How to Land a Musky Without a Net

Fisherman with big muskie fish

We need to have a serious discussion before we examine the topic of handling a musky without a net, so consider this introduction a disclaimer. Handling a musky without a net is dangerous business, do so at your own risk. A large fish like a musky with a mouth full of treble hooks can be …

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State Redfin Pickerel Records: Complete State Guide

Redfin Pickerel

Redfin pickerel are very small fish, among the smallest in the pickerel family with only the other American Pickerel, the grass pickerel, comparing in their diminutive size. While muskies, tiger muskies, and northern pike are on the heavy side of the Esox family, the redfin pickerel is on the far other side. One of two …

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How Big Do Redfin Pickerel Get?

big group redfin pickerel

Redfin pickerel don’t often get the love or attention of their larger cousins in the Esox family. That said, whether you know them by their formal name, or know redfins by their other names like mud pike, southern pike, little pike, little pickerel, red pike, or even jacks in some very rural parts of the …

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What Is the Best Time of Day to Catch Muskie?

dawn boat fishing in the morning mist

Muskies are known as “the fish of 10,000 casts” for a reason and those tricky, finnicky freshwater monsters can be difficult to catch even in the best of times. Even if your Figure 8 is on point. Because of that you want to make sure you are focusing your time an energy on the water …

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Can You Eat Redfin Pickerel?

Redfin Pickerel

Redfin pickerel, often referred to as redfin pike in the Southern state where they are most commonly found, are one of the smallest members of the pike family. Although they are aggressive pound for, um, well ounce for ounce, these fish don’t have a reputation for becoming monsters. Because of that they are often overlooked …

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How Fast Do Chain Pickerel Grow?

chain pickerel in water

The similar looking but smaller cousin to the northern pike is known in areas for being a fierce fighter and offering some tasty fillets for anglers who know how to work around the bones to get some clean boneless cuts. One of two sub-species often grouped together as “American Pickerel,” the chain pickerel can offer …

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