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A long history of Trophy Bragging Rights 800-563-7151

here, where the practice is accepted or not. However, I thought in fairness to the anglers at large, we would let the lodge owners of tomorrow sound off and state their opinions openly. Ed Tausk immediately referred to a recent study expressing concerns with live bait fishing for muskies. “Based on recent studies and articles on single hook sucker fishing and on the small number of fish that survive a gut hook (even during cold water periods), I am opposed to sucker fishing with single hooks. I have not had much of a demand from muskie fisherman to stock suckers in our bait shop. I have discussed this issue with local bait suppliers and there just simply is not much of a demand for muskie fishing with suckers on Lake Vermilion. This may be due to the one rod limit in Minnesota, or for what ever reason, it’s simply not as popular a method in Minnesota as it is in other states”. Eric Brown Jr. of Wiley Point Lodge didn’t have much of an opinion regarding the subject, due in part to the fact few anglers practice this technique on Lake of the Woods. “You don’t need to use live bait to catch muskies at Wiley Point, and that is probably better for the fishery in the long run. Most of the muskie anglers I am aware of at Wiley Point seem to have every lure known to mankind and a fair amount of understanding in using them”. Randy responded with a resounding “No! We strongly oppose the use of any live or dead bait rigs for muskie. We do not use this technique here, as it has and will continue to kill muskies as long as it’s practiced. This occurs by the sucker hook getting caught deep in the muskies throat, resulting in irreversible damage that is often fatal. I will not say it is not a productive way to fish for muskies, but the cost of using these rigs is at the expense of the fishery”. Over the years I have had a great deal of success following the Solunar Tables. In fact, the late Duke Verkuilen introduced John Alden Knight’s tables to me almost fifteen years ago, and the increase in my success has been measurable. As a result, I often find myself wanting to fish when others are sitting down for dinner (or breakfast, for that matter). And I often feel I am imposing on owners and servers alike when I request different meal times. I refer to this as fickle and couldn’t help but ask how the owners might feel about this attitude. Eric Brown Jr. was first to respond. He stated there simply isn’t a problem with this at all. “We are a full service facility and can accommodate virtually any meal schedule you need. Muskie anglers should realize while coming to Wiley Point, we are there to serve you and truly understand the need for being on the water at the most opportune times. After all, the muskie is the toughest of all freshwater game fish, why should we make it any tougher?” Randy also responds with a “no problem” attitude. He says they don’t have to worry about fickle attitudes due to the fact that their facility is located in some of the best muskie waters