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i think all serious muskie guys and gals should have a muskie livewell on board they work great and u dont have to rush with the pics or measurements and the fish will be nice and revived
 

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oh yea that to good post
 

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I kinda feel like i just got yelled at... I agree with the motive behind your post, I disagree with the tone. The beautiful thing about catch and release is letting it swim away, whether someone takes a picture before hand or not is something for them to decide. If someone takes a picture of a 20 inch muskie, who are we to judge? That fish will swim away, and thats whats important.

Alot of what you speak of is great for people with money, I am a salesman and can assure you that as much as people want to buy things they need, its not realistic for alot of them. To buy $500 in gear to "try" musky fishing doesnt seem realistic for most people in michigan. Even those with jobs are possibly looking at not being employed for long. To say that the cost isnt an excuse shows how out of touch you are with the place you live.

You had good information, and if people can afford a $200 musky net, $180 musky rod, $30 in line for that rod, $30 kniplex, and so on, i would encourage them to spend a few paychecks on it.
 

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Wow! That gave me a head ache.


There's many fisherman out there that are not going to spend the extra money for the things you mentioned. They have more important things to spend money on, like supporting their family. There are too many self proclaimed experts saying, "oh, you have to have this, & you have to have that, & you need to do this, blah blah blah".

If someone starting out musky fishing goes out & buys all this stuff people are saying they have to have. Then they are going to be very disappointed when they go out & not even catch or see a musky. They will be pissed off that they spent all that money with nothing to show for it. Just buy the basics & go out & try it. If you like it then add to your gear when you can.

On top of worrying if they have the proper gear they have to worry about if they are handling the fish properly else they will feel the wrath of the self proclaimed Gods of Musky Fishing. Just go out & fish & don't worry about what others say. If you're not breaking the law then there's nothing to worry about.
 

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QUOTE(BCBpIV @ Aug 2 2009, 06:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I kinda feel like i just got yelled at... I agree with the motive behind your post, I disagree with the tone. The beautiful thing about catch and release is letting it swim away, whether someone takes a picture before hand or not is something for them to decide. If someone takes a picture of a 20 inch muskie, who are we to judge? That fish will swim away, and thats whats important.

Alot of what you speak of is great for people with money, I am a salesman and can assure you that as much as people want to buy things they need, its not realistic for alot of them. To buy $500 in gear to "try" musky fishing doesnt seem realistic for most people in michigan. Even those with jobs are possibly looking at not being employed for long. To say that the cost isnt an excuse shows how out of touch you are with the place you live.

You had good information, and if people can afford a $200 musky net, $180 musky rod, $30 in line for that rod, $30 kniplex, and so on, i would encourage them to spend a few paychecks on it.

Yeh that!

BTW, where at did you buy Knipex for $30?
 

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QUOTE(Zib @ Aug 2 2009, 06:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(BCBpIV @ Aug 2 2009, 06:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I kinda feel like i just got yelled at... I agree with the motive behind your post, I disagree with the tone. The beautiful thing about catch and release is letting it swim away, whether someone takes a picture before hand or not is something for them to decide. If someone takes a picture of a 20 inch muskie, who are we to judge? That fish will swim away, and thats whats important.

Alot of what you speak of is great for people with money, I am a salesman and can assure you that as much as people want to buy things they need, its not realistic for alot of them. To buy $500 in gear to "try" musky fishing doesnt seem realistic for most people in michigan. Even those with jobs are possibly looking at not being employed for long. To say that the cost isnt an excuse shows how out of touch you are with the place you live.

You had good information, and if people can afford a $200 musky net, $180 musky rod, $30 in line for that rod, $30 kniplex, and so on, i would encourage them to spend a few paychecks on it.

Yeh that!

BTW, where at did you buy Knipex for $30?



LOL, i didnt, i thought the $200 for the net was a little heavy, so i cut back on the other cost!
 

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Well Chadster there are a few of us on this Board that have fished for Muskie for over thirty years.. Thanks for your opinion and it is noted.

We have seen the sport grow to the level that it is today because of throwing them back in a letting them grow..

Please refrain from preaching to the Choir.

Have a great day.
 

