Musky America Magazine November Edition

Whichever bait you choose, don’t change your fishing strategies, i.e. keep casting whichever baits you think will produce during the particular conditions you are fishing. I like this technique best when bulging bucktails in the fall. I seem to draw an inordinate amount of follows with this technique at this time of the year. I know those fish are hungry and are trying to fatten up for the long winter ahead, but until I began "suckering fish", I often couldn’t get them to strike. You must be alert at all times when using this technique. It is critical that you see the following fish as early in the retrieve as possible because you want to run your lure right past the sucker. You literally want the following Musky to bump its head right into the sucker. You will be amazed how well this technique works. Oftentimes, the Musky will veer right off of your lure and head straight for the sucker. Sometimes, you will not even see the follow and out of nowhere your sucker will get eaten. Even when you cant get the Musky to hit your lure or eat the sucker, you will be amazed as to how long they will stick around and look at the sucker. The key to this technique is that you cannot waste a lot of time messing around with the baited rod. Stick it in a rod holder and leave it alone. Check it periodically to make sure it doesn’t have weeds, but don’t let it detract from your concentration or number of casts you make in a day. In other words, don’t up your odds by having a sucker in the water only to reduce your odds because you aren’t concentrating or not getting in as many casts as usual. This technique works best in the late fall or early spring when water temperatures are cold enough to keep suckers active and alive for a long period of time. If utilized properly, I find that three people fishing per boat will catch about one extra fish per outing. It works so well on my lake that we each take turns for one hour