I think the en vogue thing is to only use artificial lures, preferably on fly tackle to target muskies. Please, no store bought lures either, only handmade.
Additionally, one should only use self propelled craft as to maintain the serenity of the river while angling for esox.
And it's surely not cool to fish for muskies in SML, rivers only in these parts. And don't do it at night especially. They are too vulnerable to the anglers at that time.
Now, there is some sarcasm in that post, however it's all based on real life encounters with musky purists in this area. They are very much like native trout or bass purists. The process is vastly more important than the result.
Myself, I like soaking suckers for muskies, at night. And I like my canoes to be about 20 feet long, propelled by a 200hp jet if I'm gonna be after them in the river. This seems offensive to some though...
Oh and how the hell do you throw a cast net from a canoe???
Excellent question Pete. I have found that the thumb method is optimum from a canoe. This is where you use your thumb rather than your teeth. The shrimpers method is horrible in that there are too many opportunities to snag the free rope and extra net behind you.
You are already sitting down, thus the setup is actually better because you comfortably can ensure no tangles. Then you obviously need to stand up with your feet as spread out as possible balancing the canoe. You cannot move your feet so you have to concentrate on an efficient swing. Thus you swing and heave. Works quite well. Oh.. And choke up on the net as much as possible.
Please tell me more about these musky purist rules. Seriously, what are they from your perspective? The only thing I know about musky is that one uses bug lures and a figure 8 at the boat.
Is live bait not seen as productive? Or.. Is it just cheating? I'm very curious.
In terms of live bait fishing from a canoe, I do not recommend it to anyone! Live bait fishing is the hardest thing I have ever done. Doing it from a canoe with planer boards... Well... It's just stupid! The boards themselves act as rudders thus if you use one, you must use 2. You have to deploy them at the same time and if you take your mind off it for 1 second, you are screwed. Catching a fish means turning off your trolling motor and completely disregarding your spread. Oh.. And trust me... Everything else is a real PITA as well. Very inexpensive though!
I was going to refrain from commenting, but since you asked. Most people who musky fish guard them as special. They don't typically exist in large populations so advocating conservation is key. We put in a lot of time and money in being able to fish for them whole minimalizing the amount of harm to the fish. Bait is frowned upon because they typically swallow the bait deep. Bogas are also frowned upon because the break jaw bones and vertebra in their spine.
My thoughts, you are lucky and did the best you could. Congratulations on your catch and thanks for practicing CPR
Last Edit: Jun 16, 2016 9:48:01 GMT -5 by mwardncsu