Author Topic: Muskie season wrap-up  (Read 1147 times)

Offline saxmatt

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Muskie season wrap-up
« on: Feb 16, 2018, 09:36 AM »
Unfortunately the ice is already shot down my way because of warm weather and rain so I figured I'd post some pics from this season. I managed to land 11 muskie from 3 different lakes. I got skunked more often than not and missed more fish than I caught, but it's all worth it when you catch a big one. My 4 biggest fish were a pair of 30lb+ pure strains at 48" and 47", a 43" pure strain, and my first 40" tiger through the ice at 41". All fish were released.















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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #1 on: Feb 16, 2018, 09:48 AM »
Awesome season-great looking fish!!

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #2 on: Feb 16, 2018, 05:24 PM »
What's up with the fuzzy and "dreamy" backgrounds?  Makes the pic not look genuine...

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #3 on: Feb 16, 2018, 06:15 PM »
What's up with the fuzzy and "dreamy" backgrounds?  Makes the pic not look genuine...

Names have been changed to protect the innocent...  ;)2

@ saxmatt: Nice lookin' fish. This part of the country you don't see many that have never seen a net or been otherwise man-handled. Thanks for the releases! Many happy returns  :thumbsup:
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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #4 on: Feb 16, 2018, 07:01 PM »
dam   nicce fish

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #5 on: Feb 16, 2018, 07:26 PM »
Some nice fish congrats.
Fuzzy backgrounds I thought it was fog  ;D

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #6 on: Feb 16, 2018, 08:23 PM »
Wow! Congratulations :bow: :bow:

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #7 on: Feb 17, 2018, 04:03 AM »
Excellent job on the C&R, some really fine catches....thank you for sharing your catches, awesome!   :bow: :clap: :thumbsup:
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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #8 on: Feb 17, 2018, 08:51 AM »
wow ;D nice job
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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #9 on: Feb 17, 2018, 03:44 PM »
That is a heck of a season, congrats!

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #10 on: Feb 17, 2018, 05:31 PM »
Those are some flat out amazing catches.....Kudos on the release of those trophy fish !!  :thumbsup:
        

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #11 on: Feb 17, 2018, 05:40 PM »
nice fish matt, one year i will join u down there.

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #12 on: Feb 17, 2018, 07:02 PM »
Awesom fish. My son pulled his first tiger thru the ice this year at 14. Was 40" long and released healthy for another day.

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #13 on: Feb 18, 2018, 08:20 AM »
 Those are some BEAUTIES !!  Great job on the CPRs !!!  Thanks for the season wrap up ! :woot: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #14 on: Feb 18, 2018, 06:57 PM »
Nice! Cant fish for Muskies here after Dec 1st.

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #15 on: Feb 19, 2018, 01:57 PM »
Thanks everyone!
@ saxmatt: Nice lookin' fish. This part of the country you don't see many that have never seen a net or been otherwise man-handled. Thanks for the releases! Many happy returns  :thumbsup:
They get beat up here too. I'm fishing heavily pressured waters and I see them get manhandled all the time. I saw a group of young anglers let a small muskie maybe 32" flop around on the ice for over 6 minutes before they let it go the other day. I timed it on my phone. They had to go back to their sled to get unhooking tools and took a bunch of pictures and videos for all the social media sites they are on. ALWAYS bring everything you need to the hole when you get a flag!

nice fish matt, one year i will join u down there.

You're welcome down any time!

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #16 on: Feb 20, 2018, 05:45 AM »
Thanks everyone! They get beat up here too. I'm fishing heavily pressured waters and I see them get manhandled all the time. I saw a group of young anglers let a small muskie maybe 32" flop around on the ice for over 6 minutes before they let it go the other day. I timed it on my phone. They had to go back to their sled to get unhooking tools and took a bunch of pictures and videos for all the social media sites they are on. ALWAYS bring everything you need to the hole when you get a flag!

You're welcome down any time!

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #17 on: Feb 21, 2018, 08:56 AM »
Awesome!! My hats off to ya!! congrats!! Nicely done on C+R 

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #18 on: Feb 21, 2018, 11:04 PM »
Looks like a good season to me nice fish for sure thanks for sharing pics

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #19 on: Feb 22, 2018, 06:48 AM »
Fantastic fish!!!!

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #20 on: Feb 22, 2018, 07:01 PM »
Those are some dandys, congrats

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #21 on: Feb 23, 2018, 09:02 AM »
Congrats on another awesome year.

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #22 on: Feb 23, 2018, 05:27 PM »
Names have been changed to protect the innocent...  ;)2

@ saxmatt: Nice lookin' fish. This part of the country you don't see many that have never seen a net or been otherwise man-handled. Thanks for the releases! Many happy returns  :thumbsup:
There was a background? I didnt even notice.

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #23 on: Mar 28, 2018, 06:41 PM »
WOW, way to go saxmatt, dandy big muskie and tiger muskie. @)
Congrats on letting those trophies go back also. :thumbsup:

I have heard that a muskie is a fish of a 1000 casts in open water, how long does it take to hook into one normally through the ice?  ???

What does one use for them, a predator/ Y rig, or loop rig, with a big live or dead bait?

Can you catch them jigging?

Just wondering about ice fishing for muskie and have many questions as we have no muskie here in SK. 
I have never seen anyone do an ice fishing show about them either. :-\

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #24 on: Mar 28, 2018, 06:47 PM »
WOW, way to go saxmatt, dandy big muskie and tiger muskie. @)
Congrats on letting those trophies go back also. :thumbsup:

I have heard that a muskie is a fish of a 1000 casts in open water, how long does it take to hook into one normally through the ice?  ???

What does one use for them, a predator/ Y rig, or loop rig, with a big live or dead bait?

Can you catch them jigging?

Just wondering about ice fishing for muskie and have many questions as we have no muskie here in SK. 
I have never seen anyone do an ice fishing show about them either. :-\

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #25 on: Mar 28, 2018, 08:26 PM »
Good god now those are some real pigs!

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Re: Muskie season wrap-up
« Reply #26 on: Mar 29, 2018, 11:56 PM »
WOW, way to go saxmatt, dandy big muskie and tiger muskie. @)
Congrats on letting those trophies go back also. :thumbsup:

I have heard that a muskie is a fish of a 1000 casts in open water, how long does it take to hook into one normally through the ice?  ???

What does one use for them, a predator/ Y rig, or loop rig, with a big live or dead bait?

Can you catch them jigging?

Just wondering about ice fishing for muskie and have many questions as we have no muskie here in SK. 
I have never seen anyone do an ice fishing show about them either. :-\

WW

Most of the lakes I fish are small compared to muskie waters in the northern US and Canada so I have better odds. That being said, I've had a few 10 trip stretches without even seeing a flag, and I usually fish sunrise to sunset. I get skunked more often than not, but I've also had a few 3-4 fish days. The bait and presentation is different than pike. For pike I use mostly dead bait in less than 15' of water. For muskie I use 10-18" live suckers with a single 5/0 hook and 60lb+ floro leader, and I fish weed edges and open water, 10-30+ feet deep. Often times I get them in the middle of nowhere out in 20-30' of water while everyone else is hugging the shorelines. I haven't tried jigging for them but I've seen people catch them on jigs.

 



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