Night Musky Fishing

August 20, 2012 by  
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Night Musky Fishing

By Nick Simonson “Some nights I stay up, cashing in my bad luck; some nights I call it a draw,” is the opening line to the song “Some Nights” by the group Fun.  My wife downloaded their breakout release just before our first of three trips to the lake in as many weeks, and on […]

How to Make Muskie Spinnerbaits

June 13, 2011 by  
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How to Make Muskie Spinnerbaits

Our Outdoors – by Nick Simonson Late last summer while scrounging for replacement lure-making parts, I came across a badly worn muskie spinnerbait which had been reduced to a bare lure head, trailer hook and just one of two blades. Recalling some spare black and red flashabou tucked into my desk drawer back home, I […]

August Muskies

August 30, 2010 by  
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August Muskies

By Nick Simonson I stood at the edge of the dock and sighed as Sunday’s gusty south wind whipped through the pages in my mental calendar. Next weekend is Labor Day with family up north; the next, dove hunting; the one after that, grouse opener, and then bow hunting. Every weekend was filled with events, […]

New Musky Lures

May 18, 2010 by  
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New Musky Lures

Early evidence that three new muskie baits from Northland are living up to all the hype. Bemidji, MN – Their names are unforgettable. Their performances are undeniable. Not too many moons ago Northland Fishing Tackle broke the news about three seriously savage introductions into the muskie marketplace. Finally, the entire collection is now available at […]

Homemade Musky Baits

March 4, 2010 by  
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Homemade Musky Baits

By Nick Simonson Muskie anglers love to throw the biggest, flashiest baits. But in these days of dwindling discretionary income, spinners with oversized blades, magnum flashabou skirts and price tags to match are becoming cost-prohibitive. However, you can produce a bait at home for half as much as you’d pay for popular store models and […]

ACE the New Year

February 13, 2009 by  
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ACE the New Year

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson It sounded like the hardware store jingle as the long-time guide laid out his simple plan for muskie fishing. “ACE is the base for success with muskies – Attitude, Character, Enthusiasm,” he bellowed to those of us in attendance at the banquet. Simply, he summed up what makes a good angler […]

5 Follows

February 13, 2009 by  
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5 Follows

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Just five casts into Saturday morning, I figured the weekend would have one of two outcomes: either bigger muskies would certainly follow the one in my hand, or I just pre-spent my next 995 casts on the 20-incher with the treble of my homemade pink-and-brass bucktail in its mouth. As it […]

Muskie Fishing at Night

February 13, 2009 by  
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Muskie Fishing at Night

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson There’s nothing more primal in our human psyche than fear – or at least a healthy level of cautious respect – for that which we cannot see when the light of day has faded. The haunting cry of a loon at sunset is quickly replaced by the hoot of an owl, […]

Minnesota Musky Fishing

February 13, 2009 by  
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Minnesota Musky Fishing

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Up until last year, the muskellunge was just a footnote in my fishing journals. Between jigging for walleyes, pitching tubes for bass, and waxing a few panfish on the flyrod, there wasn’t much room for another angling pursuit. Sure, I had a muskie rod, but its use had fallen by the […]

Muskie Madness

February 13, 2009 by  
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Muskie Madness

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   Wearing a pair of old glasses, I peered into the choppy surface of the lake. The gray ceiling of clouds reflected in the trough of each ripple, while the weedtops were visible in the water column with each tiny crest. Despite the weaker prescription, I could clearly see the orange […]

Catch and Release 101

Catch and Release 101

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     A dead-weight tug on the end of my line signaled that the largemouth bass under the dock was indeed hungry. I swept the rod back and the four-pound fish rocketed up out of the water. She battled every foot of the way to my hand. I reached down, tweaked […]

Start Practicing Catch & Release

January 31, 2009 by  
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Start Practicing Catch & Release

By Doug Leier When I go fishing, I’m a hook and bobber kind of a guy. While I’ve used downriggers, depth finders and detailed contour maps over the years, they don’t help me much and I’ve always been a low-impact type of angler. While I typically get along with simple tackle for fishing – of […]