First ever!

BrentD

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I went crappie fishing today. Again. I've been out about 5 times this year. So far not a single crappie has been seen. Not even one floating dead along the shoreline. In fact, I had not landed a fish until today. Turned out to be my first musky ever. On a crappie jig - which he made into hash.

My fish photography skills are gonna give Big Sky a run for his money.... NOT. But at least I got him released safely and quickly without taking him out of the water. Not sure how the heck one can photo a musky without at least three hands.

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I've got serious work to do to restore my skills after nearly 50 yrs absence from the spin fishing scene.
 

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I went crappie fishing today. Again. I've been out about 5 times this year. So far not a single crappie has been seen. Not even one floating dead along the shoreline. In fact, I had not landed a fish until today. Turned out to be my first musky ever. On a crappie jig - which he made into hash.

My fish photography skills are gonna give Big Sky a run for his money.... NOT. But at least I got him released safely and quickly without taking him out of the water. Not sure how the heck one can photo a musky without at least three hands.

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I've got serious work to do to restore my skills after nearly 50 yrs absence from the spin fishing scene.
The fish of 10,000 casts! Awesome catch! Glad u didn't get caught with any razor teeth. Said it before...nothing I miss more about my home state of PA than muskie fishing in the summers.
 

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Congrats on #1! It can get in your blood.

Not my first ever but my best ever. Also fell to a crappie jig. If you look close enough you can see it in picture. We’ve pulled 2 others through the ice with crappie jigs as well. Nearly as effective as fishing for them on purpose.
 

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Your skills are right on since you got to take a picture of him. Hard to beat a pile of crappie fillets awaiting the frying pan, but that's an impressive fish.
 

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Congrats on #1! It can get in your blood.

Not my first ever but my best ever. Also fell to a crappie jig. If you look close enough you can see it in picture. We’ve pulled 2 others through the ice with crappie jigs as well. Nearly as effective as fishing for them on purpose.
Nice colors on that one!
 

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I couldn't catch a Musky if I tried. Only one I ever caught was on a Walleye rig while jigging on the Wisconsin River. Hell of a fight, and once I got him into the boat, the fight started all over again.
 

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I've recently entered muskie-land and never fished nor seen one in person though looking forward to fishing (difference from "catching") them.

Pretty cool Brent! And holy smokes Thusby and BRoth!
I've caught a 44" pike and that was a beast though that 50" muskie holds the fresh water fear / vision of a tiger shark!
 

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Awesome fish! Funny how stuff like that works. I caught my one and only musky on a 1 oz spoon while waiting for some buddies in another boat to catch up with us. Glad they were running late that day.
 

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Careful! Next thing ya known youll be wanting to catch another! Musky fishing is an addiction to countless hours of boredom🤣. But man when you actually hook up its all forgotten!
 

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I've recently entered muskie-land and never fished nor seen one in person though looking forward to fishing (difference from "catching") them.

Pretty cool Brent! And holy smokes Thusby and BRoth!
I've caught a 44" pike and that was a beast though that 50" muskie holds the fresh water fear / vision of a tiger shark!
If you need any pointers send me a PM.
 

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I couldn't catch a Musky if I tried. Only one I ever caught was on a Walleye rig while jigging on the Wisconsin River. Hell of a fight, and once I got him into the boat, the fight started all over again.
I've had northerns like that. Once had a boated northern thrown a treble into a finger. Then I had a 4# fish hanging off one end of the Lazy Ike and me on the other with a landing net tangled in the mess. Finally unscrewed the hook eyelet and paddled a couple of miles home. Not a great day, but makes for an interesting, and long-lasting memory.
I grew up in Northern MN and musky fished most of my high school years, loved fishing for them but when you loose one of those $20 lures it stings a bit.
Left on is a 41" from Lake of the woods and the right one is a 50 1/2" from a small river system.
Broth82,
I too grew up in Northern Minnesota - looking to go back - but never encountered a musky up there. Never even heard of one up there (Ely area).

I wouldn't mind catching another, but I'm still looking for my first crappie since grad school (late-Pleistocene).
 

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My dad was an avid fisherman who caught all kinds of fish all over North America, but for some reason, this was his favorite picture. It wasn't a great photo, nor was it his biggest, but it was special to him. Was it the fight, the fish, the trip, the day . . . I will never know, but this picture was on his bedside until he passed. This thread brought back memories of Dad on Mother's Day. Thanks for a few tearful but thankful moments.

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