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Merwin Muskies
« on: October 21, 2020, 04:54:04 PM »
Anyone ever fish for tiger musky in Merwin reservoir? Did it this past weekend no bites but three "follows" in the beautiful clear water. Was a blast. The last follow had my friend going nuts he said it was certainly a "keeper" which I learned has to be above 50 inches. Never caught one but I think I'm hooked. My buddy has gotten way into it and I wouldn't be surprised if he catches a state record in the future. He has three or so that were between 34-36 pounds.

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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2020, 06:44:40 PM »
I have done this once as had it on my list to get back to ever since. Very cool fish!
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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2020, 04:31:27 AM »
I haven’t. Seen them cruz the shoreline a time or two. Not real big 2’-3’ cool fish for sure.
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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2020, 06:10:17 AM »
I have caught muskies.  but not a Merwin.  Just know they have really bad eye site.  If you are getting a follow move your lure in what most call a figure 8 before you bring your gear in the boat.  A lot of hook ups happen right close to the boat.

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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2020, 09:57:58 AM »
They are also called the fish of 1000 casts. 

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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2020, 12:56:12 PM »
They are also called the fish of 1000 casts. 

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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2020, 01:05:53 PM »
The state has been stocking sterile Tigers in lakes that have an over abundance of stunted fish in order to weed them out

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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2020, 04:24:09 PM »
They are also called the fish of 1000 casts. 

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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2020, 04:50:15 PM »
Never fished for Muskies out of Merwin, but they are in Mayfield right off HWY 12 at Mayfield, an hour+ closer than Merwin for you.
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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2020, 04:54:49 PM »
I've watched some videos of musky fishermen and I can solidly say there are no more dedicated anglers that I have ever seen.  They fish tons of hours, some during the night and if they get 1 fish a weekend it's a huge success.  If I caught 1 fish for every 20 hours of fishing, I would sell my boat.  Now that I think about it, maybe I should not add up the hours and compare that to my punch cards.

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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2020, 05:06:29 PM »
I've watched some videos of musky fishermen and I can solidly say there are no more dedicated anglers that I have ever seen.  They fish tons of hours, some during the night and if they get 1 fish a weekend it's a huge success.  If I caught 1 fish for every 20 hours of fishing, I would sell my boat.  Now that I think about it, maybe I should not add up the hours and compare that to my punch cards.

Steelhead fishing comes to mind, LOL
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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2020, 05:22:03 PM »
I haven’t. Seen them cruz the shoreline a time or two. Not real big 2’-3’ cool fish for sure.

Cool the only ones I could spot were pretty decent sized but I am just getting the hang of it so the larger ones were easier to see. I think we were on the south side of the lake (could be wrong) near a bunch of homes in some shallows and saw an absolute brute in about four feet of water. I think it was at least 36"

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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2020, 05:23:55 PM »
I have caught muskies.  but not a Merwin.  Just know they have really bad eye site.  If you are getting a follow move your lure in what most call a figure 8 before you bring your gear in the boat.  A lot of hook ups happen right close to the boat.

Right on didn't know about the eye sight. My friends showed me that figure eight thing you mentioned he's caught a handful just like that as you said. he told me do it every single cast. There's a definite technique to it as well I learned still working on the fluidity

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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2020, 05:24:38 PM »
They are also called the fish of 1000 casts. 

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Must be true. Kinda like wild steel head. I think I fished for three years and perhaps a few thousand casts before I caught a wild one

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Re: Merwin Muskies
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2020, 05:25:21 PM »
The state has been stocking sterile Tigers in lakes that have an over abundance of stunted fish in order to weed them out

Right. A guy we talked on the lake said the sucker fish took over and that was one of the reasons for the introduction.

 


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