Musky; The Fish of 12,837 Days with Matt Breuer

Nice Musky from Matt Breuer

THE FISH OF 12,837 DAYS

by Matthew Breuer

Written for Angling Buzz

As a fishing guide, a lifetime angler and a fishing promoter, I pride myself in being able to say that I’ve caught this fish or that fish, the one fish was blah-blah pounds, while the other was blah-blah inches long. I caught a limit of that species in 10 minutes once. 6 fish on 6 casts another time. You get the idea — stupid ego stuff that means nothing to anyone, aside from a child. They’re easily impressed, and believe that anything is cool if you tell the story with enough enthusiasm. Well, what if I told you that it took me 12,837 days to catch my first muskie while actually targeting them?

MY SOB STORY

To be fair, I’ve caught quite a few muskies. I’ve also landed more than my fair share for clients, and watched more muskies come off or break lines than I can count while guiding or fishing. They love eating small walleyes or perch that are being skimmed across the top while pulling crankbaits. I’ve caught muskies on small crankbaits, I’ve caught them on jigs and shiners, caught them on bouncers and blades with a crawler, caught one on a perch while ice fishing, 3 on walleyes while reeling them in, 1 on a small largemouth bass, 1 on a spinnerbait used while bass fishing, snagged one, and caught roughly 5-6 on crappies that I had hooked on the lake my parents lived on until their retirement. These fish all had one thing in common. None of them were caught while actually targeting them.

The story isn’t that depressing, as I was able to catch a 51.5” fish on 6lb. test while pitching jigs for walleyes. Very cool moment. But to spend half a lifetime without being able to put a muskie in the boat for myself on muskie gear was beginning to feel like a monkey on my back. I was tired of netting them for other people, and wanted to feel what they felt..
2016 was going to be my year. That was my only goal in fishing for the year.

 

Musky Caught on a Savage Gear Swimbait

MAKING IT HAPPEN

This summer has been like many others here in northern MN. Extremely busy. I’ve hardly had time to hang out with my kids, let alone find time to get out muskie fishing. When a call came in from Okuma/Savage Gear/Waterwolf asking if I’d be willing to take Mads Grosell muskie fishing, a big yes went to the mastermind behind Savage Gear and their ultra-realistic baits. Mads and Mike Bennett from Savage gear, along with Chad Sandstrom from Team Okuma Midwest arrived in Bemidji, and before we knew it every bait they wanted to test was tested, and we had raised 7 muskies, got Mads his first ever muskie, and caught an 8lb. walleye to boot. I decided right then and there that I was going to put in the time, and work the new baits over, and get myself a muskie.

I knew I’d need help and motivation, so I looked to my wife and one of my best friends. My wife; who is always begging to go muskie fishing would provide the motivation, and Brian Jones, owner of First Choice Guide Service in Cass Lake, MN, to provide the location, boat skills, and comradery.
The first trip out yielded a nice fish for Brian, several other follows, and I lost a nice fish that surfaced and shook my bucktail. It was a heartbreaking moment that dug at me for weeks. Our second adventure provided less action, but I was able to connect. I was tossing the new 12” Line-Thru SS Trout from Savage Gear, and was determined to catch a fish on it. About halfway through our evening, I was hooked up. I watched the bait slide away from the fish and the hooks, just like it was meant to. A fun tussle, a pile of adrenaline, and a perfect hoop job and we had my first intentional muskie in the boat. Lots of high fives ensued, hugs were given, and a monkey was peeled from my back. It was a great moment, shared with two of my favorite people.

