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greetings rocketman. i've found your web site to be the most informative on st. clair musky. i've been keeping a journal of my musky adventures this year and i look forward to posting them on your web site (in the future). my father won the lakeside "big musky of the year". can you give me a web address to send in a photo? i'll be out sunday fishing american waters. drop me a line. capt nick of the "involuntary release"
nick podkowa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
sterling heights, mi usa - tuesday, november 20, 2001 at 23:08:51 (cst)
just got off the phone with my st.claire connection... as you know, fish are biting well ,maybe better for others?rocketman i decided you should save that comment for tournament weigh in.you see i hear there biting on TERMINATOR T-3...CARP...PERCHY...9 DOLLAR HOE...WHATEVER THERE CALLED I CANT GET THEM !!!! OR DO I REALLY NEED THEM? is this the way its going to be or can i get some danm lures. the lure whore
rob kompare <email@example.com>
chicago, il USA - Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 20:48:46 (CST)
you dont know me.but i know you and alot of your friends or enemys maybe?becouse i cant get a damn lure for the life of me!all year waiting for someone something ,anything.i dont live there but fish there alot!and have relized it is a damn conspiricy over there . you are not catching a fish if there is no blood sweat and tears involved in the lure! you are to much like me and want to fish more, so i have gone elsewhere for my lures and found some fresh sweat and tears .say hello to your competition!maybe one day you will want to trade and then i can say i have a terminator! good luck .... rob
rob kompare <firstname.lastname@example.org>
chicago, il USA - Monday, November 19, 2001 at 12:53:35 (CST)
Hey Kurt,Would you please let me know when you are going to start making your BADASS fish catching lures again??Iam in need of a couple of the Txs??I hope to get over to LSC soon!!Stick a pig and let her grow!!!!!!! C@R Dale
Dale Wendel <email@example.com>
charlotte, mi USA - Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 09:01:31 (CST)
Hello muskie hunters, my "fair weather" fishing buddies have called it a season,but I have unfinshed bussines with a few of those monsters that got away this year. I'm looking for a partner to fish with the rest of the season. I own a 2001 18ft. Tracker boat with a planer board mast and have U.S. and Canadian lisences. I'm free most weekends to fish. If your interested e-mail me a leave yor phone number. R. Gasiorek
robert gasiorek <rcgasiorek$peoplepc.com>
pittsfield , mi USA - Friday, November 02, 2001 at 18:07:05 (CST)
Hi Rocketman Fantastic site. I will be near Lake St. Clair on Nov. 10. Is there anyone you recommend to take me out? Do you charter? Please let me know. I would kill to get out. Also I am looking for a good fishfinder with GPS, what make and model do you recommend? Thanks Speedtroll
waterloo, on can - Thursday, November 01, 2001 at 17:00:00 (CST)
Hi Rocketman, your web site rules amoungst all muskie sites! This year for the first time I am going to try in late November. At what speed do you troll at this time of year? Do you do any things differently late in the season? I was thinking of trying the dumping grounds and the mile rds. , 9,10,11,12, Are these good areas this time of year? How deep or how far offshore would you fish by the American shore? What kind of weather conditions do you like this time of year? Thanks a lot. Your terminators caught me my biggest ski to date, 47" this past summer.(released)
OXFORD, MI USA - Thursday, November 01, 2001 at 09:46:17 (CST)
1. about 3.5 - 4 mph
Spent some time on you site again tonight, which sitrred up some memories, so I thought I would share this with your readers. About 3 years ago we took out a novice "mooskie" fisher person on the "EGG CEPTIONAL" who had never caught a "mooskie". Being a true muskie fishing "people" who consumed a lot of "Bud's" he hooked up with his first "mooskie" which was safely landed. We then went into the picture taking mode, our pal very proudly held up the fish for pictures. His problem was that he sat down a "bud" on the floor between his feet for the picture. Needless to say all of that muskie "jisom" dripped down into his beer. The fish was safely released after the pictures. Our pal then picked up his beer, took a big swig and very promtly started "barfing" up anything solid that was in his stomach. This is a very true story, we have the pictures. I am sure that we can all share hilarious moments about our quest for these ever elusive fresh water barracudas, this one will live with all of us, even when we are chasing them in muskie heaven. Great site!!!!
