Tips and Tactics



Tip #5 – “Keep It Slow” – By Don Leaser –  10/9/13

Fishing the Fall can be a challenge. Not a numbers game. If your fishing slow, which you know should be, slow down even more. Remember, strike zone. The longer the bait is in the strike zone, the greater your chances of your presentation that any big girl just can’t resist.

Fall Musky Bait Selections – 9/26/12

Fall musky fishing is a little different than the regular summer season when it comes to your decisions on bait selection. As a rule of thumb, one would select large, slow baits, big plastics, bulldogs, big suckers, and alike, due to very cold water temp’s, and that is fine, they are all staples to the fall musky hunter. However keep an open mind. If you have spent any time on the water at all, you have seen some strange eating habits from the musky. Do not hesitate to think outside the box. Downsize, throw something that does not fall under the “rule of thumb’, it may land you the fall trophy of a lifetime. 

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Fishing Pressured Lakes  (6-20-12)

When you are fishing a body of water than gets heavy fishing pressure, or is over run with jet skis, every pleasure boat in town, and those darn water skiers, you have to think outside the box.

Find an area where you have never chucked a bait, worse case is you learn that spot to either eliminate it, or to come back to it. Another tactic is to fish at night. Muskies are night feeders. It can be very exciting.

Another option, be the first rig at the launch. I enjoy getting to the launch before the sun comes up.

These are just a few ideas to beat a beat body of water. 

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Keeping it Clean (5-15-12)

By Don Leaser

Have you ever looked in your boat as it sits in your garage after a fishing trip, or before you’re ready to hit the lake again? What do you see? Several baits lying on the floor, poles all tangled up, pliers, hook cutters, or maybe the lunch you had yesterday is still lying on top of your tackle box along with the empty soda bottles. Nothing can be more challenging than trying to land a 30 lb fish, with two guys in your boat, swinging a huge net, and stumbling around all the clutter we accumulate in our boats.  

Over the years, I have found that a clean, organized vessel is a happy vessel. This is particularly true when night fishing. Nothing can be more aggravating than trying to land a big fish at night with a boat in disarray. Ever step on a treble hook? Fun stuff. Before hitting the water, day or night, spend a few moments organizing and cleaning out your boat. We all have too many tackle boxes, baits, coolers and an array of “other” necessities we seem not to be able to be without in our fishing adventures.  

When your fishing buddy yells, “fish on”, you won’t have to take a detour to the closest emergency room to have the aforementioned treble hook removed before you net your buddies 30 pounder. Which reminds me, not a good idea to be barefoot in a boat anyway. At least a true fishing boat. So, in conclusion, clean it up. Your trip will be more enjoyable, and give you better odds of netting that 30 pound trophy.  

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Line Matters    By Don Leaser

The most important part of your very expensive fishing rig, no matter what species you are targeting is what? The reel, the pole, the hook perhaps? Who said the line? Line is the correct answer.

No matter the species, no matter the line weight, no matter the kind of line you spool, it is imperative to pay attention. Always check your line before you head to the water. Run your fingers over the first 3 feet or so above the leader, or hook. If you feel bumps, cuts or abrasions, go head and cut that amount of line and re-tie. Same can be said for the one’s who chase fish with teeth, who must maintain a supply of leaders, again no matter what they are made of. Visually inspect your leader, run your fingers up and down a few times, again, if you feel anything that is not supposed to be there, it is time to replace.

When should you do this? All the time. Before you hit the water, when you catch a fish, after you scrape a dock, or a rock. Just think of all the colorful expletives  you would use if you lost that 5 lb. LMB, or  a 48″ musky because you did not check out your line.

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