54-inch Muskie!

Randin Olson

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with moon rise approaching, I headed for an in-side corner that I had seen this fish on numerous times over the season. I had Perfect conditions with the first real cold weather movement of the year on the horizon. With annoying drizzle and high winds, I dropped the trolling motor and started my controlled drift. As I was working the corner, I spotted the fish surface as muskies do and made a cast in the direction of the moving fish. To my surprise, within the first couple cranks of the reel the fish struck with the force of a wrecking ball. With enormous head shakes and my shaking legs I was able to land the fish and the rest well that's history.

Species: Muskellunge

Date Caught: 08/17/2012

Kept / Released: Released

Region of Catch: Region 5

Length: 54"


Lure / Bait used: Lure | 14" long black skirt with silver blades homeade bucktail

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