Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:22 pm Post subject: 40 inch Tiger Muskie
We had a pretty wild cold snap yesterday that made for some wet and stormy fishing. My parents were in town from Southern California, and they had never fished with me before. They asked me to take them up to the lake, and they didn't even complain when I asked that we wake up at 4am. Unfortunately for them, the conditions were quite a shock with 45 degree temps and heavy rains. However, catching big fish can quickly make any condition bearable.
I hooked into this 40 inch tiger right as the rain was letting up. The surface temp was 72degrees at 7am, and I caught this on the surface long-lining an original. It put up quite a fight and launched completely out of the water 3 times.
Catching this fish was quite a relief. I think we have all felt a bit of pressure with the expectation for producing fish when taking guests. I'm happy I was able to share this experience with my parents, who ended up seeing the biggest fresh-water fish of their lives.
As I'm trying to catch, photograph, and release these fish, I don't always have time to weigh them. With the warm water temps and long fights, they build up a ton of lactic acid, and I can't keep them in the boat long without killing them. In fact, this one took over 5 minutes to revive as I released it, and I've had some take even longer. My primary measurement of interest for these is length, but I would guess this was around 17-20 pounds.
I'm still determined to get my 48-50 incher. _________________
OH yeah.. that thing looks thick. Nice Job.. i still need to get back there.. but i will never go to that zoo on the weekends !
This weekend storm was a beautiful thing. I saw only 2 boats that entire Saturday morning. Unfortunately, Saturdays are my most available days. The only way to get around all the zoo activity is to fish very early or late. Also, you can find a few bays that don't get traffic, especially by the dam. Weeknights are my favorite option right now, and these fish will bite after dark. _________________
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