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Tomahawk, WI 54487
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July 29, 2015

“The Musky Game…Musky – 1, Fisherman – 2”

Last week, my good friend Jerrod from Illy and I scouted for musky. Conditions were very hot and sunny with some light wind. These conditions are very poor for musky, but that didn’t stop us. We started out casting bucktails, suicks, and top-water baits. We fished cabbage beds deep and shallow in places where we don’t normally fish. Even though the fish appeared to not be active, we moved a good sized pike on a bucktail and had a decent musky “bump” a suick from behind. Not much action on this day, but hopefully we have some good musky spots figured out for the good autumn bite!

This week I took clients out on a musky hunt. There was sun to clouds in the morning with a good south wind and an approaching weather front. We cast mainly top-water and bucktails in and along the cabbage weed. Once the cloud deck took over the sky, the muskies started to get active. Then thirteen year old Justin began his musky career with a good fish taking a “swing” and missing the top water lure. I told Justin we were going to give this fish a break for about an hour and come back. While trying a new spot, Justin’s dad, Eric, got some bites. A good large-mouth bass was caught and released along with a nice pike. Both fish came up and “smashed” a medium size bucktail. Great job Eric and good releases. Then it was back to the previous musky spot. A south wind was picking up and so was the bite. A few casts into the drift and “BANG”…Justin was fighting a beast. After a good battle Justin could hardly believe his eyes and me too. The fat meaty beast was a beautiful 40 inch tiger musky! What a trophy! Fantastic job Justin! The best was that it was a good release.

A few minutes passed and I said, “Let’s get one more.” Eric told me not to be greedy, but I told him it would not be greedy as we would release it as well. Wouldn’t you know it, with about the last cast, the kid stuck another fish! Congrats again! Another musky measuring 38 inches. We definitely had luck on our side. Later we fished for some multi-species and had success, but then decided to head in as Justin was exhausted from reeling in all those big fish!!

If you are looking for a day out on the water, give me a call at 715-966-1821. Remember to check out my Facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy and Guide Service. Well, that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth reminding you, “Don’t slack off and always keep your line tight!”

July 22, 2015

“The Muskies, They are a Calling!”

Just before the weekend clients and I searched for musky on Lake Alice. Conditions were sun to clouds with approaching rain, and water temps at 73 to 77 degrees. The first drift I had the boys throwing a bucktail and a suick along a weed line on a channel edge, but no action. We then worked mainly cabbage beds and stumpy areas, casting bucktails and slop masters. The first fish came up and took a swing at the bucktail in the lily pads. There was excitement for a moment until this good size beast decided to miss the bait instead of eating it. Next fishing more weeds we tried the really shallow stuff. I then noticed slime on the weeds. Immediately I said time to get out, it’s no good, and at the same time, Brian was reeling in his slop master “bang” at the boat side…another musky came off! Just goes to show you that muskies are unpredictable! Later more lily pads, and on the first cast, Al had a good musky on, but came off. I was wondering at this point in the day if a fish was going to get stuck or not. The problem was the muskies were interested, but were not inhaling the lures. At the next spot the weather was starting to get ‘’juicy”. Then Al got a bite and I reached for the landing net and was surprised to see a big ‘ol dogfish in the bottom of the net. Then almost the next cast, “crack” Brian was fighting a beast! I got the net out and the same thing happened…”Yup” you guessed it…Another big dogfish! How amazing that we caught two river monsters in two minutes! This was turning out to be a day where you can catch everything in the lake except what you are trying for. That’s fishing for you!

During the rain, Brian was casting a suick and “pow” at the boat, a good fish and no hook up! “Unbelievable,” I thought to myself. Later, Al stuck a decent pike on a bucktail and soon after we decided to call it a day. The result of the day was a handful of pike, two river monsters, two muskies on the line, two nice “skies” that bit short, and one porpoise. Not a bad day. Congratulations to the boys!

On another outing, clients and I searched for walleye and crappies. We fished after the a.m. storm and the bite was good early. A 19 ½” golden beauty was the first fish that bit on a jig near the weeds; then a few sub-legals were caught also. Then it was getting bit off time. A large musky bit through the powerpro like butter and then a good pike did the same. Our good bite was fading. There was a lots of hot sun and wind and the afternoon storms that never surfaced. We then fished pretty much everywhere deep and shallow and Bill got her going with a slab crappie. Later a beautiful 18” walleye was caught in the weeds. Then Maggie had the hot fishing pole; she started catching nice walleyes in our last couple of fishing holes. Superb job Maggie and congrats to Bill. They did a great job of fishing on a hot day!

If you are looking for a day out on the water, give me a call at 715-966-1821. Remember to check out my Facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy and Guide Service. Well, that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth reminding you, “Don’t slack off and always keep your line tight!”

Last updated: July 30, 2015

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