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The southern heat envelopes me as I walk outside to the truck. It feels thick, tangible, as if air between all things is not just dead space, but a warm gelatin.
A couple of years ago, there was an undercurrent of musky fever, and then musky fever on the fly climbed to an all-time high. We read articles while tuning into the almost constant internet chatter. Everyone was talking about chasing musky for many days before even seeing one. We watched videos of anglers catching long, toothy fish, hoisting them over their heads in victory, showing shotgun poses along with new camera angles to help bring musky fever to its highest possible temperature. Musky was the fish of 1,000 or 10,000 casts—I really cannot remember.
Squam Lake is smack dab in the middle of New Hampshire just a few miles Northwest of Lake Winnipesaukee. A beautiful lake and a great fishery, this 6,770-acre body of water produces big bags of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pickerel, white perch, yellow perch and lake trout. Other species include: cusk, horned pout, (bullheads) and landlocked salmon.
Some people have bucket lists for species of fish they target, exotic fishing destinations, or maybe they desire to fish with a celebrity or world-class angler. I was able to fill my bucket with a story that I will never forget, nor am able to, due to the camera onboard and a subsequent television show that captured the moment.
With the temperature down and the fishing slowed, now is the time to ramp up your conditioning of tackle for the coming spring. And while it might not seem different from checks of salt water tackle, there are some slight changes.
Last year we talked about a fishing book as a possibility or two for a fishing friend for Christmas or Hanukah. Those ideas are still great, but there are other things that you can also consider, whether the gift is for a fishing buddy, a friend or a family member. Books are still good options, either of the practical type to learn more about fishing or of the coffee table variety as a reminder of past fishing trips or a possible look at future adventures.
Captain Mark Henderson breaks down the step-by-step process of rigging outriggers in this easy-to-follow video. Whether rigging one, two or three lines, this video has everything you need to know to get your outriggers ready for fishing.