Welcome to Musky Hunter | Contact Us | Shop Musky Hunter
Contact Customer Service: 1 (800) 236-8759

Author Archives:

Gear Up for 2015

When your musky season ended, did you nicely place all of your musky gear away; or, is it piled in a corner of the garage, basement or wherever you keep your musky tackle? Unfortunately, I left my gear in a corner of a room in my basement and I am regretting it. As I began digging through my equipment and examining rods, reels and lures, I realized that there is no better time than now to take inventory and understand what I really “need” entering the New Year. Musky shows are approaching and It’s easy to get in a frenzy at them.  Why not treat yourself to some new gear, right?   Just don’t forget to bring home what you really need. Take a close look at your equipment before you head to the shows and you’ll be much better off.

Start with your rods. You may not have any damage to your rods, but consider which rod additions you’ll need for next year. Now’s the time while it’s fresh in your mind. You are better off going to a sportshow with a rod design in mind than randomly checking out rods.   This will help you make the most of your winter-time rod purchase.

Reels are an entirely different thing. Most likely there will be some reels that need repair or at a minimum, a good cleaning. Be sure and loosen the drags on all the reels and put the ones that need repair in a bag. This way you can take the bag to someone who repairs reels and have them all fixed now rather than waiting until March or April.seasonalgearphoto

We are musky anglers — our tackle is worth a lot of money. We all have a large number of expensive musky lures and always need more. Take a quick inventory and decide which ones you will want to duplicate or replace. This will give you an excuse to go to one of the musky sportshows and purchase replacements.  That way, you’ll come home with lures you really need, (as well as the many new lures you’ll buy because they look great or are simply the “next big thing”). I look at each group of lures, (i.e. crankbaits, topwater, etc.) and decide which type of color patterns are missing. You might have a bunch of perch pattern crankbaits, but few with cisco or sucker patterns.   Make a note of what you need.

Finally, make this winter a time to take care of yourself as well. Exercise and getting in shape will really help you when musky fishing begins in the spring. You’ll be able to fish longer and will be less impacted by the weather elements, thereby enabling you to focus on the water. Plus, the benefits of exercise will help you in other aspects of your daily life as well.

Remember, musky fishing doesn’t have to end if you aren’t able to fish until spring. Make the most of the off-the-water season.   Between taking a lure inventory and fixing equipment, attending sport shows, watching musky television shows, and reading books and magazines, you have a lot to keep you busy.

Did you like this? Share it:

Get Into the Cover in Early Fall

Shorter days and cooler nights are a sure sign of fall. As we transition from late summer into early fall you will notice that water temperatures are now on the decline.   Our short-lived summer is rapidly coming to an end, and the muskies are starting to make subtle transition movements as the seasons change.   As… Continue Reading

Famed Musky Guides Lazarus, Lapp, Kennedy Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Famed musky guides Mike Lazarus, Dick Lapp and Ray Kennedy have been inducted into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, Director Emmett Brown has announced. The HOF awards committee met in Hayward, Wisconsin, in August and made selections for the 2015 class of inductees. Lazarus, who lives in Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec, has… Continue Reading

Spring Solutions

As the weather begins to break and glimpses of spring arrive there are many great waters to consider for some early season musky action. Some of the top waters to consider include Lake Webster in Indiana, Kinkaid in Illinois, Pomme de Terre in Missouri, Cave Run or Green River in Kentucky, Melton Hill in Tennessee,… Continue Reading

Great Eights

Boatside tactics from Gregg Thomas SEAN OSTRUSZKA, Social Media Liaison It’s the most pressure-packed moment in our sport. You’ve been casting all day. Your muscles are sore and your mind is drifting off, when out of nowhere comes a hot fish right behind your lure. This is the opportunity to turn the day into a… Continue Reading

Not-So-Barren Wasteland

Tips for finding open-water muskies SEAN OSTRUSZKA, Social Media Liaison Imagine walking across a dark room to find a light switch. If you know a wall or table is nearby, it almost gives you comfort. You know there is something there to sense. No matter what, you have something to orient yourself, which gives you… Continue Reading

Hot Bite: Lake St. Clair

SEAN OSTRUSZKA, Social Media Liaison Throughout the season, MuskyHunter.com will check in with guides and anglers around the country to see where the bite is on fire. Hence the name of the section: Hot Bite. If there is a hot bite on the waters you fish, contact Sean Ostruszka at spostruszka43@hotmail.com. Normally, we talk to… Continue Reading

Offbeat Fall Tactics

By Bob Turgeon   Fall fishing is … well, different. October through ice-up in the upper Midwest is the time for the real biggies. The food bag is on and the big females are starting to put on the weight required to foster egg growth over the winter months. There are a number of patterns… Continue Reading

Solar Muskies

By Joe Bucher, Editor Emeritus Without question, the most popular method of musky casting on many Minnesota and Canadian waters is holding a boat off a wave-pounded, rocky shoreline, and burning twin-ten bucktails. Arguably, more big fish are taken with this single tactic than with any other method during the summer. The technique covers a… Continue Reading