September Musky Tournament Success
By: Craig Sandell © 2010
Each year in
September, my fishing partner Rob Meusec and I fish the Lake
Chippewa Flowage Musky tournament. It is probably the best run
and most enjoyable Musky tournament bar none.
It was the
first day of the tournament and we were both hyped up and ready
for a fish. We were camped out on our first spot, a shoreline
connected bar where we had had success on quite a few occasions.
When 6am arrived, we had our lures in the water and started
slowly cleaning out the bar but without success.
day is 10 hours long with a lunch break and door prize interlude
after 5 hours. After 5 hours of pounding the water without
success, we were both ready for a Brat feed and a little time to
get ready for the afternoon hunt. The afternoon, however, was no
more friendly to our efforts than was the morning. The clear
skies and steady weather made the fishing tough and as the light
got thin, we were happy to see the day end. As we sat beside the
campfire, we discussed the next day’s ‘dance card’. We decided
to start the next day at another place where we had success in
We greeted the
new day with coffee and a microwave breakfast and then headed
down to the boat around 5:30am so that we could be on our spot
when 6:00am rolled around. As we headed out from Indian Trail
Resort, the air was thick with a misty rain. The sky was
overcast and the day certainly presented to promise of some fish
At 6:00am we
started to work the shoreline of a submerged stump field and its
connected subsurface bar. We were both pretty intense and ready
for a fish. After about 40 minutes the excitement of the morning
gave way to the routine of casting our lures in search of an
As I turned to boat to move parallel to a shallow
weedy area of the bar, I heard a gasp from Rob who was casting
from the front of the boat. I turned to see a nice swirl in the
water as a Musky grabbed onto Rob’s bucktail. I quickly reeled
in my lure and grabbed the net in anticipation of bringing in a
nice fish. I could see from the bend in Rob’s rod and the line
being stripped from his reel that this was going to be a fight.
Rob tussled with the fish for about 10 minutes as the fish made
a couple of runs and inspected the bottom of the boat. Finally
the fish came up to the surface and offered himself to the
waiting net. Rob slid the fish toward the net and I made a deep
scoop and the fish was in the bag.
Once in the
net, the lure came out of the fish’s face and hung up in the
net. Rob carefully freed the lure from the net and we were ready
to do a quick measurement and then put him back in the net as
we signaled another boat working the same general area to come over
and witness the fish. It was a healthy 40˝ inch fish and after a
photo or two, it was back in the water and on its way.
A couple of
years ago, I placed 9th in the tournament and this
fish gave Rob 9th place this year. It is always a
great feeling to catch a Musky but the feeling is even better
when you can produce a fish during a tournament that wins a
tournament prize. You can bet that in 2011 Rob and I will be
back on the water trying for another tournament prize.