I generally do not fish for Muskies when I am targeting Saugeyes, but past couple years happen to notice a trend: I catch more Muskies when I do not target them. Earlier in the year I had a few of them on while chasing the Saugeyes before the spring (March through May). Lately been running into them again. Past several months had a few more, but in parallel have lost some lures and one broke my reel (clutch) about a month ago. Nevertheless it has always been a blast and I always try quick releases. Last night I was out chasing the Saugeyes after a week of no fishing due to family events. I planned to fish 5 spots since the weather was brisk ~38F and little wind (I like wind at least 8mph). The moon was full but with no wind I knew it was going to be tough. First spot I hit for an hour and barely had two bumps. I know a couple folks were there for a few hours earlier with only a couple caught, so I opted to hit the flows. I went to a shallow flow starting with a White Shadow Rap, I felt a bump after cast number 3 but nothing else. The water was slightly stained so I opted for Mr Blue (Blue/Green Jerkbait and colleague of Mr White). First cast and got a hard strike taking reel fast after setting the hook. I knew exactly what I had after a few seconds, it was Big Rhonda from last week - I lost a Muskie in the spot just the prior week. I barely had a glimpse before but was glad I got my lure back. This time I had tightened my reel just a tad and maintained pressure. As she got closer I realized the flow is about two feet lower than the prior week and no possible manner to get her out safely (plus I had no net). There was one more person nearby at a distance but no net either. After a couple minutes and getting her closer, I moved to an area I recognized and jumped down a couple feet of my ledge into rocks which steep (boots half way in the water). After a few failed attempts I finally had my grippers in her jaw only to realize all three trebles were lodged in the inner/outer jaw. She kept tossing around hitting the rocks and by this I knew I could not save her. So, only thing for me to do is make sure I get her out. Getting her off the rocks and carrying her back over that two foot ledge was tasking. While I had her out she tosses a couple more times, but eventually settled. I checked over and got my leatherman to pull my trebles, two of the three were bent in tight into the jaw line. In the end, I don't think I would have been able to pull the hooks out safely enough without exhausting her. This is the last thing I had in mind of harvesting last night, but she went up on my roof rack (hoping tomorrow's rain gets some of the smell off). Gladly a buddy came to pick her up later at my home to harvest. She came out at 46 inches and 27lbs (she had a thick girth). Somehow timing is odd since last night was the first time I put my nets in the garage, I generally don't carry them. At this weight with my Saugeye setup, it was a great experience and thankful for this fish; plus not snapping my rod/line (getting lure back) made it even more worthwhile. TightLines!