Bill Hamblin (Part 1) – Episode 46

Episode 46 is live! Bill Hamblin is perhaps best known for his epic Muskie publication, 120 Days. Bill is an amazing storyteller who happens to be one heck of an angler. In this series from the 2019 Muskie Odyssey, Bill goes into detail about his adventures on the water and drops some incredible muskie fishing tips along the way!

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  1. Booking a once in a lifetime Esox Masquinongy Adventure is more than likely on every anglers bait “Bucket List”. You can have it all for the low, low price $26.10, all inclusive.

    Yes Sir! The Muskellunge, also known as muskelunge, muscallonge, milliganong, or maskinonge (and often abbreviated “muskie” or “musky”), is a species of large, relatively uncommon freshwater fish native to North America. The muskellunge is the largest member of the pike family, Esocidae. The common name comes from the Ojibwa word maashkinoozhe, meaning “UGLY PIKE”, by way of French masque allongé (modified from the Ojibwa word by folk etymology), “elongated face.” The French common name is masquinongé or maskinongé.

    Ugly Pike!? No kidding, eh!? Bill Hamblin has certainly done his research and studying up on a bit of etymology to boot.

    Following in Bill’s footsteps should not be to difficult for even the novice angler if you just follow a few simple, logical processes. As you well know, every long journey begins with the first step.

    Step one starts with a quote from Joseph B. Wirthlin.

    “Sometimes we make the process more complicated than we need to. We will never make a journey of a thousand miles by fretting about how long it will take or how hard it will be. We make the journey by taking each day step by step and then repeating it again and again until we reach our destination.”

    Step two is quite similar. “If you want to become as successful a Muskie angler as Bill Hamblin, watch what he does and then do exactly the same things. I have stated many times, that tactics are knowing what to do when there is something to do; strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do.

    Step three puts it all in perspective. Reading Bill Hamblin’s book will definitely give you these advantages.

    Here are a few Muskie facts that I have learned over the years by listening to the pros by following those procedures.

    1) Muskies move most during spring. Fall is the next most-active season. They are least active during summer. Muskie movements do not vary much by time of day during spring and fall. Fish were more active at night than at dusk or dawn or during the day during the summer.

    2) As might be expected, movement decreases as water temperature rises. Movement increases as water temperature decreases.

    3) Muskies were more likely to be found in open water in spring. Next popular place is wood cover such as fallen timber and brush; then cames plants; and finally bare shoreline. In summer, they used open water, wood and plants equally.

    4) During the summer, muskies moved to the warmest, shallowest water of the lake. The fish are typically forced higher in hot weather as oxygen levels in deeper water become too low to support life. Yet, even though cooler water with enough oxygen for them was available slightly deeper, the muskies chose to stay higher in the water column. Muskies were likely there to chase food or to use cover, such as weeds and rocks.

    The accompanying nautical chart will assist you in identifying those areas of interest to Bill Hamblin. By scrolling in to pick up the details, pay particular close attention to the thousands “Hot Spots” as indicated by the asterisks (*).

    As always Ladies and Gentlemen, be aware of the many under water (submarine) power cables just off shore in the entire east end of Georgian Bay.

    Book It !

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