What started out as a simple video on using tip-ups for ice fishing turned into a first-ever experience for an angler in northern Illinois.
It was the angler’s first time on the lake, so he wasn’t expecting the fish that he hauled up.
That’s right: first time on the lake, first muskie ever caught.
The angler notes that he used a four-inch shiner-roach on a 12-foot hump. The water was clear, which is preferred by the species, so he used a lighter line and leader.
In the video description, the angler notes that he is a bass fisherman, so he’s not used to holding “toothy” fish.
The fight lasted about 10 minutes, with the muskie reaching the hole about five times and bolting away. The angler notes that he did release the fish, in spite of what muskie do to the bass population.