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If there was one thing you learned....

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Last year, what would it be. There is alot of stuff out there, but if you took one thing home with you from this site this year on Muskie fishing, what would it be!

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I am new to muskie fishing and I listened very closely last year to what people said about getting quality equipment. From hooks to reels you need to buy the best you can afford. I took some short cuts with my equipment and right now I have to upgrade my reels and lures.

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Minimizing fatigue and fishing efficiently when spending a whole day on the water. While spending a good amount of time on fishing trips chasing the toothy critters. I found out how important it is to not burn yourself out throwing big baits when the arm is showing signs of fatigue....take a break, throw some bucktails or do some trolling. And always keep band-aids, marine goop and gauze in the boat when your hand starts getting a bit raw. I like using baby powder to keep my hands from blistering while on a long trip. Cheers!

-Buck

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Timing is everything, and lots of baits are overlooked.

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you cant catch nothin but a buzz on a bar stool...... even if they do have nice docks for your boat.

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Lots and lots learned... watch out for vague generalizations and hit the water whenever you can!

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When you think the fish is gone, keep going on the 8. If you are working plastic, work it even longer. Those friggin fish are there lots of times even if you can't see em.

Check you line, lost a nice nice fish to a broken line.

It can't be too windy...

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Last year, what would it be. There is alot of stuff out there, but if you took one thing home with you from this site this year on Muskie fishing, what would it be!

What a Cowgirl is. Now I own many of them and they are all waiting to get out this spring and summer wink!

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Get your arse out of bed in the morning and/or keep it out of bed at night. It's often easier to catch fish in a couple hours fishing at O dark thirty in the morning or at night than it is in several hours of fishing mid-day. Unless you've got great prefontal or frontal conditions during the day - then I say go without any sleep.

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then I say go without any sleep.

isnt that why the started closing the season - to many zombie musky fisherman out.

way to many nights going to bed at 1 and setting the alarm for 3:30 - both am and pm. thank god for coffee!

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From this sight I'd say the little things - good terminal tackle and good release tools were a biggie.

I also learned that while no one may be too excited about sharing GPS coordinates, muskie guys trully like to share in the success of others (short of offending the walleye guys, I don't think there is much of the "I'm smarter than you" snobbery amongst this group).

I've asked even the stupidest of questions and gotten legitimate help from many - thanks.

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I enjoy watching others catch fish as much as I like catching them myself...sometimes more. You can sit back and watch the scenario unfold instead of being the one under the gun so to speak.

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It was learned long ago. Be it a 15 pound northern or a 40” musky. Kill it and no will be able to enjoy seeing or catching that fish again.

WS

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I learned, once again, that big one is going to hit sometime, and you'd better be ready.

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I think as a beginner with my first full season under my belt. I'd say work on the 8 and don't give up (especially at night). I caught my only two fish next to the boat. In the beginning I didn't have it down and it possibly cost me some fish.

I would also like to thank everyone for their willingness to help one another out with this great addiction wink

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follow my instincts. whenever i ''felt'' i should keep casting and not go for another kind of fish i was right laugh . so, just following my instincts worked. great thing was, afterwards i still got to go for something else.

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Fish more often

Fish better

Fish sun/moon phase as much as poss

dont tell brother inlaw where im catching fish

work harder on getting my kids on there first fish (musky)

stay away from rock piles with the new motor ($4500.00 mistake)

All in all,live life to the fullest. You never know when your time is up

Duck

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There is always time for one more cast!

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I learned to live with catching way fewer muskies now than I did in the 80's. Used to get to the lake any old time and there'd be hardly anyone fishing muskies, now I sometimes have to go home because the public access is full.

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I have learned that what ever bait I used over the weekend was not the right one. It sould of been the one that I used 2 weeks before. And I change plenty just never pick the right one or color for that day.

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How little I actually know. Hopefully the saying "ignorance is bliss" plays to my favor.

Thanks everybody for the tips, I've truly gotten an education on this forum and It's made the hunt a heck-of-a lotta fun and of course my pocket-book a lot lighter. Just dead weight anyhow right?

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