Fishing Buddies Found in Unlikely Places

Howdy there, haven’t written to any of you in a while. It’s been a hectic summer and us Musky brothers have been getting in all the musky fishing that we can. It’s what we do best.

We have actually found ourselves a cool new fishing buddy, which just so happens to be the same fellow that came out to clean our carpet when we dropped musky all over it. Remember when we told y’all about that crazy old day, haha? Now that was a sill day.

Anyways, it turns out that the guy was also an avid musky fisher like most of us guys here in Tennessee, and we ended up in a long conversation about it. From that, we went out on the lake together a few times and really have just spent the entire summer on the lake with him. It’s really cool that we found a new fishing buddy from such an unlikely place. You never know when you are going to meet some one that will change your life forever.

Well, that’s really all we have for you today. We wanted to get back on here to post again since it’s going on 3 months since we haven’t and we wanted to give y’all an update on what we have been doing. Now that the summer is over, we will have more time to get back to blogging again. Look forward to getting out more information and picture to y’all soon. Hope your summer is going very well.

3 Hot Tips for Catching Musky in the Summertime

Muskies can be a challenge to catch as it is, but certain Summer conditions can make it even worse. When it gets scorching hot outside and the water is nice and warm, take notice because it will be difficult to catch a musky on these types of days. And here in Tennessee, we sure have plenty of them.

This problem actually goes a little further thanks to the increase in people showing up at the lake everyday. Musky aren’t really up for coming around when there are a lot of people swimming in and around the edge of the water. Some muskies have almost become trained to avoid conditions like these that aren’t of interest to them.

In this article, I want to talk about some of the best tips for catching musky during the Summertime that have worked well for my brother and I over the past 12 years or so. Try them, and you will see a noticeable difference in your caching of musky.

1. Try going out on the water instead 

The best thing you can do to continue fishing on a day when there are plenty of people present is take a boat out on the water. At this time of the year, muskies like to hang out in the top 1/3 part of the lake together in small or large  groups.

Like a bird, keep your eyes on the area and you will stand more a chance seeing the groups than you would closer to shore.

2. Try a new type of lure

Muskies aren’t dumb and as I mentioned above, can remember something happening enough to avoid it. There will be many types of lures in the water during the Summer, so maybe try one you haven’t before. Talk to your local shop owner for the best kinds muskies like to catch. Sebile brand lures have worked very successfully in the past for us, but it’s really a matter of finding what works well for you.

Take notice of the colors and shapes of the lures your fishing buddies and other locals are using and analyze what is working and what’s not. It’s all about trial and error.

3. The wind is your friend

Whether you may know it or not, the wind is on your side. When it is blowing in one direction for periods of time, it creates a “stacking” on the shores and midlake structures, which will in turn bring the fish up to a more shallow level of the water.

The waves can move the fish around and make them more visible and easier to catch.

 

I really hope the tips I shared today can help you with your Summer musky fishing, and draw them in closer to you. I apologize for the post being cut a little short, but it’s a gorgeous Sunday on Memorial day weekend and my brother and family are waiting for me in the SUV as we speak.

I promise to continue on this topic later on so as always, our readers can enjoy the value we have to share. May your holiday weekend be safe and blessed. Oh, and if you are out on the lake, have fun but please be careful!

 

Cleaning a Fish in 5 Simple Steps

Many of us fish for the experience, but others do it just for food. And then there are those of us that make up a mixture of the two. In this post, I wanted to discuss how to clean a fish but want to start with a silly story.

One of the first few times I brought home some fish for cleaning, I had been so enthralled in the experience that I kept imagining myself on the lake since it was the place where I find the most peace. Because my mind was so wrapped up in this, I forgot that I had unloaded my fish from the truck and ended up carrying them through the house with me. I know, it sounds pretty dang stupid but what can I say, the main thing on my mind that day was fishing. I ended up dropping the cooler when I sneezed and the cooler ended on it’s side on the floor. Needless to say, the floor was stained and smelled so bad that we actually had to bring in a professional carpet cleaner, whom I want to give a quick local shout out to since they not only did a great job, but have become one of our newest and coolest fishing buddies.

To get back on topic of this post though, we wanted to talk about how to clean a fish. Keep in mind that that best time to clean your fish is 1-2 hours before you are going to cook it so that it doesn’t spoil.

Step one: Set up a table with a few layers of small newspaper on it. This is is clearly where the cleaning will take place. If you want less of a mess, we suggest more paper and even some paper towels. For most cases, you are going to want to clean the fish outdoors, and my story is a perfectly good example as to why.

