The easiest rule to learn about muskies is: they don’t care about the rules. There are definitely “rules” you can follow to increase the odds of getting a muskie to eat. And there are a lot of them. Muskie fisherman are perhaps the most guilty of over analyzing when a fish will eat. Moonrise, moonset, barometric pressure, cold front, warm front, low light, midday, fish deep, fish weeds, fish big, fish small, fish slow, fish fast, etc. If muskies knew these rules, it would make things a heck of a lot easier. Unfortunately, muskies do what they want, when they want. For me, that is one of the biggest draws. I’m sure I’ll never figure them out…and I love that.
On a recent November day, Mark and I headed out on a muskie hunt. The weather looked awful for fishing. Clear blue skies, high barometer, east wind, and bright sun. Its the type of day that screams for you to stay home and get things done around the house. Mark and I hadn’t been out in a few weeks, so we planned to go regardless. The day didn’t start out so great when I realized I forgot my rods. Pretty sure I’ve never done that before. I think I stared at the back of my truck for a few minutes thinking they would materialize. No luck. I informed Mark that I was an idiot, and that I would be back. I remember driving home and thinking this was a sure sign that fishing was going to suck.
Rules, broken. We went from thinking it was going to be a day of casting practice, to one fluke eat, that turned into two eats and one big girl raised. Thats muskie. They don’t eat on days you swear are perfect, and then get active on days it should be terrible. They are stubborn, unpredictable, and moody. Quite a bit like women, actually, and I love them dearly.