What do I need to start musky fishing?

5/26/12 @ 10:14 AM
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JeffJeffery
JeffJeffery
USER since 5/26/12
Every year I go to northern Wisconsin to go fishing for a week. I usually go bass fishing. However, I would like to try musky fishing this year. Is it worth it try it for a week. That is all the fishing I usually do all year each year. I have the supplies to go bass fishing but I don't know how much of that will transfer over. I have just lower end stuff, nothing fancy. I will be going mid June. I have 10 pound test line, with average size lures and spinners. Also a normal size net, padded gloves for removing hooks, needle nose pliers, rod and a spinning reel (not sure if that is the right name for it just googled it quick). What can I keep and what should I get new. Also where are some good sites or places to get cheap supplies. Don't have a lot of cash, am a college student. Just thought if I could would try musky fishing if you guys think it is worth trying for a week. Not that I wont be going next year but only go about a week a year. Also where do you fish for muskie in mid June in northern Wisconsin. I'm use to fishing along the shore in weeds and along logs or fallen trees. Where do muskie hang out this time of year. I usually see people fishing with big lures farther into the lake or in the middle of the lake, is this where you are suppose to be? Thanks so much for any input.
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6/5/12 @ 8:53 AM
vegas492
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Patients? Why? Is he becoming a Doctor? Chiropractor? Dentist?

Edited on 6/5/12 8:53 AM
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6/4/12 @ 9:38 PM
Plumb D
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PATIENTS!

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6/4/12 @ 8:57 AM
vegas492
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Lived on Labelle for three years. Then I met my wife and we needed a larger house, so I/we moved to Pewaukee.

There is a population of muskies in that lake, but they are quite difficult to catch. Tons of food out there and tons of deep water to hide in.

Edited on 6/4/12 9:07 AM
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6/1/12 @ 4:12 PM
browning3
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USER since 5/23/02
Vegas,

Have you fished Lac La Belle? I work in Oconomowoc and our previous office was right on La Belle next to the park. Actually in the buildings they are tearing down.

So I fished it alot. Mostly for walleyes. I saw more tanker size Musky in there than anywhere I have ever fished. I also saw very few people ever fishing for them. Just curious if that lake is on your radar.

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6/1/12 @ 1:25 PM
vegas492
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USER since 5/21/03
In my experience there is not much that is "simple" when trying to tie 100-150 lb flouro. The best piece of advice I can give you is to use a vice to help hold everything and wet the flouro with water to help the draws.

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6/1/12 @ 11:44 AM
browning3
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So NO on the crimps....thanks. I watched a youtube video where the guy uses a surgeon knot to tie them. Looks fairly simple to do.

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6/1/12 @ 11:31 AM
vegas492
vegas492
USER since 5/21/03
I do not like crimps on my flourocarbon. The crimp can rub against the flouro and weaken it. So if I can help it, I buy the leaders that are tied.

And you can tie them up yourself, but it takes a special kind of knot. If you can get a good knot on 100-150 pound flouro, then I think you are better off making your own leaders.

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6/1/12 @ 11:28 AM
vegas492
vegas492
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I wouldn't change anything either KenK!

Here's an amusing story from last year. My buddy and I were out on Oconomowoc Lake. We pitched Mag Dawgs and DC 10's for about five hours. No action at all, besides a surprise bass.

We pull up to a guy who is bass fishing. He calls us over and shows us a 51 inch musky that he caught a night earlier on a hook and leech.

Jab number one.

About fifteen minutes later, we cruise by a husband and wife who are bluegill fishing. We ask how they are doing and they say it is slow and a muskie at one of their few gills that was on their line earlier in the day.

Jab number two.

After about 6 hours of throwing the big stuff, we headed in. Dejected. All that work for nothing when a bass fisherman and a gill fisherman both had recent muskie experiences.

That is what you get when musky fishing.

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6/1/12 @ 11:18 AM
browning3
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USER since 5/23/02
One more question about leaders. I plan on using Flourocarbon leaders. Am I better off tying them up myself? I seen a few videos on tying them up. What about using crimps? I seen some guys just use crimps instead of knots.

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6/1/12 @ 11:15 AM
browning3
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USER since 5/23/02
I think I've evolved to have a bit different attitude when it comes to fishing. In the past, I was all about the trophy fish. I've caught trophies in nearly every species. 10+ pound walleyes, 6+ pound bass, 45" pike, 16" crappies, 11" gills yada...yada...yada.

Now, all I want to do is get into a nice mess of panfish. Don't get me wrong it's fun catching big fish but it's not why I fish any longer. I'm not an old fogey either...35yrs old.

I've had ski's in the 50" range up next to the boat numerous times. It's cool! But I don't flip out over it.

My main passion is knocking down big bucks with my bow. I don't think anything will ever compete with that.

But I thank all of you for great info to help me get geared up. I plan on hitting the store this weekend.

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