New Baltimore, Mi USA - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 22:34:16 (CST)
Thanks for the good story but we'll pass on the hurlin' pics for now.....
Hey Rocketman: Have a 1985 25' Cherokee Brave, 9'6" beam, 260 H.P. Merc Crusader, Inboard FOR Sale, Awesome Muskie boat. 1985, looking for $15K. Not quite sure if you want this on your site. Let me know!! Equipped with Big Jon planner board mast, trolling motor bracket, swim platform, huge live well, wash down, rod holders, GPS, ship to shore Hummingbird fish finder and more. Very motivated. Boat is in the water as of 10-29-2001. will be out before deer season. New boat is here. A new 25 Cherokee Brave is about $55,000.00 Over, Roger & Out
New Baltimore, Mi USA - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 22:03:37 (CST)
Howdy Dick, You can put boat ads here if you want. Send a pic and I'll put a link to it.
This is some serious lure schmoozing. Not only caught muskies this year (second year of Musky fishing) with Terminator's I nailed some big hawgs. We released all we caught. Even stuck one them hooks clean through one of my fingers. One hell of a day, bled for about two hours but avoided having to cut the lure. I just pulled that sucker back through after a couple of Canadian pops. Kurt I appreciate your prompt refund of our lost check that showed up some months late. You make great lures, have a great web site and I really appreciate reading all the postings on it. Any luck I had this year was due to your site. Can't wait until the candy store is open for order's. Oh by the way, you never did collect on them free brewski's. The offer stands.
Clinton township, MI USA - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 16:28:29 (CST)
Now that was some good schmoozing. And it's a damn good thing that you didn't take the sidecutters to my Terminator or I would have barred you from the Candy Store forever!
Rocketman - great site. I always come here but usually just check out the fishing report page. Do you really talk to other musky hunters while on the water? If so, what frequency. I wish more musky fisherman talked while on the water. At least it's fun to tell lies while you're paying your dues.
OH USA - Monday, October 22, 2001 at 18:09:00 (CDT)
Of course we talk on the radio, and don't even lie that much either! Try channel 17 most any Saturday afternoon that the wind isn't howling.
Yeee-haw to those US Marshall's!!..God Love 'em and keep em' safe. Hey Bud. Stew here. That there Mr. Assamma can kiss my Redneck Hillbilly Ass. Momma also wants to do her part 'n show all our Boy's over there her Biscuts. You know;.. giv'um incuragemint 'in stuff. "Jesus jumped up and played the fidel." I told her. She needs to keep those puppees wired and covered up. Well..., Back to fish'in. I here that there St. Clair lake is a mud-pit right now. None of my good Bud's Terminator Luears are gonna be seen by them there toothy critter's right now. Well, U gussed it. Crawlers. Yep, They can't see um , but they sure can smell'em. Let 'em get the scent and u got a 'Mooskie' to fight. Carp too- if thats your flavor. When the water clears, use those fancy baits if u have a like'en. Mamma showed me a couple my Bud gave her last week. Some fancy holographic/pixie gold creek chub or sumthin'. Damn nice of 'em I tell ya.. Make sure u put a crawler on em' though. Catch a big one. It's what Free People do. Have a cider for our Boys over there. Stew.
Fowler, Mi USA - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 21:36:12 (CDT)
Hey Stew, I like your wife's idea about boosting our boy's morale. Why not you go dig us up some of those Fowlerville Wigglers for a few hours and while you're doing that I can come over and take a few pics of them biscuts...for the boys morale of course.
