Re: Caught my PB muskie today
Way to go Ed! I take it you opted for the local waters over a trip to the Susque or Juniata? Probably a good decision, since things are pretty stained up here. I love stained water in the summer, but I hate it in the winter.
Am I correct to say congrats on your biggest fish? FYI - If your state record is that low, you might want to get a DEC guy on speed dial for the next time you catch a big fishlike that(maybe even that one again), and see if you can get credit for a live released state record. Hard to tell from your pics how fat that particular fish is, but it looks nice. For reference my father-in-law weighed a VERY FAT 44 incher (I'll try to get that pic from him to post soon) last week on his 50 lb bogas at 32lbs. For reference that carp he is weighing in my 5 musky thread only weighed around 22 lbs on the same scales. I have no way to weigh fish on my boat, but I'm estimating the 48 I got last week at 35+. I did weigh one 48 incher years ago at just under 30 lbs in the summer. Fish are at their heaviest this time of year through spring. I know a guy (not my FIL) who weighs a lot of his fish before releasing them for info. His records indicate that in the summer most of the low 40 to 42" fish he catches weigh 18 to 22 lbs.
Sounds like you have a legit shot at catching a record down there. I think catching and releasing a record fish unharmed would be a great achievement and good for our sport to show people that with a little preparation there is a better way than killing the fish. Since our record is over 53lbs, I doubt I have to worry about a fish of those proportions too much. Especially in the flowing rivers that I fish. Maybe a big lake fish or a beast from the slow water of the Allegheny or something in the late winter/spring, but not where I fish most of the time. Keep catching them Ed, and just a thought on trying for a record, please don't feel like I'm pushing you. I know it would probably be a hassle to get someone to a point on the water to weigh, and then you would run the risk of the fish being hurt and people knowing your exact spot. On the plus side, a big girl certified this time of year as a record for your state, may elevate the bar enough to save the lives of many smaller fish killed by guys thinking they may have a record. Plus if you have to have adelayed release this is the best time of the year interms of fish helth and water conditions (temp, O2). It would be nice if someone would put your record at/or above the 40lb mark. That takes a truly proportioned beast to do that, and it needs to be caught during the right time of the year when most guys have left the water for the woods or a comfy couch!
There is always a season!