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130 LB. TEST LINE MIGHT BE OK IN THE OCEAN BUT I HAV CAUGHT OVER 40 40" MUSKY IN THE LAST 2 YEARS ON NOTHING MORE THAN 14" TEST NO LEADER NOT ONE HAS CUT MY LINE. IM A BASS FISHERMAN AN CATCH 20 TO 60 BASS A DAY ON THE LAKE TWO OR THREE DAYS A WEEK. SO DONT GO OUT AN SPEND 500 OR 200 ON GEAR I USE $4 SPINNER BAITS OR 4" CRANK BAITS THAT COST 5 BUCKS. 6 1/2 FT. RODS MED HEAVY SO DONT SPEND THE MONEY ON 130 LB. TEST LINE AND STEEL LEADERS I HAVE A $30 NET I DONT KEEP THE FISH BUT I MEASURE WEIGHT AN REALESS TAKE A PICTURE ALL WITHIN 4 OR 5 MIN. NO DEAD FISH YET.
 

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QUOTE(Zib @ Aug 2 2009, 06:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Wow! That gave me a head ache.


There's many fisherman out there that are not going to spend the extra money for the things you mentioned. They have more important things to spend money on, like supporting their family. There are too many self proclaimed experts saying, "oh, you have to have this, & you have to have that, & you need to do this, blah blah blah".

If someone starting out musky fishing goes out & buys all this stuff people are saying they have to have. Then they are going to be very disappointed when they go out & not even catch or see a musky. They will be pissed off that they spent all that money with nothing to show for it. Just buy the basics & go out & try it. If you like it then add to your gear when you can.

On top of worrying if they have the proper gear they have to worry about if they are handling the fish properly else they will feel the wrath of the self proclaimed Gods of Musky Fishing. Just go out & fish & don't worry about what others say. If you're not breaking the law then there's nothing to worry about.

First of all, very nice post Chad.

Zib, I agree that some of the musky equipment is WAY too expensive. However, I would think if you can afford to put gas in your boat, gas in the truck to pull it to the ramp, and buy all the tackle that you need, you can afford $25 for Knipex (which I bought for just that on EBAY) and a good bag for a net. Even if you have an old Ranger or other crap net, the bag can be replaced for $50-$70. Those nice Fin-Saver bags work really nice.

I remember the second muskie I ever caught. It was 45" long and it swallowed my whole Loke (no Knipex to cut the hook). I couldn't get it out of the net because it was tangled up in my Ranger. The fish ended up going belly up. It seemed like a waste to me.
 

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QUOTE(heinie @ Aug 2 2009, 07:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>First of all, very nice post Chad.

Zib, I agree that some of the musky equipment is WAY too expensive. However, I would think if you can afford to put gas in your boat, gas in the truck to pull it to the ramp, and buy all the tackle that you need, you can afford $25 for Knipex (which I bought for just that on EBAY) and a good bag for a net. Even if you have an old Ranger or other crap net, the bag can be replaced for $50-$70. Those nice Fin-Saver bags work really nice.

I remember the second muskie I ever caught. It was 45" long and it swallowed my whole Loke (no Knipex to cut the hook). I couldn't get it out of the net because it was tangled up in my Ranger. The fish ended up going belly up. It seemed like a waste to me.

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The only Knipex that I seen on Ebay for that cheap have been used & looked wore out.

BTW, my reply wasn't about spending extra money for cutters & a net. There's been a lot of people asking about what they need for musky fishing & many of the responses are, "you need this $200 rod, this $400 reel, this $25 bucktail because ALL others are crap, etc. etc." That's either going to discourage people from getting started in musky fishing or it will lead to some disappointed as stated in my post above.
 

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QUOTE(Zib @ Aug 2 2009, 06:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Wow! That gave me a head ache.


There's many fisherman out there that are not going to spend the extra money for the things you mentioned. They have more important things to spend money on, like supporting their family. There are too many self proclaimed experts saying, "oh, you have to have this, & you have to have that, & you need to do this, blah blah blah".

If someone starting out musky fishing goes out & buys all this stuff people are saying they have to have. Then they are going to be very disappointed when they go out & not even catch or see a musky. They will be pissed off that they spent all that money with nothing to show for it. Just buy the basics & go out & try it. If you like it then add to your gear when you can.

On top of worrying if they have the proper gear they have to worry about if they are handling the fish properly else they will feel the wrath of the self proclaimed Gods of Musky Fishing. Just go out & fish & don't worry about what others say. If you're not breaking the law then there's nothing to worry about.

you hit the nail on the head with that reply zib...
 

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QUOTE(BobFequal @ Aug 2 2009, 07:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>you can get a set of kliens for like $20 at home depot for a little more you can get the 2000 series that are harder and stay sharper

Looks like I may have to go buy the 2000 series ($28). They're made in the USA too.
 
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