Guys, If you want to see how well the wonderful MOMC tournaments do at releasing fish, read the report by Aquadesiac. Makes you wonder how many guys take a fish they believe is going to win a tournament and drag it across the lake only to have it not win and then end up DEAD. He says he is going to mount the fish now, but how many of these guys already have a big fish on the wall so the next big dead one ends up in the dumpster. DAMN sad, tired of seeing the MOMC preach catch and release in magazines and on the outdoor TV shows, only to kill fish for a plaque.
Toledo, OH USA - Friday, October 19, 2001 at 14:30:00 (CDT)
Hey Jonesman, I consider you a good friend and I know that your heart is in the right place but sometimes I just need to tell ya to lighten up a little bit.
rocketman hows it goin. im gonna try to get out on the water and hit it hard for the rest of the season. who knows maybe the tx i got will come in handy
new baltimore, mi USA - Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 18:33:57 (CDT)
Rocketman, Found a guide, will be fishing with Bushwacker Charters (Steve Van Asche) we will see. By the way, can anyone tell me what the wait at the Canadian border is like this week in Detroit?? Thanks! Sean
Musky Voo Doo <seant$techii.com>
Urbana, OH USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 15:50:21 (CDT)
While I was surfing the net for your web site I ran across "Rocketman' and got these jazzy drink dispensers that go on the back. One sure could use them with adult drinks in them .
jim lujack <bjlujack$hotmail.com>
hillsdale, mi USA - Monday, October 08, 2001 at 16:22:16 (CDT)
Yeah - Keeps those hands free for reeling!!!!
Cool site. thanks Poke'Mon
USA - Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 17:16:32 (CDT)
Hey Poke, My kids' got some of your cards. Pleased to meet ya!
great site ! no muskies around here but your techniques would work out here for salmon , stripers or albacore tuna .thanks
jeffrey hutchins <jth$sonic.net>
santa rosa , ca USA - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 03:45:05 (CDT)
Hi Jeffrey from California, Too bad you don't have any mooskies out there. I guess you better just move to Michigan huh? Now would be a good time; the weather is getting nice. You are right, the techniques and baits work on all kinds of weird ocean things. Wanna see? Click here
Hey rocketman. When are you going to make some more lures. I need them bad...
Kokomo, In USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 19:01:24 (CDT)
Come on, you can do better schmoozing than that!
Hey Kurt, Thanks for the tips the other night at the meeting!!I think you opened a few eyes on LSC.I hope to get back over in the next couple of weeks let me know if you want to hook-up and stick some big girls????? C$R Dale
USA - Saturday, September 22, 2001 at 09:09:16 (CDT)
Hi Dale, That was my pleasure. Thanks for putting up with me for an hour. I hope you guys are all as confused as I am now. Misery loves company!
Hello all. I am trying to locate a company that sells musky lure compoments. I need a winter hobby so I thought I'd save myself some money and make some of my own lures to troll with next season. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Send an email if you can help.
Al Crooks <acrooks$peoplepc.com>
Roseville, MI USA - Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 14:52:16 (CDT)
I am going to bring 2 co-workers to LSC to fish for Muskies Oct. 11-13. I am trying to find a Muskie guide for Friday 12-Oct-01. Does anyone know how to contact Capt. Jay ("Little Chip"). How about any other experienced Muskie guides that might be active that late in the season? Thanks for the help. Sean
Muskie VooDoo <seant$techii.com>
Urbana, OH USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 10:14:47 (CDT)
Hi Sean, Don't know this Capt Jay??? There are a couple guides listed on my links page. You might want to give them a try if you havent found anybody yet.
Awesome website! Just wondered how you did on 9/15. I was on my way to my boat at Miller Marina when I saw you going down 696 toward the lake. As I was getting gas I saw you goind out of the cannel. I tried to raio you on the lake but didn't know if you had yours on and what channel. I was hailing on 9 a couple times. Keep up the good work and I would sure like to try some of those Terminators. I feel I have a pretty good selection of fish catching lures but a few more would be nice.
