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by Fishing Guide Mark Saemisch aka "Muskie Mark"

The future musky fishermen and how they’re made.
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Can you remember back to what it was that made you a musky fisherman? I bet if you think hard enough, it would have something to do with the fact that you started fishing. Now that you are a musky fisherman, I would like to pose another question. Have you ever done any thing to help improve your sport? I’m sure you probably have, as I’m not looking for a special answer here. If you have ever released a fish you have done something great. I would like to point out the importance of future musky fishermen. If taught how to fish properly, the people we teach can only benefit the great sport of musky fishing, this being said, then the more the merrier. How ever, if not taught correctly fishermen could do catastrophic damage to many fisheries. This would mean that kids would grow up in areas where they never catch a fish in their life. I’m pretty sure that this happens now especially to inner city kids and even adults. If you care about the future of musky fishing then you care about the future fisherman, what ever they end up fishing for. 

The best time to start anybody off at any thing is when they are young. Muskie fishing might be a little tough to handle at a real young age, so I would start them off with a good old bluegill, perch or something in the pan fish family. Try going to a good farm pond where they can have fun catching a lot of fish. There needs to be plenty of action for most kids to hang in there, so try some shiny ice fishing jigs tipped with a tiny piece of worm or grub. This should help improve the action. I find it works better than the regular old worm on a hook. Still you may find that this might not be enough action to keep their little minds occupied. In cases like this it’s good to bring along something that they are already interested in, like a game, book or if they’re older it’ll probably be a cell phone or I pod. What’s this world coming to? My three year old daughter didn’t hang in there long. Fortunately she got a kick out of having worm races in the bottom of the boat. Now that she is four she has a little more stamina. You may want to consider a kid friendly pole, such as the many Disney character ones that you can find on any Wal-Mart shelves.

Once you have the farm pond thing down, it may be time to take the whole family out in the boat. Before I go any further, PLEASE remember to put a life jacket on your kids, even at the farm pond. Once you have everyone in the boat a good spot would be near some fish cribs. This not only gives you and your family constant action, but bigger fish like to visit these areas for a quick meal from time to time. This leaves Dad or Mom with an opportunity to hook into a nice musky or northern. When you have everyone settled in on the pan fish, start fan casting a buck tail. At one time or another you’re going to hook into one, and when you do you are going to light up the eyes of your boating companions. Guess what they all want to catch some day. I still remember times when we all went out as a family when I was little. The first time I seen a northern that my Dad caught, man that was it. Hey dad can I fish with one of those? Yep you got it I was fishin for the big ones now. Then I hooked my Mother in the big toe with a Bass oreno. Poor Mom I tried to cast three times each time raising her leg up before she could scream, (Erich make him stop!). So add a little caution and watch what is going on when you hand a kid his first treble hook clad lure. By the way if this doesn’t make your kids want to fish right away, all else isn’t lost. Don’t push them into it. At least you showed them. Maybe some day they will change their mind and revert back to what you taught them. This article wasn’t meant to turn everyone into fishermen. It doesn’t hurt to give people the opportunity.

There are a lot of ways to keep those fires lit in your kids when you are not out on the water. Keep fishing magazines around. This will not only help you teach them how to fish but it instills good reading skills. It also doesn’t hurt to watch fishing shows on the TV. Man when I was a kid I had to wait for Saturday to watch Bill Dance. Now days they got the same shows on Saturdays and they also have The Outdoor Channel, and The Sportsman Channel. There are probably more to mention but you get the drift. This is better than letting them watch reality TV any way. There are also plenty of videos out there to. You could also get involved with a local fishing club. This will give you time together doing something constructive to help the sport. You may also learn a few things along the way together, from other club members. I just so happen to be the president of a local club for the counties of Sauk and Juneau. It is called Muskies Matter. If you are interested you may inquire by calling me at the number at the bottom of the article.

Once you have them fueled and they are pretty good at fishing you can keep them fired up all year long by dangling a big fishing trip in front of them. For instance maybe you would go up north or to Canada. Or if that is too expensive you can go to many good places in the area. It isn’t all that bad of an Idea to hire a guide either. Having a guide is worth its weight in gold, even if you don’t catch anything that day due to conditions. He’s still your best bet and will usually work to no end for you. He will at least show you what has been working. Then you can go out and try again with success.

Also if you have someone that is knew to musky fishing, and they have never caught one then it may be a good idea to hand them the rod when you hook one, or spend extra time helping them to understand how to do things. This is not a time to be greedy. For every new person you turn onto this sport correctly. The more you do for the sport.

I also mentioned earlier that for kids you want a kid’s pole. When fishing with anyone who is new to fishing, you need to give them something that is easy for them to use. To some people, using a bait caster comes easy. If you go with a guide he will probably have you throwing a bait caster like you are a pro in no time. However I keep other poles in my boat when I take clients out just in case.

There are a lot more than just kids to take fishing for the first time. You would be surprised at how many people missed out on fishing while growing up. For what ever reasons that they did, help them out. If you can’t find any one to turn into a new fisherman you are not looking hard enough to protect your sport. Because the next person you teach may be the next musky fisherman that is just as compassionate as you are. This person may be a troubled inner city kid, your wife, a friend and his kid or just an acquaintance. In fact I would like to take the time to say if anyone knows of any troubled kids that you think fit the bill, call me 1 608 415 1231. Some people just need something better to do than what they’re doing. I urge any other guides to try and do the same from time to time.

Take a look at local clubs that you know of, or Muskies Inc. What if half of these people never fished in their lives? Muskies Inc. is over 7000 people strong. They have done a lot to help our lakes and rivers and our young people who are interested in fishing. The people that we need to thank for all of this, are the ones that took all of these members fishing for the first time. They are the ones that instilled musky fishing in their hearts. With out these people in these clubs, try to imagine what musky fishing would be like to day. Last I heard, the legendary fish of ten thousand casts has been brought down to roughly three thousand casts. This is for the average person of course. If you are an avid musky fisherman, or guide then this number is brought down considerably more. The number 10000 has literally deteriorated; do to great numbers of people practicing catch and release, heavy stocking efforts and continual education about these fish and our lakes. Each and every person that we can get involved will make it that much greater.

If through the years you take on teaching different people to fish muskies, you have a great duty put upon you to teach them how to properly catch and release. Then also teach the importance of it. Do this even if you think they will never fish muskies again. I usually tell it like this to grown ups. It costs $12.00 for each musky stocked. Out of a thousand fish you may have any where from 6 to 50 percent survive. So splitting the difference each fish costs about $43.00 at age two. Then about 75 percent get thrown back as adults, according to studies done in Ohio. This makes each fish cost $57.00 each and as they keep getting taken out of the lakes the totals keep growing. So to keep a 500 acre lake stocked at one fish per acre, it’s like spending $28000.00 for 500 fish. When taking little kids fishing set a size limit on your crappies, and when they ask why you are throwing those ones back explain that they need to grow up. And this is usually good enough to get them conditioned over the years. The money scenario really works on the grown ups, as I imagine they all have to pay bills. They know the importance of money.

In closing I would like to say that there are many things to teach to make great musky fishermen, to instill a great musky future. Some of these things are boater safety, proper etiquette, and protecting our lakes and rivers from evasive weeds, or pollution. These things go hand in hand with making future musky fishermen. Good luck with yours, and remember to enjoy the moments with a picture.

Mark Saemisch

Musky guide and President of Muskies Matter of Sauk and Juneau.

cell# 1 608 415 1231               

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