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How many casting fish do you personally catch in a seasons' time?
I just completed my first year musky fishing (almost exclusively) and just wondering what's about the average for the year for most guys.
Although I'm a troller at heart (walleye, salmon) I tend to lean toward casting/jigging when it comes to musky mainly for the excitement, plus we always fish my boat and I almost never get a shot at the rods since I'm driving etc. Casting I'm in control of what I am able to produce.
Post by muskyboy6751 on Nov 1, 2017 14:44:15 GMT -5
I pretty much cast exclusively. At least as much as I can. I personally enjoy casting much more than trolling. I have had like 10-12 trips this year( most trips are 6 hrs or less) and have caught 12 to 15 muskies. I don’t catch fish every trip, sometimes i get skunked and sometimes I catch multiple fish. I try to base a day off of contact with fish. If I raise fish and have follows or hits, I consider that positive, putting fish in the boat is always a good day. But sometimes that’s out of my control. If I am not seeing any fish then I am doing something wrong.
When casting I expect about the same as pklingen. about 2 hits a 5-6 hr trip are about the average. I fish 4-6 days a week from ice out thru October and cast 80% of the time except during the mid summer peak water temps. I troll then. Some days are way better than others and some are fish less. The more time you can spend on the water the more fish you catch. Numbers come from being on the water when fish are active. It's that simple. Experience, is the only teacher that you will remember what it taught you to do in changing conditions which can happen quickly with these fish. Good Luck
Last Edit: Nov 4, 2017 14:52:58 GMT -5 by Musky 57
Thanks for the replies so far. My boat averages better than one fish boated per trip, the best we did was 3 in one day 47 1/2, 42 and 36, best day casting saw 11 4 hit landed 2. I just wanted to gauge how we did our first year going at it. I caught my first fish jigging (buddies did really good but we had a baby so took time off during prime time) and I caught 2 on a figure 8 which was also my first year goal.
Post by kgonefishin on Nov 2, 2017 12:00:44 GMT -5
You can say that again, after 50 follows I thought it would never happen and when it did I about crap myself, it was a mid 40s fish that took my all the way around the bow of my boat then went under it and it came unglued. I was beyond jacked I even had one go, I was pissed I lost it but it happened again 30 minutes later and landed that one, very exiting no doubt. Fish get my blood boiling.
You can say that again, after 50 follows I thought it would never happen and when it did I about crap myself, it was a mid 40s fish that took my all the way around the bow of my boat then went under it and it came unglued. I was beyond jacked I even had one go, I was pissed I lost it but it happened again 30 minutes later and landed that one, very exiting no doubt. Fish get my blood boiling
You'll convert a lot more fish on the 8 once you learn to "read"the fish. Takes practice. The 8 is and art in its self.
Last Edit: Nov 3, 2017 12:04:49 GMT -5 by Musky 57
After getting a few to go on the 8, I was telling my cousin who I fish with almost every trip. I don't know if I got better at it or the fish were just in the mood, I believe it was a combination of both.
Post by crappiemusky on Nov 3, 2017 18:51:39 GMT -5
Casting definitely gets your heart pumping when those big girls follow your baits in. I always like to consider it a very good day musky fishing when I at least have contact with at least one musky. It definitely makes it easier if your on the lake more and can stay in touch to where their hanging.