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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-20-2012, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to get into it...

Hello guys,

I've been looking to get into muskie and pike fishing heavier since I'm off from college and couldn't find a job, was just wondering what type of rod and reel setup i should look into I'm awful with baitcasting rods if theres an alternative to one that would be great, any "starter" baits that I could look into picking up? I got a small 14' jon boat with a trailer that I use, any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

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You can use a very heavy spinning setup, but I would recomend learning to use casting equipment. Spool up your outfit with a good super braid. Most musky guys, myself included, use 65-100 pound braids with 80 being the most common. You will also need some good leaders, not the walmart cheapies. When choosing baits, keep it simple. One or two of the following will handle most situations: bucktails, topwater, and both shallow and deep running cranks. If you can do it, it wouldn't hurt to add a soft plastic swimbait. I hope this helps.

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Thanks I appreciate the information!

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For bait, nothing works better than trolling with a 6-9" trout.
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I sold alot of Ugly Stix Bigwater spinning rods(6'6"/7') to the local musky guys back in the 90's. There wasn't the readily availabe choice that we have now, but the guys seemed to like them. They paired them with a Penn 550/650 SS or one of Shimano's old baitrunner reels.

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Re: Looking to get into it...

1 i wouldn't suggest using trout as bait since its illegal in PA i believe. And 2 make sure you have a net and good release tools most importantly. I use 80 and 100 lbs braid on my rods with 120lb straigt steel leaders i make myself. Bucktails, cranks and a bulldawg will be a good starting place for baits. Also with the temps as hot as they are avoid fishing for them in over 80 degree waters. Fish stress and tend to die easily. Cannot recover from the fight
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Trout are legal to use if legally caught.

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I would just get a storm kickin minnow in trout colors. Less hassle and safer for the musky.

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Trout are legal to use if legally caught.
or bought
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Trout are legal to use if legally caught.
or bought
x2. many use them for stripers at raystown. rather expensive though.
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