By Ross Nichols
New to the sport or a seasoned veteran, these tips should help improve your game.
1. LEADERS – Use a 3-5 foot leader for trolling depending on water clarity. 130-150 pound test. A 12 inch in wire or fluorocarbon for casting.
2. NET- One with a sizable basket for the muskie in your fishing area. Put some glow tape around the net and place a flashlight on the yoke. When netting in the dark the net and fish will show up. If you are alone, once the fish is in the net, place net in Down East rod holder and attach lanyard
3. RELEASE TOOLS – Have long handle, long nose pliers, vise grips for removing hooks in a fish or for “T” your hooks and a Knipex bolt cutter easily accessible for cutting hooks. You will also need a hook out tool. Tools can be expensive – tie a lanyard with clip to each tool and attach it to you net in order to prevent loss.
4. CAMERA- Have your camera ready for that photo of a lifetime, ensure that battery is charged and be sure to protect it during the cold weather from freezing. Take a release shot in the water.
5. When trolling at last light or night trolling, put a little glow tape around tip of your rod, when the light from your headlight or spot light shines on the tip you will be able see your rod action.