How to Figure 8 for Muskie

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Today, we’re gonna talk about what muskie fishermen call “Figure 8-ing.”

Muskies are known to follow baits right up to the boat. The Figure 8 is the final enticement before you lift the lure and re-cast. Typically, you look for following muskies during the retrieve. But you may not always see them, so do this every time. Often, the sudden change in direction will trigger a strike.

Here’s the technique: The retrieve has brought the lure to within a rod’s length of the boat. While you still have 18 inches of line in the water, start making a complete Figure 8, keeping the lure at a steady speed or maybe even a little faster. The longer the rod, the more effective this technique.

Most important tip: no jaw-dropping! There is a very strong tendency to freak out and freeze when you see that monster following your lure. And usually, while you’re gawking, the lure stops moving, and the fish loses interest and turns away.

Do a Figure-8 every cast and you’ll be happily rewarded.


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Angelo Viola

ANGELO VIOLA is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected outdoor enthusiasts. His passion for the outdoors and skills as a creative director / producer have served him well crafting a broadcasting career in TELEVISION and RADIO that spans over 30 years. His relentless pursuit of the ultimate adventure and the ability to share the moment with audiences landed him the “best jobs in the world”, co host of The Fish’n Canada Show, The Outdoor Journal Television Show and Outdoor Journal Radio. In 2010 Angelo was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall Of Fame making him a true fishing legend.

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