On top of leading a successful career and raising a loving family, Dave Hebeda still finds time to partake in his numerous hobbies. If it weren’t for his superior time management skills, Dave Hebeda knows he’d never be able to enjoy all of the things he loves in life. But when he’s not spending time with his kids or working as a professional accountant and financial consultant, Dave Hebeda can probably be found playing guitar, playing poker, or fishing. The latter is the focus of today’s blog—more specifically, Muskie fishing.
Dave Hebeda is a Muskie fisherman with plenty of experience and he wants to share some of his beginners Muskie fishing tips with you. These aggressive fish, also known and Muskellunge, are the biggest freshwater predatory fish found in most Northern waters. They have a reputation of being tough fighters and can be exhilarating to catch.
So without further ado, here are some of Dave Hebeda’s top Muskie fishing tips for those new to the sport:
Gear: There is a wide range of gear in the market place today, with Rods and Reels running upwards of $500-$600 each, but for those just starting in the sport look at Garcia C-3 reels and Shimano Compre Rods. Line reels with 80 pound power pro and use steel 125 pound leaders.
Lures: There are an endless number and type of lures available to anglers; bucktails, topwater, jerkbaits, crank baits and it is important to have a variety of each. As the season progresses size does and speed of lures make a difference. Generally colder the water, the slower the presentation. Also, when moving from spring through fall the size of the lures tends to increase. When selecting colors a good rule of thumb is for clear water natural colors and for dark water bright colors.
Mentor: For those new to the sport finding a mentor can be a great way to learn both techniques and new waters that you may want to fish. Each lake is different, and colors and types of lures tend to work better on some waters than others. Look to see if there is a chapter of Muskies, Inc. in your area and go so some of the monthly meetings. Get to know some of the members and possibly get out on the water together. Also, consider hiring a guide on waters that you would like to fish more often, they are a wealth of information that can be used every time out.
Weather: While any day is a good day to be on the water, be mindful of weather pattern changes. Musky tend to be more active around changes in barometric pressure and shifts in wind direction. Also, being wary of changes in weather patterns is important to your safety and those with you.
Musky fishing is a very complex sport that requires taking multiple variables into account. No one article can cover all situations. If you want to learn the sport, there is a lot of trial and error, but getting to know people in the musky community that can answer questions and give you advice can drastically shorten the learning curve. Good luck and see you on the water!