Score the ul­ti­mate muskie hit

Five muskie pros share their se­crets for hit­ting the ul­ti­mate fresh­wa­ter preda­tors on the sur­face

Outdoor Life - - CONTENTS - by MARK MODOSKI

MUSKIES ARE AL­READY the fish of 10,000 casts, so imag­ine how much cooler it would be if that hit on cast 9,999 came on a gi­ant top­wa­ter lure. If you know when and where to fire a big prop­bait or walk-the-dog dur­ing the dog days of sum­mer, scor­ing what is ar­guably the most im­pres­sive hit in fresh­wa­ter fish­ing is eas­ier than you think. It’s all about un­der­stand­ing which con­di­tions put the odds in your fa­vor, and that can vary from re­gion to re­gion. While other species may slow down dur­ing the hottest months, muskies can ac­tu­ally get more ac­tive, and they need a con­stant in­take of calo­ries be­cause their me­tab­o­lism is at its peak. We tracked down five of the best muskie guides in the coun­try to glean their tips and tricks for top­wa­ter suc­cess. Work their teach­ings into your sum­mer muskie rou­tine and hold on tight.

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