Musky America Magazine

We worked a large weed bed on Cranberry Bar for about 40 minutes without success. I was beginning to get impatient to get out of the slop and to go fish some "easier" water. We only had one more small section of the weed mass to cover, so I clenched my teeth and kept pitching the Surf-Oreno into the open areas of the slop, hoping against hope to entice a Muskie. My retrieves were beginning to become routine when the water flashed green behind the Surf-Oreno. First a splash and then a tug and then it was hook set time. I pulled back on the rod and the Muskie at the lure end began to foam the shallow water in a vain attempt to expel the lure from his face. A jump or two and a thrash of the head and he was at the boat…a little green but positioned for the net that Randy had waiting for him. Bingo!!!…my first Surf-Oreno Muskie. He wasn’t a beast (32 inches) but it was a Muskie and his capture brought with it a demonstration of the hooking power of the smaller hooks. The smaller hooks tend to sharpen better than the large hooks and the smaller diameter of the hook tends to penetrate the mouth area of the Muskie better than the large hooks. The draw back is the likelihood that the hook or hooks will straighten out easier. Each Muskie angler will have to be the judge of what is best for him or her. For my part, I am now a believer in the better hooking characteristics of smaller hooks and the attracting power of smaller lures. This was not the only Muskie boated on my Surf-Oreno during my month long fishing excursion…but that is the subject of another adventure.