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kschaefer3  
#1 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 6:19:18 AM(UTC)
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I caught this fish out of my inflatable pontoon this weekend. It was the biggest cluster f*ck, but we landed the fish.
The crowd that gathered in their canoes and kayaks got quite the show, including me tripping and falling into the river.
Good thing my friend brought a net and the fish was in said net when I fell.


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MikeJuran  
#2 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 6:22:17 AM(UTC)
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nice fish and sounds like quite the show! how long was he?
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kschaefer3  
#3 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 6:44:10 AM(UTC)
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Thanks! It was 42".
EddieRivard  
#4 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 7:31:21 AM(UTC)
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I still can't get over the size of the teeth on that Musky. What fly did you catch it on? An Adam's? Had you spotted the fish before you made your cast or were you fishing blind? Do you use wire leaders like "Toothy Critter" or 50 pound flourocarbon? How long did the fight last? Afterwards did you fish some more or were you spent and too overcome with jubilation to continue fishing? These questions must have answers! ThumpUp
FryinPanDan  
#5 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 7:33:25 AM(UTC)
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Woah...

If it were me, I'd have to take a break from fishing for a bit...
"My position is, we should have a clean, healthy, diverse natural environment so I can go fishing. Because fishing makes me happy." - John Gierach
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kschaefer3  
#6 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 8:14:17 AM(UTC)
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Well, Eddie, I didn't want to tell anyone, but it was a size 20 parachute adams...BigGrin

Actually, I caught it on a 9-10" articulated streamer with light blue flash and a gray head. We were fishing blind. We came up to a nice slower section that we could fish from the pontoons, so I started. Third cast my line stopped dead then started shaking. I use 2' of 40-60 lb flouro off the fly line. I then loop to loop that to 80 lb flouro for the bite guard.

The fight lasted longer than it should have. I ended up being drug in circles by the fish until my friend could get in position and net it. I tried to hand net it while waiting, but she didn't like it when I grabbed the line boat side.

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If it were me, I'd have to take a break from fishing for a bit...

Yes, me too! Plus I had to empty some water out of my right wader boot. After release, we pulled up to the closest island. I turned the waders inside out to let them dry and basked in the glory (and the sunshine). I was still a little shaky 20 mins later. I did end up fishing more, but I always fished second and didn't try nearly as hard as before. I was more interested in my buddy hooking up next.

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donjuan  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 9:53:23 PM(UTC)
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Very cool! That 1st picture is great
LenH  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, August 21, 2013 5:14:14 AM(UTC)
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impressive!!!
trapper  
#9 Posted : Thursday, August 22, 2013 3:41:50 PM(UTC)
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Do you follow Brad Bohen from MCO's on FB? (musky country outfitters)
Ever see "Zero to Hero" DVD?
Going to Musky Fly Fishing Championship in Hayward this Fall?
Going to Musky Ball?

Great Fish!!
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kschaefer3  
#10 Posted : Friday, August 23, 2013 6:39:31 AM(UTC)
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donjuan - I'm lucky I fish with a photographer most the time!ThumpUp

Thanks trap! I follow Brad's blog, but am almost never on FB, so no. And I have seen Zero to Hero...a few times. There are some really cool eats in that video. I had the good fortune of fishing with the musky tribe a few years back. It was my first time ever musky fishing on the fly. They are cool guys and treated me well. I was taken to a secret foot spot where I caught a ~36". My first musky ever. I had fished musky with hardware for 3 years prior and never got one. First weekend of musky on the fly, a fish. Looking back, I couldn't cast worth shit. They probably just felt bad for me so they brought me to a "sure thing" place Laugh .

I just may have to do the Musky Fly Fishing Championship. The flowage is an awesome body of water. Stupid fish eluded me last time I was there. Musky ball is Halloween then, right? May have to just put together a week long trip.

Do you know Brad from his Driftless days?
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