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2020 Nestor Falls Musky Cup Results
Ask anyone: 2020 has been anything but normal. When things start to go sideways – as they have been for months on end now – it's a nice break to participate in something as ‘far removed from it all' as one can get. Enter the 2020 Nestor Falls Musky Cup!
If you're not familiar with the NFMC…
Hot Water Musky Fishing – The Trials and Tribulations
In some Ontario waters, early season muskies are a frustration to be dealt with. Are they hiding? Inactive? Are they feeding? Suspended? It’s difficult to put a pattern together when there’s very little feedback on the water.
I’ve been tangling with this problem for years and I’m happy to tell you that, as of the last three years or so, I think I’ve keyed in on an interesting dynamic between musky behaviour and warm water…
Trolling for Musky; Seeing and Reacting to Fish on the Sonar
In the realm of musky fishing, there is a longstanding and ongoing debate on the effectiveness of casting versus trolling. Both presentations have their merits, and both are widely considered essential to an effective plan for finding and catching musky.
One argument that routinely comes up when supporting the case for…
Understanding Muskies' Fall Movements
Most of my fishing friends are content knowing that September through November are big fish months on our waters. Time in the boat has revealed this truth to them.
But if you know me, you know that I’m not content just taking that at face value. I have to know why. What triggers the biggest muskies and pike to mysteriously show up on structures that were virtually barren in July and August?
Muskies are Fast Learners
Rare is the occasion for the musky chaser to find virgin concentrations of fish like I managed to find early this past season. It was an education for both the fish and I as my clients could do no wrong during the first day on the spot.
These are the days when you shoot video for your lure sponsors and capitalize on the kamikaze nature of these untouched muskies.
Virgin fish can be absolutely crazed marauders! Sometimes these concentrations of fish…
Are Musky Chasers Really Crazy?
It’s the latter part of November and we’re out on the main basin of Lake Nipissing, bobbing around in 3 foot waves and snow flurries. We couldn’t see a hundred yards outside the periphery of foggy whiteness that surrounded us.
As we trolled closer to our GPS coordinate, my fishing partner exclaimed “Hey look…
Cold Weather Fishing Tips
When it comes to weather, the last few months of the season can be rather volatile on the water. Whether you’re a pickerel angler or a musky angler, you need to stay safe in cold water conditions…
Trophy Musky Time
The October full moon has come and gone but don’t think for a minute though that your opportunity for a giant is over. Late fall is an interesting time to be a musky angler. The muskies are more active than ever; it’s trophy musky time!
However, the water temperatures have fallen and the musky’s metabolism has also diminished, causing…
The Challenge of Musky Fishing
One September, I embarked on a 6-day guiding run with three separate sets of clients. We trolled 18% of the time and casted 82% of the time. In those six days, we boated 5 muskies and raised (saw) maybe 8 or 9 more…