Musky from North Country Guide Service

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS

I’m unsure where the fisherman’s tale of muskies being the fish of 10,000 casts came from, but in my research and experience, I think that it’s part fiction, and part science. I’ve never heard of someone actually counting, and actually hooking one on their 10,000th cast. I have, however, watched a client cast once, troll 200 yards, and then hold up his first muskie. I also have a very good friend who is averaging a muskie every 3-4 hours this season. Muskie numbers are on the rise, the number of muskie anglers is on the rise, and technology is helping anglers cut the curve by a long ways. Some baits are so realistic that I want to fillet them and deep fry them. It’s easier now is my point… for some…

After I finally caught my first, I really thought hard about the amount of time I’ve actually spent chasing the elusive esox masquinongy. I figured that I’ve fished for muskies about 37 times. I spent an average of 4.5 hours on the water. If I averaged out burning bucktails and casting pounders or jerk-baits, I figured that I casted roughly 55 times per hour. That accounts for small breaks for water, stretching, whining about my back pain, cussing at muskies that followed and didn’t eat, and moving from spot-to-spot. If you’re any good at math, you’d realize that I was pretty close to being the guy from the age-old tale. A guy who casted 10,000 times… almost. I beat the odds. It took me roughly 9,157 casts to catch my first “on purpose” muskie.
My wife has one muskie trip under her belt, and is next in line to scratch the itch. She was along when I caught my first, and I hope to put her on her first in a much shorter period of time than it took me. I also hope that I don’t have to wait another 9,157 casts until my next fish. If I do, I guess whoever came up with the old tale about muskies being the fish of 10,000 casts will be close once more.
Matthew Breuer
Northcountry Guide Service

Savage Gear Line Thru Musky Bait

Savage Gear’s Award Winning Hard Bait for ICAST 2016-The 3D Suicide Duck

Suicide DuckOur new innovative Duck lure has been causing a stir in the pond and in the fishing industry. It won “Best of Show” at the ICAST industry show in Orlando Florida for the hard lure category this past week. This will be our third year winning a “Best of Show” award at the annual ICAST show, we are calling it our “3-peat” of the previous years.
Our 3D Suicide Duck will be great for hungry pike, musky and bass looking for a fluffy and easy snack. It has spinning webbed feet that mimic a fleeing duck when attached to the line. This spinning action creates a bubbling trail behind the duck, the lure can be fished fast or slow for a different effect. They are rigged with both top and bottom hook configuration so anglers can customize the bait for any fishing situation.duck

Check out the 3D Duck in action in this ICAST 2016 clip from Tackle Warehouse.

 

It is the first of its kind in our Savage Gear product lineup but we are always looking to broaden our horizons with our new products so be sure to look for our new product additions such as the 3D Rad Rat and the 3D Burbot this fall on our site www.savagegear-usa.com. The new 3D Ducks will be available for sale around September, check your local retailer for arrival dates.

Savage Gear 3D Rad (Rat) Offers A Substantial Meal

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Truly big fish don’t live on tiny minnows and bugs. To fuel a need for big calories, trophy bass, musky, pike and brown trout target meals with substance, that make the exertion necessary to kill the prey worth the effort. To truly big fish, rats and field mice are a special treat, and the all-new Savage Gear 3D Rad delivers the perfect illusion.

The 3D Rad is based upon a 3-dimensional scan of an actual rat for true-to-life detail.  The body of the bait features dual joints to swim with supreme realism. Front legs are also jointed, breaking up the rigidity of the bait and furthering an incredibly natural look. Two line tie positions offer differing presentations. Connected to the upper line tie, the 3D Rad swims just subsurface, body fully immersed, offering a strong visual presence. Connected to the lower line tie, the bait rides higher, on the surface, putting off an amazing wake while swimming with a fluid, lifelike action.

The 3D Rad comes in two sizes and four colors for all locations and conditions.  Length of 7.75” and 11.75” include the length of the tail. Both sizes include options for hook locations.  In addition to belly placements, an optional hook location is available on the back of the 11.75” size so this bait can be rigged to fish over matted vegetation or other surface structure. Finish options include White, Brown, Gray and Black to match available live mammals or create attention-grabbing contrast.

Each bait includes one body and two tails. Due to the violence with which fish strike the 3D Rad, repair kits are available for each size (sold separately).  Each repair kit includes one tail, one set ears, one set arms and one set legs.

Savage Gear 3D Rad

Twin joints and two pull positions give this rat an action like no other.

2-Inch TPE Crab Adds Perfect Middle Size

A fishing industry Best of Show award winner in 2014, the Savage Gear Crab family has been expanded with a new 2-inch size that fits between current 1- and 3-inch models to perfectly match prevalent bait size. Tarpon, redfish and bottom fish anglers now have an exacting artificial in fisheries where crab dominate the bite.

