After some sputters and inconsistency marking the first couple of weeks of the musky season, July woke up and the muskies to the point of just plain silly. At The Factory we went from a first week marked by great sadness as several guests lost the fish of their lifetime and it seemed like fortune was not smiling upon us, to experiencing the full glory of what musky fishing can be.
The answer to heartbreak on the water (and often elsewhere in life) is hard work. Over the next 10 days we rocked the river with an epic 30 muskies including many over 20 lbs and a few over 30. July is as it should be and the musky world on the Ottawa River is pure paradise once again.
In the middle of the month came long time Jersey regular Rob G and his long time just-getting-back-to-musky-fishing-after-raising-the-kids friend Shawn Paladini. Rob and I have had the pleasure of almost 15 trips together and I am proud to have netted most of the many giants Rob has boated. This trip turned into something really special.
If you were out on the water here around the full moon then you caught fish. Everyone did. Visit the spots, throw the baits, take the pictures; musky fishing the way you dream it can be. Isn’t it great when the dream becomes a reality.
Ten fish in three days with only two under 40 inches. Surface baits, jerk baits, inlines, dawgs – they ate it all. Rob had his best trip ever and added another monster to his picture collection and Shawn bettered his personal best by a lot with a monster fish that ate at boat side and did everything possible to avoid getting her picture taken. We took it anyway and I think you’ll agree that she looks great. Better still we got it all on video including a fully airborne cartwheel! Check it out on the new YouTube page for The Musky Show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdL-Tp_Br_0
Some people don’t believe in moon peaks. Generally they are people who catch fewer muskies…… When I look back at my logs over the years there are more years than not where the best week of the year came off of a full moon or a new moon. Do you believe? If you don’t, you should.
There are lots of blogs on here about how to fish moon peaks. Find them, read them, and start catching more muskies
John M. Anderson
We produce BIG fish!!
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