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got to the lake around 9:30

put my lil bass boat in cuz the wind was soft, trolled around and hit some spots with no success, moved to the cove right by the spillway and i was reeling and out of nowhere a big bow hit right at the boat, after some acrobats he got off, but he was nice, then i got two more hits without setting it, my friend got a small rainbow and lost a big one at the boat

we were using old kastmasters reeling slowly in deep water, just out of shore casting range from that cove by the spillway

it was a great day, the first fish on the new boat

also there was a huge dead tiger freshly dead by the boat ramp and a stocker dead one too

i wonder what kills those big ones, i didnt see any sign of hook injury or anythingm, they have some huge teeth
 

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Mustang,

Do you ever get skunked? Seems like you always have something to report about. There was a thread on the skunk gene and you seem to have the anti-skunk gene. I have never any luck at Evergreen for some reason and I have only seen one fish taken out of that lake in person. I've never caught anything on a Kastmaster, yet you seem to use them a lot.

I too have seen some big tigers dead around the lake. I think the little stocker trout gang up on them and nip them to death.
 

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I like Kastmasters too... it seems to me that alot of species like them especially aggressive trout...What types of Kastmasters have you tried? I like Silver, Copper, Gold, but my favorites are Cutthroat, Tiger, and especially Rainbow Pattern. I real very slow just enough to make the lure swim...and have had great success more then any other type of lure on a number of lakes...I guess we all have our favorite lures.

I do not like to report fish I lose or fish that get off at shore however for all of you Muskie Hunters I will yell you that I was at Evergreen Sunday at the same spot I caught the 37 incher and bam I hooked onto another. I did not know what it was till it came closer to shore. I did not have a net because I was fishing for trout at the time. When the guy who was fishing to the right saw how big it was he jumped up and I screamed can you net this guy for me...I seriously thought I was going to get my 2nd big muskie...I played him for about 10 minutes...In hindsight I would have tried to wear him out more...This one was about 10 inches bigger than the last...My guesstimate about 45 inches. Finally It was at shore ...Wow this musky was huge...I told the fisherman to scoop it up. He seemed in shock and would not budge I yelled at him again scoop him up. He got the net under the big fish and in a poor net scoop he lifted the Muskie up in the water my lure came off when he did this. The fish was to big to get into the net horizontally and after dancing on the net for a second he manage to slip back into the water unhooked from my lure. he swam out about 10 feet and was jumping and splashing around for a while about ten seconds and then he was gone....Again I do not like to post misses but I was suprised to almost get a second muskie at the same lake almost in the same spot....In fact I had just purchased new line and I was just there to break it in and I was hoping to catch a couple of trout. I never expected another muskie...Well maybe next time.
 
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silicone boy, i personally did not get one in the boat today, so i at least got half a skunk, i was actually thinking i have the skunk gene lately, because a lot of times if i dont catch anything i dont report it cuz there was nothing to report, you got lucky when you saw me catch those fish at the arsenal, haha, it doesnt happen as often as id like, cuz since school is out i literally fish 6 days a week, and i only report half of those

anyway...i like all the colors trouthunter likes, plus a silver with orange stripe on half, anything will hit a kastmaster, u should get some, always my goto lure on a lake i dont know very well


now im off to the est coast for two weeks, i wont get to fish, but ill make up for it when i get back
 

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Mustang...

Have you tried the Silver and Blue? I just bought one and will try it next time out in a trout lake. However I have caught bass, crappie, bluegills, perch, and even a saugeye on a kastmaster along with every type of trout. What about you? Also I prefer a 1/8 ounce in the spring when the fish are closer to shore, size 1/4 ounce in the summer when they seem to be further out, and fall either size. Have a few bigger however never used. What size do you use and whick kasty is your favorite. I have always wanted to ask a fellow kastmaster lure fisher...also at evergreen I had both muskies on a 1/4 Rainbow colored Kasty.

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I throw tons of kastys and the one I have caught the most and biggest fish is a 1/4 oz silver w/orange stripe.Next color is rainbow,then gold w/prism gold sticker.I've prolly got 50-60 kastys at home.I've caught many nice steelhead in oregon on them,and they work very well in the ocean!1oz. size
 

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1/4 ounce silver is my favorite. Besides a panther martin I have caught more trout on this lure than any other, casting, trolling whatever. I don't think I've ever caught one on gold but silver w/orange and rainbow are also some good ones.
 

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Kastmaster is my goto lure.All the gold with holigraphics are my favorite!For casting i like 1/4oz,but for trolling i use 3/8oz mostly,some times1/2oz in deeper water.I usually use a steady retrive,but i've heard that a jiging or rip and drop work very well,just have had so much sucess at my normal retrieve that i dont experment as much as i should.Who would of thought that a chunk of metal could be so deadly on such a variety of fish.

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I do the jig retrieve about half the time and do a stop and go retrieve the other half. Almost all of the fish hit it on the drop.
 

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I get most of my hits on a slow but consistant retrieve, and if I feel my lure hesitate (maybe a fish taking a pass at my lure) I will stop or slow it down. That is when I get most hits or simply on the retrieve. I will try that jig and stop and go method....never have tried that before. Do any of yu guys let it sink (countdown) to varying depths?
 

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TroutHunter said:
I get most of my hits on a slow but consistant retrieve, and if I feel my lure hesitate (maybe a fish taking a pass at my lure) I will stop or slow it down. That is when I get most hits or simply on the retrieve. I will try that jig and stop and go method....never have tried that before.  Do any of yu guys let it sink (countdown) to varying depths?
If you are fishing for musky do not slow the lure down or stop it when this happens, keep the speed even or even a hair faster.
 

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TroutHunter said:
Have you missed muskys by slowing down or have you caught them by speeding up? Just wondering??

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Its just something about muskies that differ from pike... PIke will hit the lure if you pause it or slow down but for some reason tigers dont normally hit the lure if you pause it or slow down.
 
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