TPE Crab

With blue crab (shown) and peeler crab colors, the TPE Crab is ultra-relaistic in form , action and finish.

The Savage Gear TPE Crab is constructed from Thermo Plastic Elastomer (TPE) material. In comparison to standard PVC models, these baits are ultra-tough, standing up to large predators through many battles. TPE material also allows for refined finishes that come together with 3-dimensional scanning to create a world-class imitation.

Pre-rigged on a textured stand-up jig head and featuring air-filled claws, the TPE crab offers a defensive posture and true-to-life action that completes the ultimate illusion. Available finishes include

The TPE Crab should be stored separately, never in contact with PVC to avoid reactions between the two materials.

Savage Gear Pushes Trophy Fish Over The Edge With New Suicide Duck

Each Spring, a new crop of ducklings hatches across North American ponds, lakes and big rivers. In their early days, these young are an easy meal for big bass, musky and pike. The new Savage Gear Suicide Duck mimics a distressed hatchling that’s been separated from the brood, offering an easy meal, and generating explosive strikes from the largest fish.

Suicide Duck

With two sizes and three colors, the Suicide Duck delivers amazing topwater action and majorly impressive strikes.

The Suicide Duck is a dual prop topwater bait available in two sizes, 4.25” (1oz.) and 6” (2.75oz.) and three colors, Yellow Duck, Wood Duck and Black Bird. This hard body bait fishes on a straight wind, or a pull and pause retrieve, with spinning feet throwing water in all directions to pull fish from great distances. The body sits low in the water with an outstretched head position, exactly like ducks that are trying to hide from predators.

The Suicide Duck comes rigged with two hook positions, one on the back, the other under the front of the body. Either can be removed to customize the bait for any fishing situation.

Winner of three awards at the European EFFTX show, the new Savage Gear Suicide Duck gives big fish anglers something truly different to excite trophy fish.

Savage Gear 3D PVC Mayfly Nymph A Tactical Solution

On the same bodies of water, fly anglers focus their technique on aquatic insects, while lure anglers focus predominantly on baitfish imitations and crustaceans. Both angler groups can experience great success in the proper periods. Offering a critical insect imitation to lure anglers, Savage Gear has introduced the all-new 3D PVC Mayfly Nymph.

3D PVC Mayfly

Aquatic insects are a key forage items for bass, trout, walleye and panfish.

Mayfly Nymphs emerge in the spring, offering an easily-hunted and protein-laden meal for all freshwater game fish like panfish, trout, bass, walleye and steelhead. The Savage Gear PVC Mayfly Nymph was created utilizing 3-dimensionsal scanning of real nymphs for ultimate realism. Two sizes, including 2- and 2.5” lengths feature life-like antennae, legs and segmented tails that deliver exceptional swimming action.

The 3D PVC Mayfly Nymph are easily and successfully rigged on light jig heads, split shot and drop shot rigs. Under an active retrieve the segmented body delivers an active swimming action. On the pause, legs and antennae undulate, completing the perfect illusion.

Five finishes include Black and Brown for natural imitations, and White Sparkle, Chartreuse Sparkle and Bubble Gum pink for attractor patterns.

New Line Thru 3D Shad A Big Bait That Bites Back

Shad are a foundational baitfish across bass, striper, musky and pike fisheries. While many rely upon small crankbaits to represent juvenile shad, anglers targeting trophy fish look to imitate full-sized adult shad to draw what could be their strike of a lifetime. The new Savage Gear 3D Shad combines state-of-the-art 3-dimensional scanning and Savage Gear’s ultra-realistic swimming action in 7- and 10-inch baits to target the largest fish.

Big stripers, musky and pike look to mature shad for sizeable meals.

Big stripers, musky and pike look to mature shad for meaningful meals.

