Musky fishing – 5 Steps to Addiction

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Musky fishing  agenda, Step 1: learn how to cast the size huge flies needed to successfully catch a musky. Outcome: Fail.

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Paying the price in blood.

Step 2: After paying the price in blood, this low 30″ fish came out to play. Small for a musky, but still a big mean looking fish. Keep your hands away from those jaws. Outcome: Great Success! Big thanks to the Warmwater Rambler guide service for putting us on the fish.

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Small by Musky standards, bit by most anything else.

Don't bite me.
Don’t bite m

Step 3: Lose a monsterous beast with a gaping maw like an alligator. This is what the angler and the guide look like after losing a possibly 50″ fish. How was it lost? The beast bit straight through 80 pound flourocarbon. Sounds hard to believe, but it happened.

I just lost a 50 inch musky face
I just lost a 50 inch musky face

Step 4: Finally figure out how to cast without hooking your friend.

Rainstorm casting
Rainstorm casting

Step 5: On day 2, get on the water at 5:30am and touch nary a fish all day. That’s Musky fishing.  Musky fishing is hard. There is no other way to put it. And now we see how the addiction begins – always looking for that bigger, better fish.

5am
5am

Look at those teeth.
Look at those teeth. Dave, the “Warmwater Rambler” is the man.

Dixie Cup musky popper
Dixie Cup musky popper

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Getting ready.