Originally posted by Musky
You could probably start a forum here based soley on musky wolrd record controversy and conspiracies, and find it would attract interest if musky
fishermen knew about about.
truer words were never spoken...musky fishermen are a rare breed indeed.
I love the stories I hear from them. Here's just one I got first hand. It appears this gnarly old fellow was casting a big wooden bait into a
shallow, weed-filled little bay on the much larger Woods Bay which is a part of MUCH larger georgian bay. As he cast the bait out, he messed up on the
baitcasting reel and wound up with a big snarled bunch of line. That's not hard to do, even when you're using 50lb test monofilament.
Anyways, as this old-timer was perusing this ball of line in his hands, he must have been waving the rod around just right, because right then a musky
decided to grab that wood.
Well, there he was, standing in his 14 foot aluminum, all alone in the world except for this fish, the little weed-choked bay and a useless rod and
What would you do, hmmm?
What he did was toss down the gear, grab the line and haul that fish into the boat by hand. That fish, he said, went totally nuts, ripping back and
forth through that bay as he wound the line onto his left arm, you know...around the elbow and into the cup of his hand until he finally got it into
Releasing the fish from the barbless hook, he measured it, weighed it and took a picture before putting it back in the water.
I know he wasn't pulling my leg...I forget how big it was, in my minds eye I think it looked about 35 pounds or so, because when he showed me that
picture like it was a treasure he was holding... he got all serious like, and told me it was the best one he ever caught. Then I remember he showed me
the scars on his right hand, still there after a bunch of years.
I also remember this bit...he said that it was hard to pull the line in with all the blood on his hand, but, damn, that fish was worth it.
When I was in Wisconsin, I stayed at the Sunrise Lodge
and fished Lac Vieux. It's near Eagle River (?) and a
lovely spot. Didn't catch much though, but worth every penny I spent.
I have my own tales to tell, but I'll save it for another day.
See ya around the boards, musky... catch ya later