Ed aboard the Aquadesiac <epascua90$msn.com>
Plymouth , Mi USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 16:28:34 (CDT)
Hi Ed, We sucked bad the last time out but it was fun anyways. Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you!
I was a Muskie virgin until last week. I boated two fish in four 12 hour days. My first was a 29" and then a 49".(both in the same afternoon) I'm addicted!! Got a box full of baits already. Lake of The Woods ROCKS!
Dale Gronberg <oldlures$qwest.net>
Hamel, MN USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 08:42:45 (CDT)
Rockman: I have just move to the Alpena are from Duluth Min. I am trying to find information on Thunder Bay and the lakes surrouding the Alpena area. If you know anyone who can help or guides for Muskies in this area please forward my address. Thank you. Chris Harsch
Chris Harsch <cgharsch$alpena.cc.mi.us>
Alpena, mi USA - Monday, September 10, 2001 at 23:22:29 (CDT)
Hi Rocketman! Great website! I went out to Lakeside Bait and Tackle a few weeks back when I was visiting a friend of mine hoping to find some Terminator Lures there but they don't have any. Are you taking orders yet or is there a shop out there that has some in stock? I have a small boat and can only run a few lines right now so I would like 2 to start. I am thinking Blue Wormy and Perch or Crackle Frog. On the fishing reports, these colors seem produce best. Do you have a better recommendation for two colors to start with? I am going to have to build my supply up slowly. I am coming back out to try for muskie again in 2 weeks. Our first trip we got a 45" brute on a spoon. I am sure we would have caught more if I had a Terminator or 2. Thanks for all your advise on this site and for those who contribute on the fishing reports!
Grand Rapids, mi USA - Monday, September 10, 2001 at 16:36:04 (CDT)
Hi Scott, Sorry but no baits available just yet. Now is the time for muskie fishing, not bait making.
I took the bait on that one....I am sorry I could'nt make it out to Lansing. It was likely well worth the trip...Do you have any other speaking dates set for this fall east of brighton??? I am worried that you may have wised up the boys out west to the LSC musky action, its a big lake!!...andy
Andy Hartz <ahartz$home.com>
USA - Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 17:03:01 (CDT)
Hey rocketman, can you give us a cliffs notes version of your talk about fall muskys on the pond...Whow was it???...do those inland lake muskys dudes know anything we don't???...thanks...andy
Andy Hartz <ahartz$home.com>
USA - Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 20:55:36 (CDT)
Hi Andy, You didn't miss anything bud. I just gave 'em the GPS numbers for that sunken barge we found where we have been getting all those 30 pounders and everyone there got a complimentary new Pixie Dust color T3 that's been catching 'em. Then I passed out copies of the grid map so all our fishing reports make sense (C21 etc) and gave them my secret radio frequencys and cell phone number so we can collaborate on the water. See, you didn't miss a thing!
HEY i caught my first muskie this weekend and it was 38 inches and im only 15 years old i thought was really good to catch such a big first fish
Zack Chosnyk <Prozac2704$aol.com>
Byron, IL USA - Monday, August 27, 2001 at 20:31:37 (CDT)
Zack, You rock dude! Let's go fishing! I'll pick you next Saturday. Oh yeah, you need to bring those two older sisters of yours...
Rocketman;I signed on & placed a message on Aug. 15 but I gave an incorrect e-mail add. if you answer the correct add. is Monroej$montcnty.org...I'm as new to the computer as i am to muskie hunting.
Jerry Monroe <Monroej$montcnty.org>
Middletown, Oh USA - Friday, August 24, 2001 at 12:20:43 (CDT)
Rocketman, UPS delivered the new ones you made friday. The only problem is that I dont want to fish with them. They look way too good for that. I just want to drink beer and look at them. Thats what we did friday and it was a cosmic experience. I am afraid if I get them in the water then the will get all chewed up and it wont be as much fun to look at them anymore. How about since i wrote this great testimonial that you make me some more just like them for free. Then I can have some to fish with and some to drink beer and look at. thanks in advance. Jim
Jim Glynn <esox35lbs$hotmail.com>
Farmington Hills, MI USA - Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 12:01:20 (CDT)
Yo Jim, What the hell are you talking about? I drink beer and look at my T-baits in the boat while fishing all the time. Once you had enough beers you can't even hardly see the chew marks anyhow - and if you can, just drink more beer. Seriously tho, you need a lot better bribe than that to get free lures.
