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alternatives to musky blanks for musky fishing?
Posted by: Camilo Lusis (---)
Date: July 27, 2020 07:08PM

Hi all. Odd question maybe but I was wondering if there are any alternatives to musky blanks for musky fishing?

A friend wants to introduce me to the sport, and said we can go to some "confidence" lakes where there are higher numbers of smaller fish. The average size fish in Ontario is between 10-20 pounds so I am going to guess the majority of the fish are in the 10-15 range where we would go.

I was at a fishing shop to check out the rods and they are, in my opinion, pool cues with guides which don't seem like a lot of fun to cast with all day. I've been told the action/power of these rods is primarily due to the massive baits you cast, not so much to handle the fish. Length is needed for control and figure eights by the boat.

But I can't help wondering if there are alternative blanks which are lighter in weight, designed to handle big fish and can cast the baits needed for musky fishing - in this case bucktails in the 2-3 ounce range.

For instance, Pac Bay has a salmon/steelhead blank (ASA1054-2) that is fast action, 8’9” in length, handles 12-25 line and casts lures 3/4-3 in weight. The max line weight is a bit lighter than what I have seen for medium and medium heavy musky blanks which usually max about 50, but otherwise couldn't this blank be used for most average size muskie applications?

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Re: alternatives to musky blanks for musky fishing?
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: July 28, 2020 10:20AM

Camilo,
You can use the heavy weight bass rods that are used for bass in the weeds and they will handle a musky bait just fine.

Take care

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Re: alternatives to musky blanks for musky fishing?
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---.inf6.spectrum.com)
Date: July 28, 2020 01:42PM

Just about any blank which could be used to cast for salt water fish up to 40# should work well for muskies.

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Re: alternatives to musky blanks for musky fishing?
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: July 28, 2020 07:04PM

Some to look at here: [www.mudhole.com]

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Re: alternatives to musky blanks for musky fishing?
Posted by: Jeremy Wagner (---)
Date: July 31, 2020 02:02PM

Look at the Phenix Inshore blanks. I built a 9’ rated for 3-8oz and it’s a great rod for smaller baits- and it’s super light.

Jeremy

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