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Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest
My Wisconsin Space
I was just about ready to call it quits when I got a strike. No way of knowing what it was but it was heavy and ran with my line. The landing took ten to fifteen minutes as the fish pulled and lurched continuously. By now all hands were watching as I wrestled with the fish. As the he (and I) finally tired, we could see it was a Muskie. Apparently they are very rare for this area. Even in their known habitats, they are refered to as ‘the fish of 1000 casts’ because they are hard to catch. Although small for this species this specimen was still about three feet long and weighed over 14 pounds. After the movie and pictures we released him so he might grow to his adult five foot, sixty pound size. Fun to catch indeed, especially on a perfect Father’s Day.
You can read more about this incredible fish on Wikipedia.
The muskellunge story begins at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery near Morehead. “Kentucky Afield” cameras follow the process from spawning in the laboratory setting to releasing into lakes and streams. This segment features Hatchery Manager Rod Middleton along with Sarah Terry, the angler who caught Kentucky’s state record muskellunge.
We weren’t fishing for Muskellunge.
Lure: #7 Rapala Shad Rap
Line: 12 pound test SpiderWire EZ Mono
Reel: Shakesphere Synergy
———-I believe these two fish stressed the reel out too much, as the line release broke a few weeks later. I didn’t prefer the reel and rod anyway so it isn’t a big loss.
–I think the #7 Shad Rap was perfect for these little musky.
Area: Dunkard Creek, near Diliner in Southwest Pennsylvania. Upstream from where the creek flows into the Mon River.
Camera: Is NOT a GoPro. It is a Canon Powershot SX500 hanging around my neck.