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Playing the "Size" Game With Musky By Justin Hoffman
Musky fishing is literally a game of size. Searching for the
lifetime fish that stretches beyond the fifty-inch mark on the tape,
or a 'ski that bottoms out the scale at thirty-pounds are targets we
all strive for when out on the water. Lets face it - size does
matter to a musky angler. But how about the size of the baits you
throw at these fish in the hope of luring them in? There is a time
and place for big baits and small in musky fishing, and learning the
in's and out's will help you in attaining that fish of a lifetime.
The phrase "small bait" is a relative term when discussing
species-specific lures. For the freshwater musky, small can be
defined as a lure that measures less than five-inches in length.
(Quite the contrast to some of the monster twelve and fourteen-inch
baits used to scour the depths by some musky hunters.)
Although musky can attain tremendous weight and size, there is
something about a small bait under the right circumstances that can
work pure magic. Early season is one of those moments.
Springtime means cooler water in many regions of the country, and it
also means slower metabolism for its watery friends. Muskies are
less likely to exert themselves chasing down large prey, but can be
convinced to take a swipe at a bite-sized snack. (This only makes
sense, as the natural prey they will be feeding on will be young of
the year baitfish, perch and bluegills in the two to five-inch
length.) Tossing around small bucktails, cranks and jerkbaits can be
the key to success early on in the season.
Cold front conditions are another situation that calls for
downsizing your presentation. We've all been there before - bright
blue skies, sunny and without a cloud in the sky. This is darn tough
fishing in anyone's book. Muskies can be caught during these
periods, but it will take something small, natural and unobtrusive
to do the damage. This isn't a time for monster cranks or behemoth
trolling plugs, but scaled down versions that will be appealing and
noteworthy to the lazy musky with lockjaw.
Fall time has traditionally meant BIG baits, but what about those
days when the fish continuously follow the lure but refuse to
strike? Small baits are the answer to the question. Musky can become
conditioned to big baits that are commonly thrown by the majority of
anglers. Most days, everyone and his brother are throwing large
jerkbaits or gliders, sometimes resulting in fish that love to
follow. Next time you run into this frustrating dilemma, make a
quick switch to a smaller version of the bait you are using, and be
prepared to hang on to that rod. A simple switch in the "size game"
is often all it takes to find action.
Now that we've discussed when to utilize small baits for musky,
lets find out when big is best. Hot summer weather is generally a
good time to go big. Fish will be extremely active, and will be
looking for a substantial meal to keep their energy levels up.