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by Fishing Guide Mark Saemisch aka "Muskie Mark"

Bait versatility, selection and how to use it all to put more muskies in the boat.
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Bait versatility, selection and how to use it all to put more muskies in the boat.


Often times we get stuck in the rut of feeling good about one bait, because we have caught a few fish on it. Some times when we fish with other people, we even get everyone stuck in the same rut. Some times it's not a bad rut to be stuck in either. I guess if the rut fits, get stuck in it. In musky fishing though, there are many times when we aren't seeing action. Is it because we don't have a good feeding window at the time or maybe we just haven't thrown the right presentation. I believe that there are definitely times when the fishing is better than others, but I also feel that there are tough days and on those days I just need to adapt and overcome. A lot of times I do overcome and those are the days when I only get one fish. Then there are the days when we get skunked. I feel that we are even in the right spot. I know damned well the muskies are there. It's just not happening easy. What we need to take notice of is the difference of the tough days we conquered and the tough days we got our butts handed to us. If you think back to the times you conquered, you probably find that you moved a lure just right or tried something knew. Maybe you did something that you don't even know you did and caught a surprise fish. Man I hate when that happens. No Really! When I catch a fish I want to know why! If you can pinpoint some of what you did different you can maybe do it again another time.


I like to use versatility in lures to help make this happen. Some lures have what I call strike ability. This is that certain something that makes a fish strike. Some baits have a lot of strike ability options. This is what I call strike ability versatility.

One bait like this is my Eat Me Lure. I can make it perform many movements that make fish strike on the way to the boat. Movements like this are ups, downs, slow rise with a tail wiggle. Side to side presentation, or steady out of control wobble and not to mention speed change, but that is on just about any lure. There are lots of rubber baits or baits that have rubber on them that are good at enticing fish to strike. Rubber just adds another realm of strike ability to any lure.


There are also baits that you can fish into many different situations, maybe because they are weedless, or maybe because you can fish them high or low. Maybe they get down fast in current. Maybe They can be cast up and under trees easily. When you can do many of these things with one type of lure, this is called fish ability versatility. One of these types of lures is the good old M and G spinner, in the safety pin style. You can cast it all over. You can keep your rod pointed at it and it will go through and over just about everything. You can slow roll it, sputter the surface and mix it up. You can let it flutter down a drop off. When you bring it through weeds and it breaks through, sometimes that is when you get a strike. So I would say it also has strike ability.


Well now that I have your tongue tied with all the ilities mentioned above, I hope you can cross examine your tackle box and come up with something to pull a fish out of a good spot, during a tough time. Just keep your wheels turning and you won't get in rut. I would also mention that if you have more than one in the boat there's nothing wrong with trying what normally works there, but someone should be trying to show their versatility. Have fun and CPR.


Mark Saemisch

Muskie Marks Guide Service

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