I'm trying to gather all the info I can about fishing the South Channel for muskie. Can anyone suggest a good spot to launch a 16' deep V from the Canadian side? Does this area produce into the fall? How's the boat traffic and water current? Thanks for the feedback guys. Ron
Kitchener, Canada - Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 11:00:15 (CDT)
I have to go to the canadian side to fish (Deerbrook) so it's only fair that you should have to come over here. There's a great ramp on the Clinton River at North River Road (off I-94) and it's the closest you're gonna get to the south channel.
Rocketman;I've been fishing SC for smallmouth for a few yrs. Just getting intrested in muskies. I have a bass boat...can it be rigged for muskie? I'll be spending more time on the lake since we bought a cottage at Mitchell's Bay.Do you guide or can you point me in the right direction?Would appreciate any and all help you can give a nubbie.
Jerry Monroe <Monroej$montcty.org>
Middletown, Oh USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 10:30:28 (CDT)
Bassboats are great for muskies! Just paint it bluefrog color and hang a couple size 105/0 trebles off the stern and one off the bow. I had a major one on that hit a bassboat rigged just like that but it had this wierd red star painted on it.....
Marty, try the dumping grounds, they are on the canadian side of the shipping channel down near the river. Also try any of the channels up in the flats, south and middle channel likely the best ..the spillway can be good at times..also the sand bar along strawberry island...get a chart and find these things...and the number one thing you can do to catch LSC muskys from now till ice up....get a canadian license...Approx, 17, 35, 55 dollars for a seven day, seasonal conservation and the full license...hope this helps..andy
Andy Hartz <ahartz$home.com>
USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 06:27:05 (CDT)
help new to this game, only have a 16' deep v is there any good areas on the american side ?????? what speed is the best been trolling at 4.5 - 5.0 mph. rocketman thanks for the great set up pages now please sell me some terminators i just know thats my problem no terminators.
wixom, mi usa - tuesday, august 14, 2001 at 20:55:54 (cdt)
the lower end of the detroit river sucks its full of weeds boats and wyane county sheriffs that like to pull you over for no reason just as soon as you get your boards out and running if you must fish their fish along groise ile west side only east side holds fish to but their are many under water obsticle dont take my advice and you can put a hole in your boat just like i did TO CLYDE i cant put lokes number on rocket mans web site but all you haft to do is call imfomation and ask for it rememer he makes lures as a hobby not a job so dont piss him off
wyandotte, mi USA - Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 19:25:53 (CDT)
guys try fishing a mile and a half to two miles out from the basset use terminators or lokes make sure there frog patterns and there straights run them about 40 and 4. anybody out there with some terminators for sale?
new baltimore, mi USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 19:21:35 (CDT)
I was wondering if any one has tried speed trolling on the lower Detroit River and or the north end of lake erie (mouth of the Detroit River) I know that muskies have been caught by many different fisherman (wallaye, bass, etc.). I don't want to know your favorite areas to fish just trying to find out if it would be worth my time to try in this general area.
