Re: No closed season for muskies
Yeah, except joe average is also probably pinning musky jaws shut with his lost lure when he gets bit off (unless its a jig), which could also lead to death, but obviously the guy not targeting muskies can't be faulted for that. I don't particularly like that this fella indicated in the article that even when he fishes specifically for muskies he doesn't "upgrade" his tackle much. I think some people consider it a great accomplishment to land big fish like that on lighter and lighter tackle. And I guess why not, since there are "line class" records that glorify such activity. Most musky guys use heavy tackle/leaders becuase it is better for the fish, not because they feel they couldn't land a big fish on lighter tackle.
My whole point to this post is that it would have been good for the fishery if that fish could have spawned again before it's death, especially since it was taken from an un-stocked musky fishery. With that said, the guys decision to keep it was perfectly legal, and I don't hold a grudge against him for doing it. As long as harvest is permitted this time of year, people can and are going to exercise their right to do so, and probably do so more than makes the papers. Just wish certain waters worthy of spawning protection would get it.
There is always a season!