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  1. WOW!!! Beautiful baits, I've been messing around with tying hair and feathers but after looking at those it sure makes me want to give hard baits a try.
  2. I got through the acknowledgement, intro and first couple chapters and so far the only problem I have is that instead of quenching my thirst during this long off season, the book has made me want to get out on the water that much more to see if I can apply what I'm reading/learning. The best part about the book is that it is geared towards teaching me to think for myself while I'm out on the water, not just use a particular magic bait on a particular spot.
  3. My copy of the book (pre-ordered from Amazon) was delivered in this afternoon's mail while I was at home over lunch. The book looks great, and thumbing through it quickly sure made it hard to head back to work.
  4. Question 1: I have to admit that I started after the boom began so I don't really know any different. That said, I began making my own musky lures in the offseason, partly to hold off the boredom and partly because I figure anything that separates me from the pack will help with landing the next fish. Question 2: The pond has to be the most fished, but wether or not it is over-fished is quite relative, a lot of anglers, but a lot of water and a lot of big fish. As for sleepers, I do think there are still a fair number of muskie lakes in MN that receive relatively little pressesure. I think quite a few of those smaller lakes have a some hawg fish in them that never or rarely get hooked. I've heard lots of stories of small lakes in nothern MN (of course never hear the names) but have not yet stumbled upon any that did something special for me that I would truly consider a "sleeper". On the other hand, any muskie lake I have ever fished under a couple thousand acres I have never seen more than one or two other boats out chucking muskie lures. So I guess in a way small muskie waters are all sleepers as they tend to recieve little presure and all have potential for a couple of big fish. Question 3: Personally I'd like to see catch and release only state wide or a one fish per season limit. I just don't see any reason why someone would want to take mutiple muskies. Replicas look as good or better than skin mounts and I don't eat fish, but if my wife wants a meal of fish its small pike (20 - 24 inchers) or panfish. I also think it would be great to have more muskie lakes available, but that gets costly and while I don't buy the argument that they will eat all the other fish (after all the best muskie lakes happen to be the best multi-species lakes, i.e. the pond and its walleyes and smallies) yet I suppose they would really just be an invasive species in any lake they are introduced to.
  5. Already on preorder from Amazon, I can't wait.
  6. I've made a couple of bucktails, just as something to keep me sane through the long offseason. It certainly is fun mixing and matching not only colors, but materials to see what you can come up with. I have even repaired some bass spinners with my musky tackle making goods. I had several spinner baits where the rubber skirt was demolished so I replaced the skirts with marabou, hackle and deer hair. Anyone make dressed hooks for cranks or jerkbaits like used on the smaller x-raps? I've tinkered with it a little and have a bucktail dressed trebble at the back of a stalker and am thinking about trying something similar with some jerkbaits...we'll have to see how much that affects the action. If you don't mind I've got a couple questions for you. In making your bucks and spinners, do you buy coiled wire or pre-cut straight pieces? I had been using the pre-cut straight pieces but I just bought my first coil of .051 and am finding it to be a real pain to straighten out. Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated. Also, do you have a "tackle maker" for bending the spinners, do you free hand it or have you made up your own jig. Recently I've been thinking about trying my hand at spinners and contemplated using nails strategically placed in a large chunk of wood at required bending points.
  7. TUTF, I found your post quite interesting. Must be that time of year or just differences from lake to lake, but when I was out on Saturday I did quite well slow rolling a big single blade colorado spinner bait. Caught 10+ fish in an hour and a half of fishing. All but one were bass, the bass ranged from 2.5 to 4 pounds and the "one" was an extremely heathy 31+ inch pike, measured just enough to see it was well over 30 and then put it back. All fish were on the spinner. The guy with me also caught 3 or 4 nice bass using a buzz bait.
  8. Try calling a camera store (like national camera exchange). I have an adjustable screw clamp that attaches to the threads on the bottom of the camera and then the clamp itself can be screwed tight to anything up to about 3 or 4 inches wide. If I plan on taking in pictures when I'm out by myself, then before I leave the dock I usually clamp the camera to my windshield and adjust the camera so that I know if I sit in the back seat holding a fish the picture will turn out. Once adjusted properly I just put a plastic baggie over the top and a rubber band around baggie under camera to keep out splashes and rain. I strongly suggest having the camera ready before you start fishing otherwise it could get tricky trying to set it up after you have caught a fish. Then I just use the delayed timer on the camera when I catch something picture worthy. Using a screw clamp and baggie means I never worry about the camera falling out or getting wet, I have left it up there driving full speed across the lake in some nasty weather. One little hint, if you do it this way, just make sure to manuever the boat so the sun is not infront of the camera otherwise the picture will never turn out.
  9. The reel is absolutely massive, but don't be scared. The vast majority of my reals are low profile bass reels and I am still able to use it just fine. When I'm musky fishing I generally put the butt of the rod under my armpit and hold the rod infront of the reel. With that method i haven't had any trouble with the size of the reel and I have relatively small hands. Also, when I purchased mine from Thorne Bros. they told me that if I tried it and didn't like it they would trade it out for me which gave me a lot more confidence to try it.
  10. I'll back what Luke and Rob and Tim said, but from the point of view of a relative newbie when it comes to musky fishing and a complete newbie to the large bucktails and the 7000 class reels. Over this offseason I built a couple of large bucktails with double 10 colorado blades and threw them for the first time on musky opener this year. After reading about how hard those big bucktails pull and the damage they can do to lighter reals I decided to buy a red abu 7000i (with the bushing instead of the bearing). The reel was just over a $100. Well in reeling in the first couple of casts I began to think the purchase was unwarranted, it didn't feel like the big bucktail was pulling at all...then I went into my first figure-eight with the big buck and nearly gave myself a hyrnia from all the unexpected resistance and the akward motion of leaning over the side of the boat. Point being, with the low gear ratio, big power handle and the large t-grip the 7000 makes pulling those big bucktails feel about the same as pulling in a bass sized spinner. If you're going to throq the big bucktails you either need the arms of popeye or the right reel for the job.
  11. Quote: If you have a good trolling motor (can't use gas engine) I'd look at Harriet. The water is pretty clear there so if nothing else your son might be able to at least see one on a follow. Good numbers are in the lake and it holds some supertankers, too. Throw enough and you should at least see a fish or two. DB Wrong Cedar lake. There are no motor restrictions on the Cedar lake that is south of Prior. That lake does get stocked with Tigers. I've heard stories of some big fish but I've only fished it once and didn't have any luck myself. The lake maxes out at about 13 feet deep and the one time I was there early in the season like this the whole lake was packed with curly leaf pond weed.
  12. Thanks for the spoon reminder. I've got a few johnson silver minnows and maybe even a daredevil or two that haven't seen the light of day of for a couple years now. I'll have to break them out and see if I can convince a pike to bite.
  13. Any one have particular lures or styles of fishing that would be more likly to catch pike at this time of year than bass? I always try to lean towards more agressive presentations (burning baits, large baits, etc.) figuring that since the pike are long past spawn they should be more active and more willing to chase something down than a bass that is right in or shortly after the spawn. Does that logic make sense to anyone or am I going about this all wrong? Obviously no lizards while sighting fishing spawning beds but what are some presentations that lend themselves to being more likly to catch pike over bass at this time of year.
  14. Quote: Looks like most of you guys need to get out fishing. I agree. Life is too short to be as angry as some the responses appear to be. Relax, take a deep breath, and remember only a couple of weeks till we can chase muskies.
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