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Shore fishing Muskies?

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I have never really Muskie fished, but my buddies and I really want to catch a few....problem is we don't have a boat. Is there anywhere in the metro that a guy would have a chance from shore? ...and what type of presentation would one try? We were going to try to catch some big sucker minnows or chubs and throw out a big bobber on Harriet some night?...Anyone think that we might have a chance?

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sounds like you got the right idea, i'm heading down there right now to throw some baits

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you should be able to shore cast the beach on lake independence. on the west side of the beach is a pier. That is as good of shore musky waters as it gets. long casts will get your lure to 10 + feet. topraiders at sunset will work

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i agree with what tonkapat said.After they move the ropes in the beach area that place is awesome.We camp there all the time and in 30 minutes walking the beach i got a 38" and had another blow up.Later that day i stuck a 41" all along that shore.Ive caught all my fish on vipers but have raised alot with M and G spinnerbaits.

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Good info. guys. I might have to dust off the musky gear, and start paying more attention to this forum. grin

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I had one on this afternoon shorefishing Harriet... didn't get a great look, but it was over 30" for sure. That was the only action I had, unless you count several near-misses with one-who-thinks-I-am-silly pedestrians...

You would think a guy with a ginormous rod and a 7" long bright orange and black lure with huge hooks might make people pay attention - but you'd be wrong. One woman even thought I was fishing for bluegills

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I would suggest fishing calhoun off of the dock on the east side. You have to there before noon most of the time cuz it will fill up quick. But i do usually see quite a few come out of there every weekend. Just fish a sucker or a chub 15-20 feet down(that about the average of what most people have been fishing down there lately). Most of the fish have only been between 35-39 inches but every once in a while someone will pull a 40-45 incher out. Also some nice bonus pike here and there

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Oh i forgot to mention... I found a dead 36" tiger downwind of the pier on Calhoun

my 3 guesses for cause of death are 1)sucker on a bobber 2) sucker on a bobber 3) sucker on a bobber

edit: i'm not saying sucker fishing is bad, i've done it a time or too. just a bummer to see such a fine fish dead

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If you are going to fish from shore without the assistance of a a dock, I would go with some sort of topwater. You don't want to get hung 40 feet out without a boat.

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i fished calhoun from shore today.Had one possibe follow on a weagle but not forsure,it just looked different behind the bait

goblueM-what did you have your fish on?

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i'd been throwing topwaters and a suick, but I downsized to a spinnerbait, got it right away. Dunno if i had any follows on anything else, pretty tough to see from shore, plus the waves make it tough anyways

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