Since my last blog entry about "Musky" Todd Deluccia is still fresh in my mind, I think I'll share a couple more musky shots from Pennsylvania. This one was caught by my TCO colleague, Jake Villwock. As you can see, it is an amazing fish! Jake and another colleague, Joe McGinley, both write great blogs for TCO's web site. This picture, and the story surrounding it, appeared there. Even though Jake says that the musky is only 35"+ in the blog (he's just being humble), my guess is mid forties (compare it to the 32 incher below). You can read Jake's and Joe's blog here:
There's one more very cool blog on the TCO site. This one is not written by a TCO employee, but by a very good angler and photographer, Bill Kosmer. You can read Bill's blog here:
My musky prowess pales in comparison to "Musky" Todd's, and Jake's, great fish. But I've caught a few. For some unknown reason, I caught 4 of them in 2008, all while fishing for small mouth bass. I never caught one before 2008, and I haven't caught one since. I'd like to say that the reason for my lack of musky success is that I don't really target them. But I wasn't targeting them in 2008 either. Though I do plan to give them much more attention this year. "Musky" Todd has promised to take me fishing sometime, and I can't wait.
I caught the musky pictured above in Aughwick Creek, a tributary to the Juniata River in Huntington County. The fish was about 32 inches long. It ate a black zuddler (one of the most effective streamers in the world) tied to 3x fluorocarbon tippet. I was fishing a 10' 6wt, not exactly the ideal musky rig. Let's just call it what it really was--lucky--and leave it at that.