Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays with 2010 Muskie Season Review!

Mr. Muskie Charters 2010 Muskie Season Review

We at Mr. Muskie Charters would like to thank all of our customers for making the 2010 fishing season a great year!!! We greatly appreciate your business and look forward to fishing with you again soon. We are currently booking charters for the 2011 season and would like to give all our customers first dibs on available dates. If you book before the shows you can still receive 2010 prices in 2011!

We will be doing 3 shows this season:
Ultimate fishing show: Jan. 13th – 16th - Rock Financial showplace Novi, MI.

Outdoorama: Feb. 24th- 27th - Rock Financial Showplace Novi, MI.

Ultimate Sport Show: March 17th- 20th - Devos Center Grand Rapids, MI.

The 2010 Season’s standings are as follows:
• We boated 467 Muskies and had over 700 hits, that’s an average of 7 fish per trip!
• We had 10 fish over the 30# mark and our seasons largest was 34.5# that was 53”.
• We had 17 fish that qualified for master angler awards.

There were many days with double digits of fish and many double and triple header days as well as 2 trips with quad hook-ups! It made for an amazing year of fishing!!!
Make sure to check out our website after the start of the year as we will have all pictures and videos posted along with articles.

2011 season new services and prices:
• Bass Charters (May – September)
• Bass and Muskie Combo Charters (June – September)
• Please see our website for the new 2011 rates

We at Mr. Muskie Charters would like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season! We look forward to hearing from you soon!!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Kevin Backus

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Muskie Season Opening Tournament

Well the muskie season opened with a bang!
It was awesome weather and some great fishing to be had!
We headed out for the south end of the lake and dropped in the lines. It wasn't much more than an hour and we had our first muskie in the boat. It was just the start of a excelent day of fishing. We trolled the south end of the lake and caught quite a few muskies, with a few double headers. We then started trolling back where we had started and when we got there it was gang busters for an hour or so, with another double header. We ended up going 17 muskies boated for 21 muskies hooked. We also had boated 2 pike and a small mouth bass.
All in all it was a long day of fishing that proved to be extremely successfull!
It showed that there will be a great fishing season ahead of us this year!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May is here and Muskie Season is Near!

I left off with the boat.. oh yes we need the boat and in short order.
It seems for most people that when we put the boat away for a long winter nap that sometimes it is in well less than perfect shape. The fact is that we have fished it all year and even though we try and keep up on things and contain all the messes that well it is a never ending job. It gets even harder when we are fishing in the late fall for those monster muskies and when we return to the marina they have shut the water off for the season, whether we are done with it or not! So now the spring is upon us and we head down to get the boat ready to go back intyo action for another season and we find that there is a seemingly mountain of work ahead of us.
We pull the shrink wrap off to find that someone must have snuck in over the winter and trashed this thing...WTF! We rub-out and wax the whole boat and then clean up the interior and put another coat of paint on the bottom then put another coat on all the miles of teak wood. Well that doesn't seem that bad.. for an army of people. Well it can be a time consuming and labor intensive project to say the least!
So now the boat is water bound.. yes finally there well only to find a punch list of all the stuff that has gone wrong or broke or just needs attention from the previous years use and abuse. So onto all that work.. well after it is all dsaid and done you just want to sit back and have a few cold ones and admire all of the hard work that you have done to get things ready for another season. Sometimes i catch myself thinking man is it really necessary to cover this bueatiful boat in muskie slime, blood, spilled beers,etc. Well that is how it is and when everyone gets to the boat they think that the magic cleaning elves just left as things appear showroom new yet again..
So the moral of this little tid-bit story is that when you get to my boat take a minuite and look around and realize what goes into getting this vessel ready and how it looks and smells. Noone is here to follow you around and pick up after you and fix the things that you break, so go slow and pay attention and be careful. Treat it like you would your own house unless you live in a pigpen.. then treat it like your mothers house! For all of those that do come and take care of things and help out.. hats off to you as the only magic elves that are around and the captain and mate!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Getting ready for the fishing season!

It seems as spring nears we get the urge to get back out on the water and do some fishing again. However for some of us we find that in the last winters rush to get the boat out of the water and everything stored...
Sometimes we just grab all of our rods & reels,nets,baits,etc. off the boat in a rush and simply toss them in the garage or basement and don't think much about them until they are needed again.
Well now it is time to go through everything.The big mess for some!
I like to put everything away neatly so i can take an inventory of what needs attention or fixing. I too though don't give it much thought until spring.
I now have to strip all my reels of their old sun battered line and reline them with all new line to start the season. While i am doing that i like to make all new fresh leaders and only keep the good ones as back ups! I like to clean and inspect the reels to make sure that they are working properly (drag,clickers,Etc) and oil them up a bit.
Now that our rods & reels are all set I look over the net and see a few holes that must have gotten away from me the previous year. If the bag isn't in to bad of shape i will mend the holes with a few zip ties, gotta love those things! Otherwise i will just put a new bag on to start the season off fresh.
On to that over stuffed box of tangled baits... Who put those away like that? Not I!
It is a good idea to go through the baits and check the hooks, make sure they have them and that they are sharp. I like to put them back in some order even though they won't stay that way for long. It is a good way to see what you have and what may need to be replaced, repainted or repaired.
Well that will get things ready to go back onto the boat.. Which is another story in itself. I guess instead of writing about this i better get doing it while it's fresh in my mind!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

2009 Fishing Season Review

To all Mr. Muskie Charters Fans:

We wanted to give everyone a review of our 2009 fishing season. The season opened as always on the first Saturday in June and everyone was excited to get out chasing muskies and find out what the season had in store.

June proved to be a very good month for numbers of fish caught with an average of 6-8 boated fish per trip. However; the size of the fish that were caught were of smaller size mid 30” class fish being the average size boated, with an occasional mid 40” class here and there. We did boat in few fish over the 50” mark that weighed over 30#.

July was another gang buster month that had many days with over 10 fish boated.
The sizes of the fish that were caught also varied from 30” to 50+” class.
We had many days with double headers and the action was great all month long.
We boated 5 fish over the 30# mark and had 2 over the 34# mark on one trip.

August was a month where numbers went down a bit but the size of fish got better. We still averaged 6 boated fish a trip. However we did have multiple days with over 10 fish boated. We also boated a few over the 50” & 30# class.

September was a month where we had either a higher numbers day or less fish but of better size. We started to see more fish in the legal size class (42”-44”).

October was a very slow month with some low numbers, which is not common for the fall bite. However toward the end of the month there were two new lake records set within a two week period of time. The largest being over 54” and weighing 48.6#. It was a monster caught by Tony Jaros a long time Lake St. Clair fisherman that was a friend of Homer’s. It was nice to see that he was rewarded for over 40 years of muskie fishing.

All in all the 2009 season was a very productive year in many regards. It showed with the high numbers of smaller fish that the population is still very healthy and that we will have some great fishing for many years to come. It also had some of the largest fish ever caught proving that Lake St. Clair is the worlds best Muskie Lake!