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2012 Muskies

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July 13

The last two weeks have given me some great opportunities to boat a good number of fish!  The water temps are holding strong in the mid 70's and these fish are feeding!  The weather has been very stable and the lunar feeding windows are producing fish.  They are going strong with their summer habits and the fish seem to be everywhere weeds or rocks.  Every trip out is producing a great number of follows with a lot of opportunities to boat fish.  I am very excited especially with how the last few days have looked!  I have boated some nice fish as of late ranging from 34 up to 47 inches and anywhere inbetween.  These fish are from the last four afternoons on the water.  With some nice fish caught comes those nice fish lost over the last week, but when they are biting you know your doing something right!  Good luck everyone! 

-Andrew 

 

 

 

June 24

This season has started off very different than others.  Early ice out and a few warm months had me thinking early muskie bite this season and I was correct.  The phrase "it's always tough to get the first" one has been hanging over me since opening day of June 2!!  The water temp has been holding anywhere from the upper 60's to low 70's the last few weeks depending on the amount of rain and cold fronts that move through.  I spent a lot of time early on fishing the rocks with different presentations trying to find something consistent.  It seemed I was only getting action in spurts here and there but did have my opportunities.  I had three nice fish hooked on rubber over the last two weeks that sadly all popped off.  That is just how it goes some days in the muskie world and you need to turn those bites into positive thinking.  Coming into this weekend my goal was to get a few fish to bite and turn my luck.  The rocks were quiet friday so I finally turned my thoughts towards the weeds.  I had a great weekend with my dad and brother bouncing back and forth from rocks to weeds.  The majority of the action came from bucktails and topwater with rubber popping up here and there.  We boated one 47" fish lost one and had another 13 follows.  In my books that is a pretty good two days for June.  Changing up the game plan came through big and opened up many new opportunities for the rest of the season.  As the water warms and the fishing picks up over the next couple weeks I will have more detailed reports and hopefully many more pictures!

-Andrew      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 18

After a three day stretch with four nice fish I continued my efforts to try to keep putting the fish in the boat.  Sunday through today I did just that!  The water is still holding very warm and the weather staying consistent which seems to keep this good bite going!  I fished sunday and the next couple days after work and managed to boat nice fish along with a ton of follows and a some other strikes.  My buddy got his first musky on a topwater after dark on an awesome boatside strike!!  Let's hope the fishing stays this hot for the rest of the summer and good luck to all.

-Andrew 

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July 29

With a couple days off I got back up for the weekend and spent some fishing alone and one night with my dad out on the water.  The water temp was still in the upper 70's and the weather had been pretty consistent.  The lake had gone through on algae bloom which stained the water a greenish color.  This change in water clarity seemed to affect the fishing to a point.  I saw a few less follows that weekend than the last week but yet we managed to still boat a few nice muskies!!  I was fortunate enough to take out my girlfriend, her brother, and her sister for an afternoon muskie and northern chase!  We had a great time and they got to see a few very nice muskie follows along with a great topwater strike from a 32inch northern!  It was really cool to see those kids have a fun time and get a chance at some nice fish!   

-Andrew

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Aug 4 Vermilion Muskie Tournament

The day had finally come for the Lake Vermilion Muskie Tournament.  This was the fourth year my dad and I had fished it and we were going into it feeling pretty confident we could boat a few fish.  The weather forecast showed rain and rain it did!!  We had pouring rain in sessions followed by some sprinkles and then more rain all morning.  That sure didn't seem to affect the fish because they seemed to be on the feed for us.  Unfortunately we lost the first two fish we had on one being in the upper 40's.  Our luck turned at 9:15a.m. when my dad hooked a big 48" at the boat on his first turn of his circle!!  We were very excited and that took a lot pressure off for the rest of the day.  As the afternoon came around the weather blew through and the sun came out.  We had seen a good number of fish throughout the day so we kept on plugging away for another one.  At 3p.m.my long cast of a bucktail was drilled as it hit the water and I hooked into a 47" muskie that found his way into the net before shaking the hooks free.  What a great feeling that was!!!  My dad's fish took 2nd place for his third year in a row and my fish came in 4th place.  27 boats in the tournament with 54 guys casting we had a pretty good day!  Another one in the books just shy of 1st place but hey i'm not complaining and there is always next year!  Good luck everyone!

-Andrew

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Aug 9  -A Night to Remember!

 

All I can say about last night is that it was awesome!  With a bit of a cold front blowing through I was not sure what to expect last night when I headed up to the cabin to fish with my dad.  The water temp was 73 degrees, down a couple from the night before when I had boated a nice fish.  There was that fall chill in the air last night.  It didn't take long though and the battle was on when my dad hooked into a nice fish with new double cowgirl!  Some good pictures and we kept going.  A few follows kept our confidence up when another fish shot up by the boat and drilled his lure an hour later!  Two in the boat for my dad Bob and he was on a roll!  The wind started to calm and it really turned into a nice night.  We neared sunset and then our first look at dark when I heard a grunt from him and a huge splash!  I dropped my rod and scooped the giant within in seconds!  Unbelievable way to end our special night out there.  A measurment of 47 and a quarter inches put huge smiles on our faces.  I've waited a long time to see my dad get an opportunity like last night and I couldn't have been any happier!  Thanks for the awesome night dad love ya!

