3 Tips For Topwater Muskies

     Sunday morning my buddy JJ from the Madison Musky Addict Guide Service invited me out for some early morning musky fishing.  While wandering around Lake Monona in the dark casting a water chopper we got on the topic of top water technique.  We both rattled off a bunch of different ideas.  That list would have went on forever.  Since I don't have that much time this morning, I thought I'd offer up a few tips to help those of you that are new to the sport of musky fishing.

  • Sharpen Your Hooks-  This should be a no brainer, but we all have that one buddy that never sharpens the hooks on their lures.  Muskies have an extremely hard mouth.  That hard mouth can deflect a dull hook resulting in a lost of missed opportunities heart break.  It only takes a few seconds to run a file over your hook points before you start casting.  Give it a try and you'll be amazed by the results.
  • Look Behind The Lure-  Many times when guiding new clients they're aware that muskies follow, but still miss fish because they don't know how to spot them.  When bringing the lure back to the kayak, shoreline, or even a boat, don't watch the lure.  Watch the water a few feet behind it.  Start watching the water and not the lure and I guarantee you'll see more fish.
  • Sweep The Hook Set-  Once the musky hits your lure don't lift the rod to set the hook, sweep it.  As we said before, the mouth of a musky is really hard.  This isn't bass fishing, lifting the rod won't set a hook on most muskies.  The easiest way to put the hooks into Esox masquinongy is to sweep the rod (with force) across your body.  This will help bury those hooks.  Which normally means more fish make it to the net.
     Give these 3 tips a test run the next time you find yourself out tossing top water lures to the water wolves.  They're some of the basics that many forget to talk about when giving advice on the fish 10,000 casts.  Muskies can be frustrating to even the most experienced anglers.  Nobody has them figured out all the time.  The difference between the novices and greats is in the details.
     Tight Lines.

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