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    Musky hunting winter 2019/2020

    I took my first trip targeting the elusive tiger musky this winter. Fished two hours, covered half a mile of shoreline, and got one bite from a 3 lb largemouth.

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    I'll update this thread as the musky hunt continues...

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    Nice one mathman. Unusual weather were having. LOL! i LOVE IT.

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    Looks like a lake. I have a guess at which one. Good job on the largemouth.

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    Yeah I gave up on the stretch of the Patuxent between the two reservoirs.

    I know this lake has tigers, so I'm focusing all my effort here this winter. In pursuit of the "fish of 10,000 casts" I'm expecting plenty of skunks but it should be an interesting study.

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    Good luck! Hoping to get out tomorrow for some yellow perch for the last day of the year.

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    Jerry, you going in the boat? Good Luck and Happy New year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mathman View Post
    Yeah I gave up on the stretch of the Patuxent between the two reservoirs.

    I know this lake has tigers, so I'm focusing all my effort here this winter. In pursuit of the "fish of 10,000 casts" I'm expecting plenty of skunks but it should be an interesting study.
    mathman, That dose sound interesting. I always say Learning, trying new things, hunting them down, the challenge was the most fun in fishing for me. Keep us up on that study.

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    Be sure to throw those BIG monster baits.
    That place holds big non tidal Stripers too.

    Hope ya get one!

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    That stretch between the reservoirs does hold musky in a certain section, but there are some regulars who tend to take home everything they catch (including musky) and leave all their trash behind. It's unfortunate, and coupled with infrequent tiger stockings it makes for a ruined fishery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaweatherman View Post
    That stretch between the reservoirs does hold musky in a certain section, but there are some regulars who tend to take home everything they catch (including musky) and leave all their trash behind. It's unfortunate, and coupled with infrequent tiger stockings it makes for a ruined fishery.

    Oh, I thought you were talking about Liberty.

    On the trash issue; welcome to Baltimore/DC.

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    Saturday: foggy, calm. Fished 2.5 hours.
    Monday: partly cloudy, calm. Fished 2 hours.
    No bites.

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    Have caught several in Burke Lake on a big jointed floating rebel. At the time I had two tied on my rods. The red and white one caught zip while the shad colored one caught 3 down at the dam. Fished the area for about three weeks almost every day. Skunked most days as I dialed in my long distance casting. Well worth the effort I must say.

    Good luck and keep casting.
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    You may want to try the Potomac below dam #5. Exc. walleye there, too.

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    Liveline Sunnys or Bluegill.

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    Thanks for the support. I'm still at it.
    Saturday: cloudy, warm, breezy. Fished 3 hours. One LMB @ 4+lbs
    Monday: cloudy, calm. Fished 2 hours. Skunk.
    So far I've lost $40 in XRaps =(

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    Lost Xraps to fish or to structure?

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    They were donated to submerged trees.

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    Sorry they were not claimed by toothy creatures

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    Assuming you use 2' of bite wire at the end of your line you won't have to worry about them being claimed by toothy critters.

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    Fished Sunday morning, 2 hours. Partly cloudy cold front conditions, wind and flurries.
    The point I planned to fish was occupied by a beaver. He was not pleased and loudly slapped the water with his tail.
    Found another protected shoreline and skunked, losing another xrap in the process.
    I've ordered some shallower-running Subwalks.

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    You might try jigging them up with a crawfish plastic if you're finding a lot of debris on bottom. Musky will eat jigs.

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    The fish of 10,000 casts. Takes patience.

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    One angler blogged that it took three months of fishing four times a week before he got his first tiger musky at this lake.
    That's like 50 sessions. Including today, I've gone only seven times.

    I fished under cloudy skies for three hours until dusk. Wind 10+ mph. Skunked.
    On the plus side, no xraps were drowned!

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    Glad you didn't lose any baits this time. Tiger muskies are a hard target because most of the stocked fingerlings don't survive to adulthood. Bass candy! They get put in when they're pretty small because they cannabalize each other in the hatchery if they stay in tanks any longer.

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