-Andrew 

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Aug 11 Awesome Guide Day

After an awesome thursday night last week I had some high hopes heading into the weekend.  I had a guiding trip with Gary and Jake Dass from the twin-cities coming up saturday for a day of muskie hunting.  The morning started off slow until the water exploded and Jake caught a very nice 37" muskie, his first!!  It was not much later when a 36 and a half incher nailed Gary's bucktail at the boat and all the sudden we had two fish in an hour!  Man we were excited!  We met up again after lunch for the afternoon and it didn't take long for Jake's topwater to explode in the jaws of a 43 incher!  Just as the fish spit the lure I managed to get a net under him and his second fish of the day was a beauty!  We had a very awesome day and a fun time at that!  Thanks for coming out to fish guys!

-Andrew 

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Aug 11  Night Hunt

After a great day of guiding, I headed out for a night fishing session with my dad.  Now he had a three fish night last thursday remember, so I didn't feel guilty telling him I was due for a fish now!!  With quite a few fisherman out he convinced me to head the other direction that night and man did he make the right call!  It had been dark an hour or so as I tossed my topraider far into the shallows of a rocky reef when the water just exploded!  I hammered back the rod and my dad grabbed the net as our lights went on he scooped up the big fish!!  What an awesome way to end the perfect day catching a big 49" muskie with my dad!   

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Aug 13 

The alarm went off at 5:30a.m. as I rolled out a bed and woke up my buddy Kylor and brother Louie.  We were heading out to try the morning bite.  The water temp was 72 degrees with a slight wind and the sun coming up over the trees.  What a beautiful morning for some big fish and some big fish we found!!  We put in a six hour day casting and trolling and boated four very nice fish!  It started off with my buddies 48" pig followed by my brothers 42" boatside eater and my giant 50" muskie that I have been waiting for all season!  Man did he eat my giant bucktail!  We topped the day off with a 40" muskie and one of my best six hours I have ever had on the water!  What an unbelievable time!  Good luck everyone!

-Andrew

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Aug 16  Wind Blown Muskies

The rain came down hard last night and a little front is in the process of blowing through.  The temp is only to reach mid 60's today but I headed up to Vermilion for a few hours this morning.  The water temp had dropped to between 68 and 71 degrees so I was not sure of what to expect.  There was a steady mist and rain all morning with 15-20mph west winds.  I started throwing a bucktail then some rubber and put in a four hour shift of casting.  As I pulled into my dock at noon I was disappointed to have no pictures to show.  I did however have a lot of action.  I raised ten fish this morning including six over 45".  I had a few eaters that missed my lure and a low 40 inch fish hooked that got off instantly.  It just was one of those off days but it's something to learn from.  First off, when you fish days with that crappy of weather you have no other fishing pressure!!  That is a huge advantage so don't be afraid to head out in rough winds and rain when nobody else will!  Second, after a few nice calmer days a lot of times a big wind puts those muskies right where you think they will be ( weed lines, rock points of reefs, etc..) and they get active!  Third, when you do go out on days like today keep in mind BOAT CONTROL!  Do not get blown too close to the reef or weed line or whatever it may be.  And finally don't get frustrated.  Your going to get wet and its always tougher casting but keep your confidence up and stay focused!  Few tips to boat more fish in rough winds, good luck everyone.

-Andrew  

Aug. 31-Sept. 2  Birthday Weekend

I left college at UND in Grand Forks, ND to come home for the weekend after my 21st birthday.  I couldn't wait to get back at the muskies after two weeks of being gone!!  The water temps had started to drop due to the low temps at night but that sure did not stop these fish from eating that weekend!  The fish really seemed to take interest in rubber and jerk baits opposed to topwater and bucktails like it had been a couple weeks before.  My dad and I fished the "Blue Moon" Friday night, and man was it bright out.  We boated three fish one being a 46 1/2" pig!  It was bright enough to see follows between 11p.m. and midnight and that fish ate on my sixth circle right at the boat!  It was awesome!  The midday bite was better saturday and sunday than low light periods but we got fish at all times it seemed like.  In all we boated 7 and saw a lot of giant fish that weekend!  I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present!  Good luck everyone!

-Andrew      

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46 1/2 pig! Blue Moon boatside 10:45p.m.

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46 3/4 second nice fish! 11:30p.m.

Bob's 39" 10:15p.m.

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Sept. 16 Seasons End

I had a great run this season and a lot of fun!  It's sad to say but my muskie season has come to its end for 2012.  We boated a lot of nice fish this year and I got to have some very special times out on the water with my dad and brother along with another great Vermilion Muskie Tournament outing. I will continue my time at UND, ND with my studies and some great waterfowl hunting the rest of this fall!  I plan to include some video footage of big muskies next season thanks to the new GOPRO video camera!  Thanks to my 2012 clients and everyone giving interest in my direction!  Good luck to everyone through the fall season and see you next year!!

Thanks Andrew 


Nov. 28

Man it seems like it was just yesterday I was out on the water casting for giant muskies on Vermilion!  Time sure flys by out at school.  Fall has already come and gone with another good deer season in the books and ice fishing right around the corner!  For those of you with muskies on your mind I know how ya feel. Only six months left to wait till season comes back around up north!  I try to pass my muskie time by reading magazines like Muskie Hunter and going over notes from last season.  Musky Tackle Online is having a 10% off sale right now and the prices on there are unbeatable!!  I just put in a small order last night and look forward to the new tackle coming out for 2013.  Lets grind out this winter together and hopefully season comes aroud quick.  See everyone on the water next June have a good winter.

-Andrew