Post By: WalleyeDon Posted: 4/13/2012 7:27:40 PM Points: 14
Very slow at Pinewood today. I did not see one fish caught--by anyone--in 2.5 hours. Still an awesome day weather-wise and good to get out.
On my way hiking back to the parking lot (I usually fish the south side of Fisherman's Cove just where it widens) as I was making that sharp turn where the inlet is, I saw in about 2 feet of water a 36"-40" "Wolf." You'd need at least 18# test and a wire leader to bring that thing in, plus a game-size landing net.
I landed a 44inch, 23 pound muskie on an ultra light rod with 6 pound test a couple of years ago. I was fishing for walleye in Nebraska at Merritt Res with a live leech on a Lindy rig when it hit. Took about a half hour to land it. No wire leader, no 18# test, just hooked a lip and hung on and let the drag do the work. It was 15 minutes before I knew what species of fish I had, thought it might be a big catfish, then it jumped clear out of the water! It was the most exciting fish I've ever caught. Still can't believe my luck. Doubt if I'll ever catch a fish that big again.
Reply by: WalleyeDon Posted: 4/14/2012 8:58:28 AM Points: 14
In Wisconsin, tiger muskies and standard muskies are known as "October Wolfs" or just "Wolfs." Maybe the terminology or nicknames are different in Colorado.
Yes it is possible to land large fish (with teeth ala muskie and northern) with light line and no leader but you need lots of luck that the line doesn't run against the teeth and doesn't stretch too much. Nice job Ratnose!
Lots of trout today on a repala, and some on an adams #18. Lake is very high. The inlet just west of the dam was FULL of tigers, but after throwing my whole tackle box at em for 3 hours, I gave up. I'd say the fish of 10,000 casts is optimistic.