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Im not a big musky fisherman but have went out and caught a few. When i do go out for musky i allways cast i was thinking today why not put a dead stick out with a 12 inch sucker or shad. Im guessing you would want the bait out 3 or 4 foot deep so if you have a follow the bait would be right in front of the musky. Mybe use a circle hook and the pole would be in the rod holder you might be able to pick up a few with this. I dont know what do you guys think? have you ever heard of it done before?
 

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There's a special rig that is used to catch muskies with live bait, called quick-strike rigs. They'll usually have either a treble with a small hook to attach to the bait, or a circle hook with a treble. There's a couple different options, but its a widely used tactic up in the midwest. You can purchase 8"-15" suckers up in Wisconson and Minnesota in most of the good bait shops. It's also used by a lot of casters. Some will leave a sucker just a few feet below their boat in a rodholder, making it an easy target for any muskies that follow to the boat.

Here's a link to some quick-strike manufacturer's websites:

http://www.musky.com/Features/Strike.htm

http://www.stealthtackle.net/fishing_products.shtml

http://www.muskyshop.com/modules/cart/navigate.php/nav_id/24
 

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*suckers will tire and die quickly in warm water temps. That's probably the main reason this is a fall/cold water tactic.
 

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I attended a seminar earlier this year by Tom Dietz and he says hanging a sucker with a quick strike rig below the boat while casting works very well.
I was surprised to hear a Muskie Pro speak highly of this technique but, hey, if it improves catches and doesn't hurt the fish, why not?
 
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