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Plan For Success
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Plan for success


As a musky guide I am always thinking about musky fishing. In fact I think about it damn near 24/7. Some would probably call that a sickness. I call it the way to success. I’m not a full time guide like I’d like to be, but I have to be responsible with 4 kids and I work for the city. However I have been lucky enough to get out 17 times so far this year and hook into 22 fish.7/1/10 That is 129% lucky, or is it. Well having been a guide you probably have guessed that it isn’t luck. This is success brought on by simple planning for even the smallest trips. I explain this to each of my clients as I have them out on the water. It normally takes all day to explain as we fish, but that is because there are many aspects to it. I will try and think of a few of them for you here.


When I was a kid I used to buy lures to fill my tackle box, and then when I got to the lake they would all take turns being on the end of my line. This happened when ever we got a chance to go fishing. Does this sound familiar? Now I look for lures to fill a certain situation or need. This makes more sense, and believe me you can still end up a lure junky. You just put it all into perspective.


You may ask how do you know what lure to buy? The answer is easy. Look at the situation. What lake or river am I on? Is it clear or dark water? What is the preferred forage on that body of water? What kind of spots am I going to find fish on this body of water and why? Why ask why? This backs up your decision that you are about to make. For instance you may think the fish are in shallow weeds in the morning. Why? Because you are in dark water and the weeds will be producing oxygen right away in the morning. So now I'll ask what weeds are the greenest and how spars are they? This way I know what type of bait I can run through them. If there are perch in this water I may pick out a bright perch pattern in a Suick or manta, and if they are a little more dense I may use a safety pin style spinner bait brought straight through the weeds. If I've been on this lake before I may already know of spots like this that I have caught muskies on before, so I will now devise a plan as to what ones I will hit when and from what angle. I will probably do this quit fast unless we have just had cold front conditions. You get the drift. I think of spots and all sorts of info. like this before I even buy the bait.


Time to fish. You need to ask yourself how much time am I going to have to fish?

Are you a guide and you're taking clients out for a half day or full day? Maybe your taking your family on a trip up north an you want you and Jr. to get a little fishing in each morning. First you need to get maps of all the water you think is worth checking out in the area you are going to. I suggest hot spot maps, as they list some good proven spots on the lakes and river. I would then mark up the map some more for the season that you are going to be there. Then look again at the amount of time you have to fish and time of day and figure out a plan of spots that you will hit and how. Utilize a small area for a short amount of time to fish and a larger area for when you have a lot of time to fish.

You're going to want to pick your time wisely. I try to plan trips by moon phases. And watch the weather as the time gets closer. Remember weather always trumps moon phase.


There could be a lot into this article but I'm going to keep it short and sweet as the Idea I'm trying to get across is to plan, not how to fish. Everyone has their own way of planning ahead. I remember my mom when I was a kid used to always make a long list when we went camping. She then photo copied the list and then made checks through it as we packed. This was a good system. You may do this or may choose another way to plan and organize your fishing trip. The main thing is that you plan ahead, and you will have success.


One more thing to think about here. The back up plan is another thing that you want to think about. Weather, fishing pressure, boat problems, or what ever may occur cannot stop you if you plan for it. You can not fail. So now that you are done reading this you can think of all the other articles that you've read over however many years, and compile all of this into a plan that is full proof. Good luck, I mean good planning! C.P.R.


Muskie Mark

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