Musky America Magazine January 2023 Edition

BALANCING YOUR TACKLE!!! Craig Sandell © 2011 With all of the items on the market meant to attract the attention of the Musky angler, it is very easy to lose sight of the reason that all of these products are available. The basic credo for Musky tackle is to balance your tackle so that there are no weak links in your configuration. All of the items available in the marketplace are there to provide the Musky angler options. This article will offer you some perspective into balancing your tackle. The reels, line, rods and leaders shown here are used for the purpose of demonstration and are NOT and endorsement of the products. For many Musky anglers the first tackle mystery is what reel to use. Anglers new to Musky fishing sometimes make the mistake of thinking that they can use their bass, crappie or walleye reels when fishing for Musky. Unless the reel you are using is a heavy duty bait casting reel, you will need to go out and invest in a good bait casting reel that has good line capacity. My suggestion would be to make the reel dedicated to your Musky fishing exploits Remember also that if you plan to setup more than one rod you will need more than one musky reel. (Heavy duty spinning reels are OK if you plan to use monofilament line.) The reel should