my last musky before I get married. I'm five days away from my bachelor shark party and after that I think things are going to get pretty hectic. It was fantastic to put one more musky in the net and I have a hunch there will be many many more of these beautiful fish in my future.

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