The Savage Gear 3D Shad overcomes the largest obstacle when fishing large baits; big fish leveraging against the bait to pull hooks.  This is the first line-thru bait to feature a hanging treble hook harness option.  When a fish is hooked, the hook harness separates from the bait, minimizing damage to the lure and preventing the fish from using the size and weight of the bait to free itself from the hook.

The 3D Shad is available in 7- and 10-inch sizes and three colors: Gizzard Shad, Hitch and Golden Shiner.  Each bait begins with an internal nylon mesh to strengthen joint sections. The 3D Shad body features two joints to deliver the amazing true-to-life swimming action Savage Gear is known for.

Savage Gear 3D Burbot A Must-Have For Musky/Pike

Northern tier anglers immediately recognize the Burbot (aka Eelpout) as a favorite prey of musky and pike. The first of its kind, the all-new Savage Gear 3D Burbot originates from a 3-dimensional scan of a real Burbot, delivering amazing, true-to-life detail.

Savage Gear Burbot

The Burbot is a favorite prey item of musky and pike. The Savage Gear Burbot delivers a step above in realism.

The 3D Burbot is available in three sizes to fit all fishing situations, all season long. Models include a 10-inch, 3-ounce bait, 14-inch, 8-ounce and magnum 19-inch, 14-ounce bait. The Burbot is rigged with premium twin treble hooks on the belly of the bait.

A key design feature of the Savage Gear 3D Burbot is the Hybrid Line Thru Release System.  The hook harness releases from the body of the bait when a fish is hooked. Through the fight, the body of the bait swings free of the hook harness, both dramatically reducing damage to the lure body, and dramatically increasing hook-to-land ratio.

Six finishes include Black/Orange, Cisco, Fire Tiger, Golden Ambulance, Walleye and Magic Motor Oil. In addition to exceptional fin and body detail, all sizes of the 3D Burbot include a molded-in glass rattle in the tail of the bait.

Savage Gear 3D Bluegill Is Big Fish Candy

Wherever bluegill are present, they are heavily targeted by bass, pike, musky and a multitude of gamefish.  Based on a 3-dimensional scan of actual bluegill and featuring true-to-life Savage Gear swimbait action, the 3D Bluegill swimbait blurs the line between live bait and artificial like no previous lure has ever accomplished.

Savage Gear Bluegill

The Savage Gear Bluegill is perfect imitation of the live fish. Two sizes include a 5-inch rigged and 6-inch line-thru models.

The exceptional design of the 3D Bluegill becomes very apparent on the water. The action is extremely stable, delivering a wide, rhythmic swimming action on a slow retrieve. Then, the lure can be burned, tightening up the action, but not rolling over. On a hard pause, the 3D Bluegill kicks sideways and coasts to a stop, remaining perfectly vertical.

The 3D Bluegill is available in two sizes and four colors. The 5-inch length is rigged with fixed hooks. The 6-inch 3D Bluegill features line-thru rigging with available top or bottom hook positions. Both sizes are available in the angler’s choice of floating or sinking, and four colors that include Light Gill, Dark, Gill, Redear and Citrus Gill.

 

Savage Gear TPE Fly Shrimp

The TPE Fly shrimp is based on the 3D scan of a small shrimp and has incredible details even for its small size.  The Shrimp were designed as a saltwater bait, but have quickly taken off as a great go to freshwater bait.  With the incredible micro movement of the legs and antenna, the Fly Shrimp entice even the most finicky of bass around docks.

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The TPE material is very durable and elastic and can even be used on the fly rod. On the offset wide gape hook it can be rigged both forward and backwards and it can also be rigged on a small jig head the same way. The Body itself can be mounted and glued on top of a partial shrimp fly to create even more micro movement and profile.


TPE FLY SHRIMP FEATURES
• Can be rigged forward or backwards.
• TPE construction for ultimate durability. (Do not store with other soft plastics)
• Heavy micro movement on antennae and legs on the fall or on pauses.
• Great for popping cork, fly fishing, or ultra-light fishing.
• Ultra sharp tournament offset hook with weighted egg sack.

For more information on the Savage Gear 3D TPE Fly Shrimp, please visit http://www.savagegear-usa.com/product/view/lures/shrimp-lures/tpe-fly-shrimp
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