Musky America Magazine

It was moving on toward 1:00 am and the water was free from the buzz of other boats. I motored up on the Herman’s side of The Sisters and cut my motor about 20 yards out from shore. With the lack of wind, I decided to use my transom rather than my bow mounted trolling motor. This would allow me to set a very slow speed and make a controlled pass along the structure in front of the first two sisters. I put a Best American Globe on my rod and began to cover the area in a methodical half-moon pattern. That kind of solitude and intense focus tends to lull one into an almost hypnotic condition. I was sure that this classic Musky spot held a fish that was going to take advantage of the overcast to ease its hunger. As I reached the end of my slow troll across the face of the first two sisters, I re-positioned the boat for a ‘double hover’. Moving the boat back over water that I had previously fished is a technique that will generally produce a fish if one is active on a spot…Three casts into the double hover, my globe stopped and I set the hook. Hearing was the only sense that was not impeded by the gloom and what I heard told me that I had a nice fish trying to free itself from the hooks of my globe. Now, those of you who have fished at night know that the blackness seems to make everything "larger". As this fish tugged at the line, I could see my rod bowing over. I continued to fight the Musky keeping my line tight and trying to anticipate the direction of the Musky who was still consumed by the blackness of the water.