Spring muskie fishing is right around the corner. Are you ready?
Spring muskie fishing can be some of the best muskie fishing of the year. Males are out in force looking to eat everything they can and big fatty females are trying to fill back up from spawn. The water temps tend to be in our favor as well as they are only increasing, which has muskies put the feed bag on even more.
According to Indiana professional muskie guide Gary Enos, here's a few things you need to do right now to get ready.
Winter time is all about preparing for when we can get back on the water. Just like most sports these days, fishing has turned into a year round activity with very little off time if you really want to be effective on the water. In a brief talk with Enos over the necessities of preparing to catch an early spring muskie, off season bait tune-up was as the top of his list.
It's very important that your baits are running right. Do you remember that Suick from last fall that all of sudden started running to the right? What about that ShallowRaider that angled to the left? Now is the time to fix it. However, that is not all, those hooks need a little elbow grease, as well.
"Be sure to not just sharpen the hooks, but replace rusty, old nasty ones." Enos said. "Spend a few extra bucks and put on some quality hooks, like VMC. I found that these hooks keep their edge longer."
Like all things with moving parts, muskie baits also have several other places that can break down.
"Always remember to check out screw eyes and split rings, too." Enos continued. You don't want to have tackle break down on a possible fish of a lifetime."
Maybe this weekend or next, if you have a little time on your hands, it would probably be a good idea to follow Gary's advice and give your baits a good once over. It only helps put the odds a little more in your favor.
Good luck out in there in 2016. Hopefully for you muskies become the fish of every 100 casts, unlike the 1,000 casts for the rest of us.