bob lesner <bobby$ili.net>
Brownstown township, Mi USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 09:08:34 (CDT)
Clyde: Saw your post regarding what you percive as tight lipped musky hunters not sharing secrets. I would argue that the fishing reports on this site are some of the most detailed, almost technical, description of what caught what and how. Anywhere else you hear very generic descriptions about where and how...a recent fishing report detailed how the guy ran sw/NE trolls along the south channel in X amount of feet of water, using X bait with so much line out. Anyone who knows anything about fishing could go repeat that guys exact pattern. Musky fishing for me is a variation of time tested techniques of bigger weight, different baits, varied speed, downriggers, etc.....Not to mention your choice of areas of the lake to fish. The reports are a great way of fisherman telling others what worked for them on a particlar day at a particular spot on the lake. I have learned a great deal from the reports in the short two months i have been reading, maybe that says something about what I knew to begin with!!!!...keep the reports coming...andy
Andy Hartz <Ahartz$home.com>
USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 22:09:35 (CDT)
rocketman i got a serious problem. the only site i can find about st. clairs great muskie fishery is yours do u know of any other good st. clair muskie websites similair to yours? cause ive looked and yours is the only good one i can find. thanks alot
new baltimore, mi USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 10:26:34 (CDT)
Yo Clyde, My links page has got some other good sites, there are lots of new fishing reports added, I posted this post on the guestbook, the home page is updated, and if you want your mugshot on the home page you need to spend a lot less time on the computer and more time on the water (and catch a big fish on a Terminator)!!!!
no one has been posting messages in the questbook or fishing reports? cmon fellas u need to help a guy out share some info. great site rocketman u need to change the new post some of ure own stuff in the questbook and in fishing reports and new picture at the home page ive read this site a million times i eep reading it i cant understand y
new baltimore, mi USA - Monday, August 06, 2001 at 10:41:27 (CDT)
Great web site! Need info for this weekend's attempt. Where is public launch site on the Michigan side nearest the action this time of year? Thanks in advance.
John Wall <johnwall$pccval.com>
pk. ridge, il USA - Monday, August 06, 2001 at 09:17:18 (CDT)
The DNR ramp at the end of North River Road, but Deerbrook in Canada is a lot more fun (and the Canadian MuskieBabes go topless too)
thanks for the offer, but now that the rocketman is famous and all I think it is sound to keep it. I am not even sure its mine...I need to check with one of musky buddies..andy
Andy Hartz <aHartz$home.com>
USA - Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 19:57:56 (CDT)
andy hartz i will buy that anglers limited diary 9/20 or whatever its called off u ill pay u some extra k?
new baltimore, mi USA - Friday, August 03, 2001 at 10:27:44 (CDT)
stewart your a little on the different side buddy. im pretty sure terminators will work better then your crawlers. hell im pretty sure that terminators work better then all of those other baits.
new baltimore, mi USA - Friday, August 03, 2001 at 10:25:11 (CDT)
if anyone has any terminators for sale ill buy them off u. if anyone has lokes or knows where i can get a hold of some ill buy em off u and it would e greatly appreciated
new baltimore, mi USA - Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 11:13:56 (CDT)
Yee-haw, Hey Bud, Stew here. Boy I thawt my spellin' was bad. Che-hee, Clyde and Brad need to do some Carp fishin with Ole' Stew here. Drop me a line fella's. I can't spell worth a damn ether. He he. What a hoot. What in Sam Hill are lokes anyways..? Hmm, Hell, I'll tell ya what to use guys. .. Yep, U gessed it. Crawlers. My Bud's busy fishin', not make'in those fancy lures of his, so Crawlers are your best bet. Those darn Muskies need to get the scent. As I been tellin my Bud Rocketman. Mamma's been tell'in him too. Don't say noth'in about mamma ether. She can out fish me if I'd gone done drank a few ciders. I can still net em thow. I haven't lost a fish yet that was my fault. Well, Jesus drank a beer and Ole Stew here goin to join him. Later Bud.
