Communication is Key

Posted by MNAngler On October - 27 - 2010

Last Saturday, I got a call from Mark wanting to go fishing Sunday morning. He wanted to meet at 7:30am so when I woke up at 7:10am a bit more groggy than most weekday mornings, I had to drag myself out of bed. We were on the water a little after 8:00am.

Ever since catching my muskie in late October two years ago, I’ve been itching to try fall muskie hunting again. So while Mark lindy rigged for walleye, I pulled out my muskie rod and hooked up a 9″ bulldawg I brought home from my dad’s cabin. After a few casts, Mark said I need to cast a real bulldawg (right). I’m not sure what the difference was except that his was not all orange like mine, and bigger.

Now, if you’re not familiar with muskie lures, you have to understand that throwing lures like these are not unlike trying to toss a refrigerator. A heavy bass lure weighs 1/2 oz. My smaller bulldawg weighs 4 oz. And the one Mark gave me weighed upwards of 8-9 oz. I had planned to only cast for an hour and I could barely make it that long. My arm was dead tired after about 40 minutes. Most muskie hunters cast lures like that for up to 12 hours. I don’t know how they do it.

It turned out it was a mistake to go for muskies first. Because when I switched back to go after bass with my 3/8 oz jig and pig, I couldn’t feel it. On the plus side, I felt like I could cast the thing to the next county, but it didn’t do much good when I couldn’t feel the bottom with it. It took me nearly an hour to get used to tossing bass lures again.

We bounced around to different rock piles til 12:30 and the only fish that made it into the boat was a small perch. Mark felt a few walleyes bite and I got two nibbles on a Texas rigged speed craw, but neither of us could pull anything in.

The worst part is that I got a call from Mark at 4pm Monday afternoon while I was at work. He was out on the same lake and boated a couple of 16 inchers, a few 18 inchers, a 23″, 26″, and 28″. All but the 23″ came before 11am. He said he caught more than 30 walleye in all and missed almost as many. Apparently they were off the rock piles in deeper water. He said he stayed on the rock piles on Sunday for my bassing, but I would have gladly gone where the fish were. I would have switched to lindy rigging in a second if he was slaying them.

I guess we fishing partners are not unlike married couples. Communication is key.

2 Responses to “Communication is Key”

  1. Yea it’s pretty tough to go from a heavy lure and rod to a lighter one. Good post.

    The Average Joe Fisherman

  2. Those stinkin’ muskies can make a guy go insane….


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