Fishing

A Toothy Surprise

by brad-hole
Monday, July 10, 2017
   Fishing
Monday, July 10, 2017
A Tiger Muskie is a member of the Pike family - a sterile (cannot reproduce) cross between a Northern Pike and a Muskellunge. A handful of lakes in Washington State are stocked with Tiger Muskie which serve a dual purpose; they are a sport fish that anglers can catch and release, and are also prolific predators that will feed upon "trash fish" like pikeminnow and sucker. They can help keep those populations in check.

In today’s society the term “Hybrid” is familiar to most. We drive Hybrid vehicles that use less fossil fuels. There are Hybrid fruits and vegetables that are seedless or disease resistant. And there are even Hybrid Fish…

Tiger Muskie
Tiger Muskie

A Tiger Muskie is a member of the Pike family - a sterile (cannot reproduce) cross between a Northern Pike and a Muskellunge. A handful of lakes in Washington State are stocked with Tiger Muskie which serve a dual purpose. A sport fish that anglers can catch and release. They are also prolific predators that will feed upon “trash fish” like pikeminnow and sucker. They can help keep those populations in check.

bass fishing
Brad Hole largemouth bass fishing on Lake Tapps

Last week while bass fishing on Lake Tapps, I was reeling in a small largemouth bass. Out of the corner of my eye I watched a large Tiger Muskie take a swipe at the dangling fish at the end of my line. I quickly released the bass and grabbed a stiffer rod behind me. I casted and retrieved a 7” diving Muskie Lure. On the third cast the fish followed. While standing up in my Hobie Pro Angler Kayak, I got the fish to follow right to the kayak. Doing a figure 8 alongside the kayak, can sometimes draw a last minute strike - and strike it did! The fish peeled drag off my reel but I was able to land it and grab a couple of photos before safely releasing it.

Brad lands a nice Tiger Muskie
Brad lands a nice Tiger Muskie

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