Fowler, MI USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 22:47:23 (CDT)
this is for brad from wyndattaoe or anyone who knows about lokes how much does the price run and does anyone know the numer i can call for port loke to buy some lures and if anyone out there has some good lokes i will buy them off u
new baltimore, mi USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 20:40:56 (CDT)
clyde try calling infomation for port loke in fair haven mi ps dont piss him off or your screw it up for the rest of us
wyandotte, mi USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 18:59:22 (CDT)
if anyone out there has some lokes i can buy off them or knows where i can get some i would greatly appreciate it.
new baltimore, mi USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 09:32:16 (CDT)
I was wondering about a few things and would like some comments from other Muskie maniacs. 1) Is Canada 2x better for fishing than US waters? I mean I'd rather have double the rods out if possible and just fish the US side. 2) My normal middle of the year trolling speed is 3.8-4.3mph. Averaging 4.0. It seems so much easier to fish different depths at slower speed. Has anyone tried 2.5-3mph for any extended periods? How about speed trolling 5mph and above? 3) I've caught large fish on small lures and small fish on large lures. There has been no correlation between lure and fish size. Anyone find that odd? 4)Color seems moot too! I,ve never seen a baifish with a white body and a red head, but my salty Rapala works great. What the heck is a firetiger supposed to look like anyway? I've caught more fish on firetiger than anything. It seems taboo for musky fisherman to share secrets. Maybe this web site is a good place to start.
Christopher P Press <spressdds$prodigy.net>
new baltimore, mi USA - Thursday, July 26, 2001 (CDT)
rocketman let me at lest buy some TX's of u man for the fall. cmon man i need some of ure baits unless im gonna have to keep buying lokes and wileys and substitute nils master for ure TX's get a big one
new baltimore, mi USA - Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 10:54:31 (CDT)
Hey Rocketman, the last several times out Lokes have out produced Wileys and Terminators by a wide margin.(Terminators did catch the biggest fish however.)Lokes are like Wileys in that you have to get a good one. Maybe 1 in 5 is a good one if your lucky. Why not do for Lokes what you did for Wileys, where every lure is a good lure along with the improved quality and durability Terminators are famous for. This way I wouldnt have to buy a whole bunch just to hope I get a couple good ones. Every Terminator/Loke would be a good lure!
OXFORD, MI USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 17:36:58 (CDT)
Hey Rocketman, while perusing my bait box the other day I found a very interesting terminator bait I forgot I had or where it came from. This is a one piece bait, a T2 I beleive, painted dark green with dark spots on it. I know, I know it sounds a number of baits you have sold,,,but on the lip is engraved "Angler Diary Limited Edition 9/20".....is this a bait you did for the angler diary program as a reward to participants????...I assume it is. When were these produced??..have you done such an arrangment since???...as always it is a great bait. Hey guys...the terminators are great but Mooskies hit lots of other baits as well....from now till almost ice up...anywhere along the canadian shoreline.....let the rocketman fish already!!!......Andy
Andy Hartz <Ahartz$home.com>
USA - Monday, July 23, 2001 at 21:47:31 (CDT)
Ooooohhh, that's a rare one. I made about a dozen of them in '98. It's a straight T3 SS/E in flip-flop green/brown paint and there will never be any more. Clyde or Brice would probably pay big bucks for that one!!!
rocketman the reason i asked where u get loke lures is because i can never get my hands on your terminators and i need some damn new baits so when are u gonna be open for business? and i think i snagged ure rod the other day rocketman and then i believe the forty pounder on there pulled it back under then threw the blue wormys right off it. so i have the blue wormys and ill be out soon and u can bet ill catch ure rod. i thought the rod wouldnt fall of those bolted down- easters rod holders?
New Baltimore, Mi USA - Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 10:55:44 (CDT)
It didn't fall out of the rod holder. It got pulled right out of my hand! You know, if you want to sell those blue wormys Brice will pay a good price for 'em ha ha!
Hi Rocketman, Great website! I have surfed in many times but your terminator lures are always sold out!! which leads me to my problem Rocketman, you see, I just bought a new boat that I have docked down in Brest Bay (lake erie) & I think that a run up the river is in order before the summer is over! and my questions for you are: #1 what week would be good to spend on St Clair for good musky fishing? & #2 what do I have to do to get my hands on a few terminator lures? (I'll pay extra)
ferndale, mi USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 16:13:10 (CDT)
i have lived on a musky lake for the last 30 years and i have yet to catch one. this year i want to spend more of my time and attention trolling for muskies with bucktail spinners. however this lake is only about 10 to 12 feet in depth. how much line should i let out when i'm trolling. i have heard that u should only have about 15 to 20 feet of line from tip to lure. wouldn't the prop spook the fish?
cobourg, on can - Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 13:11:01 (CDT)
Props attract muskies. I have a blue wormy color one for silty blue water, a flourescent chatrtruse one for when it's muddy and a fire tiger color one I run just before dark.
