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First of all, "new" to the sport after a 15-year layoff of musky fishing. After seeing several on my first outing, I am back- wow is that fun!! The information you guys have put on this site has been awesome. THANKS! I want to find a good sized sucker to drop by the boat, where is a good place in the West Metro that might have some? I am having trouble finding some, Cabin Fever in Victoria is out for the year.

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Let me clarify EsoxHunter- I would ONLY use a quick-strike rig for that very reason. I am a huge proponent of catch and release in general, especially for this fish. The last thing I would want to do is kill one of these awesome fish- I would rather not catch one at all.

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    • When I was a kid, we used to have a pond in our yard. We would keep fish and minnows in there. The grackles would clean in out! We had to resort to putting a cover over it.
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