Fall Muskie Fishing, offers up some pleasant surprises!
Georgian Bay for muskies in late October, I managed to catch my two biggest pike ever. Both fish were
caught on the same day; in fact, they were caught from the same spot, and twenty minutes apart! After
trolling most of the day without luck, we decide to try casting after dinner. We pulled up to the first spot
and my partner started casting while I positioned the boat.
We were fishing a large rock flat with small weed patches that dropped off into 50 feet of water, and there
were lots of walleye on the edge in 15 to 30 feet of water. I made my first cast away from the spot into open
water and when my 10 inch Jake was about 15 feet from the boat the first pike struck.
After a short boat side battle it was in the net and I knew it was my biggest pike to date. It was 41 inches,
had a huge girth, and was well over 20 lbs. After a couple quick photos and measurements, the fish was
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first fish coming on a cast away from the spot, I decided to hold the boat
further off the edge, since the fish were deeper than I thought. Now casting towards the spot a few minutes
later, the same 10 inch Jake was hit again.
It was a slightly longer fight and another giant pike was boated. This
second fish was a couple of inches longer than the first and not as fat, but
still well over 20 lbs. This fish was also released. It was quite an evening!