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Jigs, Spoons and Trolling Spoons
- Dymara is setting a
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We’ve combined the best of everything to bring you the best
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Branch's Seine River Lodge Outfitters
- Experience the Canadian Shield
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of Lakes". Over 30 miles of excellent walleye, northern and
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guided white tail hunts, black bear, small game & grouse. Bow &
Auld Reekie Lodge
- You can snowmobile
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skiing on nearby trails, take a dog sled tour, or enjoy some of
our breathtaking scenery. You can also try your hand at ice
fishing on one of the hundreds of lakes in this area.
Regardless of what you do at the end of the day you can come
back to the lodge and relax beside a cozy fireplace and enjoy
some of the great food offered in our licensed dining room.
Marsh Bay Resort
- Open year round, our services include
Cottages, Camping, Trailer Sites, Boats & Motors, Fishing,
Hunting and Snowmobiling. A quiet family style camp nestled on
the shores of the Montreal River, just off Hwy. # 11. Open year
round, our services include Cottages, Camping, Trailer Sites,
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River is a calm body of water and is one of the main tributaries
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Cedar Ridge Lodge
- Moose hunts still available! At our Lodge you get a truly memorable
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Located on pristine Burt Lake, 30 km west of Kirkland Lake.
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"Turn Your Musky 'Follows' Into 'Takers' By
fishing can be a funny game. An angler can spend many hours beating
the water to a froth, only to have a musky finally appear, lazily
trailing the bait then slowly disappearing out of sight. Musky
follows are a common occurrence when chasing this majestic beast,
however, there are a few tricks that can be utilized to turn those
curious fish into solid takers. Try these tips when out on your next
hunt and get ready to land your fair share of braggin' size 'skies.
Throw a Change-Up
Tossing a different lure to a following fish is one way of
attracting their attention and hopefully convincing them to bite.
The one key ingredient to make this technique work is to throw an
entirely different lure, both in style and colour. For instance, if
you get a follow from a fish while throwing a bucktail, immediately
throw a topwater lure back to the direction that the follow
originated. If your bucktail happened to be black, try a white or
silver topwater for contrast. The key point is to make your lure
presentation entirely different. Fish that follow baits to the boat
are usually semi-interested in what they perceive as a meal. By
changing-up your bait and immediately knocking on their door again,
a positive reaction can usually be garnered from that same wandering
Throwing back a different bait is a technique that must be done
immediately after a fish is spotted for it to be effective at all.
Having at least two rods in the boat, both rigged with opposite
lures, will make this task easier for the angler to utilize. Keep
the second rod within arms reach and be on the lookout for that next
Change Your Retrieve
For many anglers, seeing a following fish can be an exciting yet
also disappointing sight out on the water. Watching a fish trail
your bait from twenty feet away right to the side of the boat can be
downright frustrating. For those fish that follow for long
distances, there is a certain trick that can put the odds back in
Adjusting or changing your retrieve is one of the best tricks for
long-range follows. These fish are especially curious but lack the
aggression due to the monotony of the bait action. Putting a little
"zing" into that bait is just the ticket for changing their minds.
Speeding up your retrieve is probably the best adjustment that can
be made to provoke a strike. When a following fish is spotted,
suddenly accelerate your bait and work it all the way back to the
boat in this manner. If you're using a bucktail, burn it in as fast
as you can turn the handle. For topwater the same holds true.
Jerkbaits are a little different as you are best to use more
aggressive pulls and jerks while bringing the bait back to the boat
Another interesting technique is to change the direction of your
lure. This can be easily accomplished by turning your rod in a
forty-five or ninety degree angle. Instead of your bait running in a
perfectly straight line, this slight adjustment will change the
angle that your bait makes back to the boat. The majority of time, a
following fish will strike at the exact moment your bait changes
course, so hold on and be prepared to set the hook hard.
Figure-eighting is a term used to describe a boat side technique
for following fish. It is quite simple to do and the rewards can be
great. When a fish is spotted following your bait to the boat,
thrust you rod tip under the surface while your lure is still in the
water. In a controlled and seamless motion, begin working your bait
in a "figure-eight" motion in the water. This tactic should be used
while your lure is approximately three to four- feet from the rod
tip and maintained at two to three-feet below the surface.
Working a big figure eight, or a large circle in the water are both
effective but the motion must be fluid and constant for the tactic
to be successful. (Refrain from "drawing" tight circles or "eights"
in the water, as the fish will not be able to turn quick enough.)
Don't be surprised to see following muskies turning in fast circles
while chasing the bait, before finally hitting out of sheer
aggression. Boat side figure-eights are a dynamite action for
following fish, and are also productive when done after each
"follow-less" cast in case the fish is holding deep and out of
Figure-eights are done most easily while using bucktails, as the
lure shape and design allows for easy manipulation in this manner.
Jerkbaits can also be used in this technique at the end of a cast,
as long as you do not allow the bait to rise to the surface. Try to
keep the lure down at the depth it was running during the initial
follow for added effectiveness.
Following muskies are part and parcel of hunting for the "kings of
the freshwater." Although they can be frustrating while working the
water, followers can be turned into takers quite successfully when
utilizing the above tips and techniques when out on the water.