Catch & Release Works – Shoreline 8 – Some Ugly Muskies

Catch & Release Works – Shoreline 8 – Some Ugly Muskies

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In light of Eric Bakke's new Minnesota C&R record musky we highlighted in last week's newsletter, let’s do a “Let ‘em go, let ‘em grow!” segment highlighting some sweet release shots.

Most monster muskies don't grow to gargantuan sizes without visiting the inside of a net at least a couple times. Catch and release works, especially when you handle 'em with care!

Alright, here's a few pics:

Let's start off with one of the better release shots we've seen in a while. Awesome shot from Jace Loge. If one is good, then two is twice as nice 💪

Double Musky Release

Picture perfect release clip from Pistol Pete Maina:

Musky Release

Awesome shot from James Lindner sending a fall fatty back to the depths:

James Lindner musky release

This gorgeous white whale from guide Josh Borovsky's boat will live to be caught another day! #LetEmGoLetEmGrow

Catch and release

"Shoreline" Maneuver

I'm a sucker for these shore fishin' musky clips.

This one's got everything you could possibly want – awesome action AND a seriously impressive musky.

Check it out:

Cave Run Figure 8 Musky

Congrats to Cameron Palowitch on 50-plus-inches of Cave Run paydirt!

Mouthy Muskies

We've been light on "ugly" musky segments this year, so here's a few fish that won't be winning any beauty contests:

Eric Pursche popped this goofy-mouthed 55 incher on a Livingston Squeaky Pete fishin' with Greg Grampovnik. #BigAndUgly

Big musky with ugly mouth

This fly-muncher from Matt Reilly is rockin' the permanent smile:

Fly Fishing Musky

This future white whale from Wes Paul (posted by Pete Maina) has that Two-Face (batman villain) smile going on:

White Whale

There's no sugarcoating this one.... This half-blind greenie from Ryan Veith is just straight-up ugly:

Ugly Green Musky

This Week's Mashup:

Mashup time!

#1 – Anyone else draggin' meat this November?? 🙋‍♂️

Stealth's GT rigs are a great option if you don't wanna make your own sucker rigs.

It has a nose clip bridle system and T-shaped hooks with an extra prong that sticks into the side of the sucker. It's named after Gregg Thomas, who developed the rig:

"I have been making and using this rig for the last 5 yrs and it has been the best rig I have used for suckers over 14 inches."

Sucker Rigging Muskies

#2 – It's not everyday you see a musky swimmin' around with a catfish in it's mouth. Cool clip from Michael Kainec:

Musky with a catfish

#3 – Awesome pic from Marc-André Paquette capturing the exact moment he sets the hook into a big SLR musky.


#4 – Really cool boatside eat from JP Angling:

FIgure 8 GIF


– Footage from Musky Battle 2022 ft. a 54.5 incher (video)

– Clearwater musky fishing w/ Todays Angler (video)

– Fall musky hunt w/ 54 or bust (video)

– Finding fall muskies w/ Smith’s Fishing (video)

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Huge congrats to Karly Betterman on catching this fall fatty (51.25 x 21") fishing with her fiancé John Vogeler. Awesome memory!

Big Fall musky

Check out the belly on this plus-sized pork nanny 😍 via @chagrin_river_outfitters fishing with Troy White.

Shore Fishing Fly Musky

Props to Kyle McDonald for landing this big bodied bruiser on the fly:

Musky on the Fly

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