This weeks show takes us across the state of Wisconsin, different species of fish, and different methods of landing our catch.
Our first location is on the bay of Green Bay, trolling for muskies. We are out with guide Bret Alexander, and two special guests. Ralph Stayer, and his son Ralph join us for a long day of trolling. Ralph, the owner of Johnsonville Brats, cooks up the perfect the brats for us on this trip.
Bret has us up nice and early for out hunt of a trophy muskie. He tells us that fall fishing for muskies usually only has a very small window of bites. The bite pattern is not always the same time of day, so really putting your time on the water is the only way to go. We do certainly put our time in on this day, and it pays off in the end.
The second leg of our journey takes us to the north woods of Vilas county. We are out with Rob Manthei scouting out spots for ice fishing. We are fishing for walleyes in deep holes, using dead-stick rods with live minnows. The fish are pretty acitve, which means a promising bite when we return for ice fishing.
Muskies Up North
Show Date: November 14th & 15th, 2009
Location: Vilas County, Wisconsin
Guide: Rob Manthei [715-477-2042 | robmanthei.com]
It may be the time of year to head into the woods, but if you want to avoid the crowds it’s a great time to open water fish. In our line of work we fish open water right up until the lakes freeze, giving us a unique chance at a trophy esox. We have the lake to ourselves, and we set up a drift with suckers for muskies. Rob shows us a newly developed way to rig up suckers, that he thought up while he was in Canada this year.
John is casting from the front of the boat, while Rob is in the back managing the sucker lines. John is casting to lure in the muskies so they will hit the suckers. It seems to work, as we find ourselves setting the hook pretty often, and having a great time doing it.
Mississippi in the Fog
Show Date: November 21st & 22nd, 2009
Location: Mississippi River(Pool #4); Red Wing, Minnesota
Host: Everts Resort [evertsfishingresort.com]
Our guide Brett King get us out of bed nice and early for an AM bite on the Mississippi River. We are starting to get a taste of winter, with our entire boat coated in frost, temps in the 20’s, and it is very foggy this morning. Today we are targeting walleye and sauger. Brett needs to have us parked on the spot before the sun comes up to maximize the potential of the AM bite.
Our annual fall muskie trip is anything but ordinary, when the weather feels more like August than November. We’re fishing with a whole slew of friends, Pete Maina of The Next Bite, Rusty Lillyquist of Up North Reality, and Kevin Theisen of Yamaha Motor. We are taking advantage of the nice weather to fish one of our favorite Muskie spots in the Mid-West, Leech Lake in Minnesota. Crank baits and soft plastics are the ticket in this warmer weather, acording to our resident muskie expert, Pete Maina.
Just like any muskie show, we put in our time on the water, and have a great time doing it.