Thanks for the nice comments!
Hope all of you have a great fishing year also! I am thrilled to start the year this early. Last year I think my first came in Feb., but my brother and I had a two fish day in late Dec.(29th). The weather this time of the year makes it tough on the angler more than the fish! I've been screaming since 99' that muskie will bite year round.
I do keep a log(calender). I just right in details on the date. Here ya go atrkyhntr: I caught this fish casting a southeastern Ohio stream. Water was high and running, but not stained(good visability). The reason I decided to go was 50 degree air temps. I had also heard about the deep freeze coming, so I knew the muskie fishing would be shut down for a while, because of the upcoming ice. The water temp. was high 30's. Just a guess, but wading it with good thick waders and still feeling the chill. I know it was COLD,lol. The bait was a rapala magnum(blue mackeral). Hit on a cast directly across from me(tree/root system), on the first crank. I set the hook and did'nt feel a solid set(fish was swimming at me). I reeled the slack as quick as possible and set again. Got really lucky on this fish. Barely had it hooked. My equipment is simple as needs be. Abu Garcia 6000 on a Pete Maina(BPS) 7' muskie rod spooled with 20 lbs. test stren inshore.
Hope this helps! It's hard to explain muskie. Key's to muskie fishing---
Patience/It's a different sport, because you may go out several times and put in hundreds of casts(or trolling hours) before you ever catch/see one.
Confidence/ Knowing the water you are fishing is very important. Knowing the importance of hook setting and landing is also KEY!
Equipment/ You don't need anything fancy, but you do need good line, a reel with a smooth drag, and a rod that's sturdy enough to hold one. Lures, there is a bunch of em out there. They all work in the right instance. I use crankbaits, spinners and topwaters in that order. Of course you have to know time of the year for each.
P.S. I'd love to help everyone reading this catch a muskie! Regardless where you live in Ohio I'm positive there is a lake, river, or stream that has a muskie in it nearby. I'd be more than glad to answer any questions! Except, where my hot spots are!
Good fishing guys!!!!