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Pete  
#31 Posted : Monday, July 9, 2018 3:25:45 PM(UTC)
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Nice report and congrats on the musky. What a pleasant surprise that had to be. And a great story about controlling the kayak to get to the last possible spot to land him.

And you're right about getting into those lily pad fields with the kayak. It's amazing how much more cooperative fish can be when they're not getting pounded by the bass boat guys all day.
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#32 Posted : Monday, July 9, 2018 5:26:20 PM(UTC)
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Nice report and congrats on the musky. What a pleasant surprise that had to be. And a great story about controlling the kayak to get to the last possible spot to land him.

And you're right about getting into those lily pad fields with the kayak. It's amazing how much more cooperative fish can be when they're not getting pounded by the bass boat guys all day.



Thanks. Was a thrill and a rush for sure.

Just seeing it hanging in that water was so cool and knowing it was actually on my line as I've had follows by big ones before.

Longest fish I've landed by 6 inches on a pike and 15 inches on a brown. Previous best musky was high 20s.


A couple of cars went over the bridge while I was crossing the river with bent rod and paddle in one hand. Wonder if they looked down and saw what was going on and what they thought. Laugh

So many things could have gone differently and turned this into a complete shit-show. had he bolted under the yak midstream, for instance.

Was fun to have to improvise on the fly and for it to work out as I hoped it would and to be physically able to do it as it took some coordination and core strength.


Regarding lily pads…

How nice to creep into them and search out good little spots and wait for the strike.

I fish for bass deep too and often get bigger ones that way, but the top water is too much fun.



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