Monday, June 30, 2014

Keeping It Going

Another nice muskellunge.

When: Wednesday, June 25th, from 5am to 1pm
What: Musky fishing
Weather: Warm and humid, overcast to mostly cloudy. Cleared in the afternoon a bit. High 60's warmed to high 70's. Wind from S to SW up to 4mph and gusting to 7mph.
Barometric Pressure: 30.00in to 29.94in and falling.
Relative Humidity: Low of 57%, but much higher all day.
Sunrise: 5:29am
Sunset: 8:35pm
Moon: Waning, a day before New. Rise 4:19am. Overhead 11:42am.
Water Conditions: Clear on one pond, brown on the other. Temps in the mid-70's.

Either I'm getting better at musky fishing or the fish are getting dumber.

I'd like to think it's the former.

I met Mark Lowrie through some friends. Mark is the North Jersey Chairman for the Carp Anglers Group and one of the most respected carp anglers in the state. I love carp fishing and Mark was generous enough to agree to take me out and show me how it's done, but that was going down on Friday.

When he expressed interest in doing some musky fishing, I offered to show him what I've learned.

We hit the water in the VERY early AM as I'm not a huge fan of tossing huge baits and cranking double-10 bladed bucktails in 90-degree heat. Musky trips of late have had me on the water early, fishing for 8 or so hours and then home by mid-afteroon.

This timing has been working really well for me when it comes to catching 'skis.

Although I've only been musky fishing for a few years, this has, by far, been my most successful year. I seem to be hooking fish almost every time I go out and I can only attribute this to practice and study. The more work I put into learning about musky fishing, the more fish I seem to catch.

That being said, the morning started off quiet. We moved a few fish, but overall it was a low key day. After about 6 hours on the water, with the boat sitting in 14-feet of water, I cast my hefty bucktail towards the weedline. A few cranks in, and it got whacked.

I immediately knew it was a musky. And if I had any doubt, the fish let me know by going completely airborne moments after I hooked it. It then took two deep runs under the boat, but I was finally able to pull it up and steer it into the net.

I could see when it came to the surface that the fish was barely hooked, and the bucktail did indeed shake free the second the fish was in the net. Mark only had one shot to net that fish before it got away, but he made it count.

Thanks, buddy!

That would be all the action for the day. It was great day on the water with a new friend, and we have some pics of a beautiful fish to show for it. 

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