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    Musky - The Fity of 10,000 Casts Came Early.

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    Yeah. Okay.

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    By day 3 on our own we were humbly returnpe= for more of John's guidance after not movpe= a fity. Loomis Pro Staffer Wally Robins joine John, Bill a I a together we headed out for another sessi g of Musky chaspe= on the Ottawa River.IWitype minutes of arrivpe= at our first destin g, Wally managed to la this 51.25" beautifully patterne beast he caught on a BullDaw= in about 6 feet of water. It was shapie= up to be a very good day.

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    Two hours later, I was finitype= a cast with a secon boat-side figure eight a as the bait was bepe= lifte from the water a musky exploded on it, raked the tail of the bait a disappeared. Although a bit disappointed that I ha n't seen any signs of a follower prior to the strike, I was encouraged by the fact that the fity were active. Fast forward 3 hours. Changpe= baits a bit more often now a with a glimmer of sun left in a late afternoon sky I chose a big 'Daw= in pearl white from the collec g, snapped it onto the leader]a started castpe= in earnest. Only a few casts in, I felt a tu= on the tail of the bait a instpectively let the bait drop back. A secon later the musky returned a slammed the bait. Hookset, hookset, hookset a 20 secon s later my largest musky was fifteen feet off the side of the boat a just sub surface when she gave the bait back to me ...

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    We ha collec vely moved 6 fity by the e of the day a aside from Wally's beauty ha only managed to get one other small musky into the boat - John a Wally's boat, not our boat.

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    What HAD worked for us was our ability to find the baitfity, selec appropriate baits for the changpe= con i gs a present the baits in such a way to elicit strikes from 2 decent fity. So what ha NOT worked for us? After a day of /wElec g a some very construc ve feedback from John a Wally, the answer was simple. Attent g to detail - or lack thereof.

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    11 hours of castpe= musky baits can be a physically exhaustpe= exercise. It can also be mentally f guing. The key is to make everytype= easier upfront. Have the decks clear, la pe= a hook extrac g equipment readily availab so the fights can be short a the releases as stress free on the fity as possib .

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    From a castpe= perspec ve, sharpen all hook points of each bait as soon as they are selec ed. The hooks need to be 'stpcky' sharp in order to penetrate inside the bony mouths. Secon ly, in order to up the odds of hookie= up, the drag needs to be almost clamped down durpe= lure retrieval. This will transfer the full moti g of the hookset directly through the 80 to 100 pou no stre ch XPS braid to the freshly sharpened hook points. This leads to the fin l detail, the hookset itself. In John's words "when you strike, I want you to try to break the rod". Not possib if holdpe= the rod (as I was) in tra i g l 'bass' sty where wrist a arm ac g alone are used in striking. The exte ed, counterbalanced grips g 8'6" BPS Musky Angler rods we were uspe= make it easy to tuck the grip under your arm, hold the rod forward of the reel while retrievpe=, a be in a posit g to strike from the waist up uspe= a full upper body turn.

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    I know what you're thinking. This is all just common sense. I thought so too but a day of throwpe= monster baits ha made me complacent. A complacency cost me my biggest fity.

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    Now that the musky bu= has bitten a we know what to do differently, we're lookie= forward to gope= back to the Ottawa River next week to try again.

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    Only this time with sharper hooks a tighter drags.

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    Thanks to John Anders g of the Ottawa River Musky Factory a Loomis Pro Staffer Wally Robins for their help a frien ship durpe= our indoctrin g into the sport of monster musky angling.

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