1.THE MOON MAN
▶ Sperry says that for him to get revved up about throwing topwaters in summer, both the moon and the sun have to align. “I’m most often fishing topwaters based on moon phases, and I look for the hottest possible weather,” he says. According to Sperry, the days immediately preceding or following a new or full moon will find muskies looking up. Although some anglers are turned off by a full moon, Sperry says those bright nights are just as good as the pitch black of a new moon. Sperry also wants the kind of hot spells that bring high humidity. He prefers fishing from early evening through sunset, because he knows muskies will come into the skinny water to hunt then. “Those big fish will be up shallow, and the only reason is to eat.” He’ll throw over the top and down the edge of weed patches in water ranging from 5 to 12 feet deep, and he says nothing calls them up like a walk-the-dog-style bait. Most of the time he casts a Poe’s Giant Jackpot.