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my biggest muskie to date was caught on a 6 inch lure just wondering what others have experienced, is there any truth to big lures big fish or is your biggest fish off a smaller lure. people i personally talk to say same as me there biggest fish off small or regular sized bait for the species not a magnum sized one
 

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Biggest ever fish was on a small daredevil that I was trolling behind a pedal-boat up in the UP.
42 inch pike landed without any gear, because I didn't have it with me. We managed to get the fish into the boat and across our laps while we pedaled our way back across the lake to camp. And of course no film in the camera(pre-digital days). Here I was with the biggest fish of my life, Dad is 10 hours anyway and no (expletive) film
 

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QUOTE(DR.hook @ Jun 13 2009, 08:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>my largest fish was a 40 lb barricuda i caught it on a ballyhoo about 9"long when i was in the florida keys

My biggest fish was a 4ft nurse shark caught on a sardine weighed 96 pounds on a charter boat from fort meyers on the gulf! 30lb test line an a crappy penn 209
 

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A lot of my biggest Muskie are caught on a 3 inch Red Eye
 

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32 inch brown trout on a personally hand tied drake fly, in the upper manistee river during the fly hatch at 1:28 a.m. on july the 10 of 1990. this is not necessarily the largest but I believe the most memorable and will always stick in my mind. I have caught pike larger but For a brown trout out of that stretch of water it was a big one. And quite tasty I might add.
 

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QUOTE(muskiebobsr @ Jun 14 2009, 01:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>A lot of my biggest Muskie are caught on a 3 inch Red Eye

i wonder if thats due to matching the bait i know we try to do it salmon fishing but ive never tried applying it too muskie fishing but im not going to attempt to flush a muskies stomach and i release em so never cut em open to know what size fish theyre feeding on. weve caught 15-20 lb kings on mini spoons on lk mi they dont always want regular or magnums
 

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Biggest was a 44 inch pike, heaviest was a 37 inch, 33 1/2 lb King, both in Lexington harbor and both on a blue and silver cleo cast from the docks.
 

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My opinion is that it goes both ways and depends on what time of year. Muskies feed on instinct and if they feel like eating a large bait nothing is going to get in their way. If they want small then small it will be. I believe that when presenting a bait to a muskie at the perfect time it doesn't really matter much lol. Pattern?? WHAT pattern??lol
 

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QUOTE(schram @ Jun 15 2009, 08:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>My opinion is that it goes both ways and depends on what time of year. Muskies feed on instinct and if they feel like eating a large bait nothing is going to get in their way. If they want small then small it will be. I believe that when presenting a bait to a muskie at the perfect time it doesn't really matter much lol. Pattern?? WHAT pattern??lol

Ain't that the truth
 

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Biggest rookie year musky and overall fish was a really chunky 46 incher caught on a 6 inch pikie.

But.... the #2 musky and the biggest properly hooked pike (37") were caught on the same 13 inch Grandma.

Lunkers of other species have been all over the place as to lure size, too, but mostly followed the 'ol big lures for big fish principle.
 

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Three 45" Musky and 1 that was over 50" (guessing - not boated) all on crawler harnesses with 1/2" and 3/4" blades.

Smallest fish actually caught / hooked was 1.25" creek chub on a fly.
 

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QUOTE(gimmeteeth @ Jun 16 2009, 05:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Lunkers of other species have been all over the place as to lure size, too, but mostly followed the 'ol big lures for big fish principle.

Bigger fish will sometimes only come on bigger baits, but sometimes all sizes of fish (including hogs) will hit a smaller sized bait.
 
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