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 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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Savage Gear 3D Manic Shrimp Review

By: Andrew Benak

 

 

Glow Chartreuse

 

I have been using the Savage Gear 3d Shrimp for a while now and with the new review wanted to post a review. These shrimp are the most life-like shrimp I have seen. I detail in the shrimp is superior to any other. Top that with amazing durability and you have the best 3d shrimp on the market.

As I just stated these shrimp are very detailed and it doesn’t just stop with the look. The action of this bait in the water is top notch. A very slow retrieve will allow the feet to dance and when you stop reeling the action in the tail creates a strike to any hungry fish. My technique with this lure is lead the fish, begin with a slowwww retrieve to resemble a swimming/crawling shrimp. If the water is clear I simply continue a slow retrieve. If water is murky and I think the redfish will have a little issue seeing the bait I do a simple rod raise and fall to bring the shrimp up in the water column to provide more action, resulting in a better chance of the redfish seeing the bait.

Durability of this lure is surprising good! The inner netting holds this bait together fish after fish. I still have baits in new condition after weeks of fishing and catching. The plastic material itself is very durable as well. You will eventually get a tear or two in the bait but nothing to hinder the action of the lure.

One more thing about this lure that I really like is the under slot for the hook. I use it to put pro-cure in. I just open it up and fill it with a decent amount of pro-cure and bam! you have the deadliest shrimp bait on the market!

Here is a video of one shrimp getting a good workout for the day! Good luck out there and fish hard!

 

 

To find out more about the Savage Gear TPE Manic Shrimp, please visit http://www.savagegear-usa.com/product/view/lures/shrimp-lures/tpe-manic-shrimp