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Musky tournaments are useful tools that you can use.
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Musky tournaments are useful tools that you can use.


Back when I was a kid, all that I ever wanted to do was fish. My parents owned a bakery in the town of Mauston and they worked many long hours. This place of business gave me good work ethic, but I kept getting drawn to the Lake in back of the bakery. While I wasn't helping my parents, I was being watched over by the Lake and river. Everyday I would come home with fish that I would clean and fry. Then I would often watch TV shows like Babe Winkleman, Roland Martin, Jimmy Houston and the Linder Brothers. These were on Saturdays and as soon as they got done on TV, I would run down to the lake and try my version of what I had just witnessed. Sometimes I would have success and sometimes I wouldn't. Sometimes I would lose my fathers lures in the trees down in the park. As time went on I became a little better and a little better. Back then I was interested in bass fishing and then all of a sudden, the next thing I knew a bunch of guys started a club called Bass Busters. One of those guys was my uncle Al. I looked up to my uncle a lot. He was one of the best bass fishermen I knew. They started having tournaments every Tues. night. Like clock work, all the bass busters met all those times and I learned a lot. My father and I would enter some of the tournaments every now and then when the bakery would let him. Together all the tournaments and other things that the Bass Busters did, helped create a wonderful bass fishery. No body in the club could have done that by themselves. None of them were rich, but five, ten buck a tournament all summer long added up to enough money to do some good fish stocking. These were important times for me, because I learned a lot of valuable things that I owe great thanks to those guys who started the original bass busters.


Well what the hell does all of this have to do with Musky fishing do you ask!!!!? I'm sorry, I'll get right to it. Those days showed me the importance of conservation. We all improved something that we loved, bass fishing. Now that I've been bitten by the musky bug and haven't turned back, I try to utilize the things that I learned then, and apply them to today. The one thing that I learned was teamwork. Raising money to stock muskies is a little harder than raising money to stock bass. At $10.00 a piece muskies are expensive and the sport of musky fishing isn't as popular as bass fishing. I would like to add that musky fishing is coming on pretty strong, while bass fishing seems to be staying the same. I do know that the economy is taking the toll on both. All the little tournaments that we tried in our musky club, had a hard time taking off. We did it for a little bit, but with $20.00 lures and the people living pay check to pay check? It's hard to get everyone to come like clock work. It's just not the old days. People are more apt to try a couple bigger tournaments a year with bigger turn around on the money. This gives people more time to work and something to look forward to. But let's stop right here a second. Most of these tournaments have people thinking all about money and they look at the big pay outs. Some of these tournaments could pay out $10,000. That's a lot of money. But I ask what does it do for the sport? There are plenty of other tournaments that also have good payouts and they help stock fish. What's wrong with winning $5000 and helping to stock a bunch of muskies. This is one way that you can use a musky tournament as a tool to help you catch more fish in the future. The more fish, the better the fishing. So if you are going to get into a tournament this year, make it count for something more than just money. There is enough of that sickness going around in the world right now and it's called greed. This is what makes us look right past important things like life and conservation.


So what if you're not the best fisherman in the world. If you get involved in this kind of teamwork, things will get better. Stop and think here for a min; when all the boats take of at the start of a tournament, you're gonna learn a whole lot of special spots. Pay attention and you will learn things during these events and your knowledge will grow. So now I've just shown you another way you can use a musky tournament as a tool.


Let's say you are a local business man that likes to musky fish. How can this benefit you? Well I'll tell ya. When a tournament is held There is usually some kind of fund raising that goes along with it, like raffles and such. When you have 80 teams and two people on each, you now have a lot of people in one spot and they need prizes. These are good things to donate to and it's good publicity for your business. Wow I think we found another tool.


If you want to help local area business like I do, holding tournaments will bring a bunch of people into the area each year. They come to prefish and then they come for the tournament. When they get hooked on that lake, they then start bringing their family up to the area. Yet another tool. We're gonna need a tool box here.


Here is the last one folks, comradery for like minded people who care about all the things mentioned above. This is great fun for a couple of family members also. All those bass tournaments that me and Dad got into when I was a kid, I wouldn't give back for nothin.


If you would like to know of a couple tournaments that help make a difference, I would suggest two in the Castle Rock, Petenwell Area. Every year Todd Forcier puts on the Petenwell Musky Challenge. I believe this will be the 15th year, and this tournament is a blast. It also has stocked many muskies in Petenwell over the years. Check it out at http://www.forciersguideservice.com/pages/catch-amp-release-petenwell-musky-challenge.php


Another tournament that helps this area is the Castle Rock Rumble. This tournament is put on by Muskies Matter INC. You can find info about this tournament right on this site. There is also a link to Muskies Matter's website found in the links to the left. They are committed to stocking Castle Rock Every year.


So there ya are, here are the tools. Take care of them and remember it takes teamwork. Nobody does these things by themselves. Besides it's a lot of fun working together and seeing the fish put into the water. C.P.R.


Mark Saemisch

President of Muskies Matter Inc.

Owner of Muskie Marks Guide Service

www.muskiemarks.com

1 608 415 1231

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