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.

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 Line Thru Pike

Pike and Musky fisherman like to throw big baits.  That’s a given.  Sometimes these fish can be absolutely ravenous, and charge after anything they see in the water.  Sometimes they can be very tentative, and shy away from too much flash, or movement.  When you can gain the edge over that super tentative fish, you will trigger more strikes, and up your landed fish totals.

3D Line Thru Pike

3D Line Thru Pike

The new Savage Gear 3D Pike bait might be just the subtle bait that you are looking for.  With its unique 3D scan of an actual Pike, as well as its Line Thru system, and subtle tail kick, these baits get it done.  Coming in two sizes, 12″ and 8″, you have a bait for each of your applications.

Line Thru Pike 1

Here is a video featuring Savage Gear USA Product Manager Mike Bennett talking about the features and rigging of the Savage Gear 3D Line Thru Pike.

Here are some key features of the 3D Line Thru Pike

• Based on 3D scans of real Pike with detailed fin and facial details for clear water application.
• Line thru design lets the bait slide up the line when the fish is hooked for a higher hook to land ratio.
• Innovative new tail design mimics the swimming action of a real Pike.
• Designed for Pike and Musky fishing

For more information on the Savage Gear 3D Line Thru Pike, please visit http://www.savagegear-usa.com/product/view/lures/line-thru-series/line-thru-pike
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