Step two: Have all of your supplies gathered before beginning. You will need the following or things that are closely similar:

  • Gloves
  • A bucket for the fish parts
  • A container for the cleaned fish
  • Cooler full of ice if you want to keep the fish cold(also depends on how hot hot it is outside at the time.)
  • A sharp cutting knife
  • Butterknife or scaling tool for fish with scales
  • Pair of pliers to peel back the skin of fish without scales

Step three: Time for cleaning.

Using only one fish at a time, lay it out on the newspaper while wearing your gloves. Hold the fish firmly by the head and beginning scraping the scales from the tail towards the gills with your scaling tool or butter knife. With the right level of pressure ( you want this medium- not too hard and not too soft), the scales should easily become loosened and fly right off. Some other things to note:

  • Keep the stokes short and quick
  • Fins can puncture or even prick your skin so work around them gently to avoid injury
  • Always make sure to remove scales from both sides of the fish, and even by the fish’s gill

Step four: Rinse off the fish with clean water. Using a hose pipe, the pressure should be enough to clean the rest of the fish by removing the remaining scales. Don’t blast the fish with too much pressure as it’s meat is still tender while on the inside.

Step five: Place the cleaned fish back in the cooler and move on to the next one.

 

As you can see, this is the way we have been cleaning our fish for years. We hope it can be a quick, clean, and easy way for you as the process can be a little unnerving for some people at first. We are glad to have had the opportunity to share this with you today and hope that you can use this information to make things easier for yourself, while learned from Johnny’s mistake. See you next time musky lovers.

Tackling Tips for Musky Fishing

Muskies can be far and few, and the best thing you can do to locate them is have a good idea of where they like to roam. If you aren’t familiar with this, a local bait shop can usually give you an idea and map of you lake.

If you want to find some musky, there are a few practices that are best to use. We have used these many times in the past, especially when visiting new locations. We hope they will help you just as they did for us. Watch the video below or continue reading for our own personal tips and guidelines to follow.

 

 

1.) Start your hunt for musky during the lightest hours of the day, whether it’s first thing in the morning or right before it’s about to get dark at night.

2.) During overcast weather and on days with even the slightest drizzle, beware because muskies are known for going into attack mode.

3.) If you know that it’s supposed to storm that day or it even looks like it’s going to, get on the lake a few hours before as this is a prime time for musky fishing.

4.) Coontails and cabbage weeds are areas where musky fish are most likely to frequent. Toss your line in these areas and similar ones along the edges of the lake and have deeper beds of weeds.

5.) The wind can be a helpful tool for you, as it can push your bait further into bays or smaller areas of the lake. Muskies and even pikes will follow the bait when they see it moving like so.

6.) Keep the drag on your reel as tight as you can. You would be surprised to see that even the smallest fish can unwind the line off of your spool in no time.

7.) Bright colors of spinnerbaits, glide baits, and topwater lures do well at attracting musky.

Like any type of fishing, catching muskies can be challenging at first but gets easier and a heck of a lot more fun when you get good at it. Be patient and go out with a good buddy – that’s our formula for musky fishing success.

Get to Know the Musky Brothers

We want to start this site off right and with that we feel that at least one post should be dedicated to showing our viewers who we really are. Up until now, the only place we have made any mention of this has been our about page and it wasn’t very much information.

In this webpost we are going to list a few fun-facts about ourselves.

Johnny

Hey there, I’m Johnny and I am the oldest of us brothers. I’m 37 years old and married to my high school sweetheart and love of my life, and we have been together for twenty years now. We have two kids together, Marla and Brandon, who are ages 16 and 15. I work as an auto mechanic by morning but by late afternoon, I’m a fisherman. I have never really thought of pursuing a career as a fisherman but one day soon I plan to. I know I’m not exactly young anymore, but to me it’s never too late to pursue something, especially when it’s your passion. What makes it even better is that my brother shares the same passion and it’s one that we can indulge in together.

Godfrey

My name is Godfrey and I am the younger of us brothers. Actually I am the youngest of all of my siblings. We have an older sister named Kate and a brother almost ten years my senior named Jake. Johnny and I have always taken to each other and seem to be the closest of all us kids. We started fishing together when Jon was 13 and I was 11 and believe that is what brought us together to be so close in the first place.

I am 35 years old and have been married to my wife Shauna for close to 15 years now. We have 3 gorgeous children together and I could not be more grateful. My oldest daughter Tamara is 14, my son Will is 12, and my youngest daughter Valerie is 8. I love my family to death and would do anything for them. I am especially grateful that I still have such a wonderful relationship with my brother that has lasted for years and seems to get stronger each and every day.

I am so glad that we have started this website together so that we have a concrete place to store the information and knowledge we share, and that each of us can have access to as we please. I look forward to sharing great content and information on this website, and hope to meet others that share a similar interest.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and we look forward to sharing our lives with you on this blog.