For the most part, ultralight fishing for these leviathans involves using heavier tackle, heavier line and heavier lures than for any other species covered in this book. That, however, doesn’t mean that it will be any less challenging, especially if you focus on muskies. They are, without question, the most mysterious fish I’ve ever chased.
For me, at least, pike have always been more about ruthless aggression and fiery action. They are, in many ways, predictable.
Muskies, on the other hand, are like the central characters in the most twisted of suspense novels. If you ever spend time fishing just for them, you understand. You already know to laugh at anglers who say they have them all figured out. Nobody does; and that’s what makes them so appealing to me. They are, regardless of the tackle, baits and techniques you use, the most challenging of the freshwater gamefish species I’ve chased.
There is an edge, prairie on one side,
on the other side freshwater lake.
There is a sky overhead. Clouds make
shadows on the grass, white shapes that glide
over the waves. A kite seems to slide
straight up above the edge. A kite, fake,
moves out on the waves in those clouds, fake.
Kite shadow joins a cloud’s, seems to hide.
The string is reeled in. The kite descends.
The fake kite, just reflection, draws near
the grass, then back. Dancer on a ledge.
The real kite’s tail flips up then extends
into the waves, splashing, then lifts clear.
A muskie leaps, falls. Life on the edge.