The bite has been sort of weird over the past week or two… It has been has been a little unpredictable and frustrating at times and then very rewarding at other times.
The two things that stand out most about the past couple weeks is that you had to really be ready at boatside. This means you had to have a well executed figure eight to hook a fish on most days. Even the fish that showed up late on baits were still able to be coaxed into eating with the right figure 8 moves. Much of this is reading the fish and pulling the bait away from the fish with just the right amount of speed and then slowing it down and setting it on a T for the fish when they are a little more excited.
The other thing was being ready to take advantage of the muskies stupidity when a feeding window opens. The windows have been brief this year and if you’re not ready, it’s easy to go home empty handed. If fish are biting or more active in the way they are following baits, waste no time in hitting your best spot or fishing spots that have the same make up as your hottest spot.
Bucktails have been best the past couple of weeks with some action on Bulldawgs as well. I’m looking for a night bite and topwater bite to fire up soon…
Joe Richie scored a hat trick one morning last week.
Here is fish #1
Here’s fish #2
…and one for the guide
Had maybe the best musky fishermen on the planet, Jason Hamernick of Muskie Breath Guide Service, jump in the boat the other day and make this fish look stupid on a figure 8…
Here’s a couple more that had to be coaxed on figure 8’s…