Call this a Tiger Muskie, call it a Barred Muskie, it’s hard for me to decipher which is which. But I do know it is a Muskellunge, I caught it yesterday evening with a spinnerbait. It took some time to reel in, the Tiger Muskie sure put up one hell of a fight. It ended up measuring 37 inches, nothing really huge, but if you checkout the thickness of the fish it does have some girth.
My girlfriend and I caught this muskie along with a few other bass in 6-8 feet of water. When we first got on the lake, we tried in the deep water but didn’t get anything. So I thought to myself why not trying the shallower areas of the lake if the fish aren’t biting in the deep. And what do you know, we had a pretty decent day of fishing. I should say night since all the fish were caught in the evening.
Let this be lesson for beginner fisherman too. Some fisherman are always afraid to try fishing in the shallower areas of the lake, they always think big fish lurk in the deep. So next time you’re out fishing in deep water and the fish aren’t biting, try fishing near the shoreline. You’d be surprised what size fish lurk there. Remember this too, big fish come in the shallows to feed on other little fish, because they know they hide out there. It’s a must to cover all areas of the lake to become a better fisherman!
Now checkout the picture I posted in this article, I kept it in large resolution so you could see the size of the teeth on the Muskellunge. Just couldn’t believe the size of the chompers on the fish. The razor sharp teeth sure make it easy for the fish to tear through flesh.
Shot of one of the largemouth bass we caught yesterday, you can see a odd black spot on the fish. Is this due to pollution? Or is it natural?
We also caught another Muskie as well, but it was a baby Muskellunge. They sure are cute looking at this age and very pretty. Put it back in the water gently and vented the lungs so it can turn into a monster like its parents.