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Hello there.  First I would like to say sorry for the long post.
Fished Quincy today from 3:30p.m. to about 7:30p.m.  Went out on the belly boat and floated around for the first time there.  Caught two bass and lost another one.  The one in the pic was the biggest at 17".  Also caught one stocker and lost another one on the next cast.  Used a gold panther martin for the trout and a flatfish and green senko for the bass.  Pretty slow day overall but beautiful.  had lots of other hits too but am 95% sure they were perch going after my split shots.
Here is the good part.  I have been trying to catch a muskie this yeas really hard.  It is my goal this season.  As I was starting to float to shore to end my day, I was just jigging the panther martin up and down and watching it below me in about 7 feet of water when suddenly I see this log with stripes come and stop about a foot away from it.  That is the second time that I have seen a muskie there in my five visits to Quincy.  Tell you the truth, I was pretty darn scared with it being that close to my legs, it was over forty inches easy but under fifty.  I decided that I would go put the tube away and grab my muskie lures.  It took about ten minutes to go to my car and walk back.
As I made it back to the lake, someone had arrived right in the spot that I was going to fish, I was not going to give up so I waded in the water and fish a little out of casting distance from him.  I felt bad but was determined.  I was going to throw my new suick out, first time ever using one so I wasn't sure how the action would be.  First cast the dang muskie came in and chased it to about eight feet away before turning away.  I didn't expect it so I didn't do the figure eight motion.  Second cast I was ready and as my lure was about five feet away from me, I looked around under the water to see if he chased again but it was a little choppy so I couldn't see.  Then just as I looked back up at my lure the dang thing popped its head out of the water with a gulp sound(not a splash) and slowly drifted down.  I had my first muskie hit and I was too much in disbelief to react in time!!!!! I didn't see him after that.  I am soooo excited as you can all imagine and was shaking for about an hour at least because of the adrenaline.  The fish of a thousand casts was almost mine today after two casts!!!  At least now I know what area to hunt that bad boy.  Next time he's mine!!!!!
<IMG SRC=http://bb.bebo.com/bb/large/2005070104/6855909a10975202b934879055l.jpg> Just a stocker that I threw back that nailed the P.Mart.
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Great post gotmuskie I love stories like that I was getting excited just reading it.
Good luck next time out cant wait to see a pic
  there's no such feeling in the world to be that close to baggin a fish you been after for awhile.
I know he'll be yours next time no doudt
 

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congrats on the close encounter of the muskie kind you'll get em soon enough i bet that was a thrill to have it hit so close

and good looking bass looks nice and heathy

i still remember the first time i took out the float tube i was throwing topwaters hoping for a muskie and had looked away while i was reeling in and there was this huge woosh in the water right next to me after i grabed my rod before it sank i realized it had only been my swim fin LOL scared the begeezes out of me and it wasnt even a fish

man i bet you can still feel it a huge log like that that close i would still be shaking man you got the bug going in me again

let us know when you get him i want pictures
 

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Bro, That is way cool. Not only that you almost got one but that you keep seeing them. For awhile ive been thinking their all gone. Thanks for the report!

-Jay

Hay, What fins have you been using w/ the belly boat?
 

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Great post - hopefully you can land him next time. Earlier this year at Quincy I saw a big muskie right at the inlet/pipe in the cove right below the parking lot. It was right on the shoreline and seemed to be eating something off the bottom. It had a huge tail that was above water. All we had were flies and it wasn't interested in those. That is the closest encounter I have had at Quincy. I didn't know about the site at that time but I would have posted the sighting right away.

As far as flippers I would highly reccomend double looping the ends of the straps so they don't fall off. I have a very cheap pair that work great. I had a friend that bought new flippers and one of them sunk right away when it fell off. I don't know the brand name but they were the cheapest pair at Discount Fishing Tackle.
 

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I, too, am in hunt of my first muskie or pike this year. It's going to happen!!!

Thanks for the story and bringing us all in closer to you with the great description.
 

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You'll get him next time!!! THats a nice looking bass too.
 

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BBoat 16, I bet you seen the same one as me. I seen muskie both at the same spot where you seen yours. I bet that is the same one just hanging out there.

Jay, I have taken the bellyboat out two times now and used the step-in flippers both times. I have yet to use the toe ones. Maybe next time because the step in ones are kindof hard to get out of. You should see me rolling all over the ground breaking a sweat.
 

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Great story! You deserve a musky like no other!!! I hope you get a 50 incher next time!
 

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gotmuskie? Have you been to Prospect Ponds lately? I have seen some cruising the shorelines the last few days. Have you ever tried Watson Lake? There are a few in there but not too many.
 

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Hey Scorpion_Bsk, haven't seen you on here awhile. Yeah I was just at Prospect Ponds last week on my belly boat for about an hour. It was a bad day. My first cast I got caught up in a tree. The big pond is so full and green it was hard to see in the water. Still no luck there not even a bass. Did you know Riverbend Pond #3 is suppossed to have some too?
 

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GotMusky...

Great story well told...felt like I was there...except I would of needed clean shorts!!!...

Kind of funny I had always heard of them referred to as the fish of 10000 casts...so you either got 998 or 9998 casts based on who's doing the counting... ;D

I have had made northerns hit when I have seen them following by altering the direction suddenly or reeling faster...I think sometimes they think it is trying to get a away...I think it is impossible to reel faster than a big member of the pike family can swim...

Good luck...you will get him...you got to believe!...you have half the battle...you know where he/she is...

Maybe put something unique on the menu for it...like stockor truckus rainbowus under glass...a big rainbow trout plastic swim bait...rainbow trout its whats for dinner (as performed to the beef commercial tone)...
 

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Wicked story :) I can't wait till you get one. I wouldn't mind if I beat you to it though ;) Get back there soon and get em! Good luck.
 
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