Hey, great site. Just wanted to say that alot of your tips and set ups are working great. Just got a planer board mask for my 18 ft. Lund, where do the rod holders mount? Thanks for the site. Jay
centerline, Mi USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 22:22:37 (CDT)
I mounted mine on the boat. If you find a better place let me know OK?
hey did anyone catch the picture in the paper last week?? 54"er, very nice but I doubt that fish will swim to well with a gaff in its mouth not to mention on black top. Keep on taking those big fish home guys!! maybe we can eliminate a great fishery. Note: disposable cameras run about $7 and about the same for a tape measurer.
Riverview, MI USA - Monday, July 16, 2001 at 13:41:50 (CDT)
thanks for all the info rocketman, I have a boat in emerald city harbor and had a ton of questions before I found your site... I just wish I could snag some of those awsome terminator lures... but I do appreciate all your help and tips good fishing
Flint, mi USA - Monday, July 09, 2001 at 23:19:45 (CDT)
Yo Gotropes, just drag a blue cannonball with a 20/0 hook on the bottom at the deep end of the Belle Hump and you might snag a rod with TWO Terminators on it that got pulled out of my boat there a couple weeks ago. The coordinates are 42-20-839 and 82-39-884. That's a secret spot so don't tell anybody.
Hey Rocketman, This is my fourth year coming to St. Clair and I love It. Run into you one time at Deerbrook Marina and my friend Gary Teskie fished with ya once a few years ago. I'm heading up tomorrow july 6th for the weekend. How can I reach ya on the marine radio? My handle and boat name is MUSK-E-LUND. I'm not sure exactly where We will be fishin but Probably start at the bell R. I have yet to get a fish over 41"es up there do you have any suggestions for getting a real pig?
Mike "musk" CLine <musk60$hotmail.com>
South Euclid, OH USA - Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 14:45:55 (CDT)
Nope, I only talk to MuskieBabes on the radio.
Can anybody out there give me the email address to a Mike Asher. The last I heard from him he was guiding at Wollaston Lake Lodge in Saskatchewan. He is a muskie and pike fisherman and last known address on the internet was "pikeman" Thanks for any followups
Swen Soderstrom <swensoderstrom$aol.com>
Savannah, GA USA - Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 11:35:44 (CDT)
Last time I saw him he was selling blue downrigger balls on some street corner in Benton Harbor and I think his email is pikeman$BentonBlueBalls.com
Sir, I enjoy your site, have been reading it regularly. Never caught a musky, only fished that side of the state once - for walleye in Erie. Am being relocated to the Grand Blanc/Auburn Hills area, and WILL take up musky fishing as a replacement for salmon, so keep up the site - it is greatly appreciated. FisherJoe
TBD, USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 11:44:44 (CDT)
Yo Joe, You're out of luck dude. I'm changing this site to Rocketman's Salmon Salmmin' and moving to lovely Benton Harbor effective next week!
Hey Rocketman, do you think that downriggers would work on St. Clair for muskies. The nice thing about it is that its relatively weedless, but do you think that the wire and the ball would scare the fish? If you use downriggers for muskies how long a lead do you run and how deep do you typically set them?
USA - Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 22:07:31 (CDT)
Yo Michael, downriggers work great for muskies and they are not scared of cannonballs either. They eat 'em. Just paint them Blue Wormy colored and stick a 20/0 hook on the back and run 'em about 1' above the bottom and HANG ON!!!!! That's a secret so don't tell anybody.
Hey Rocketman, Do your terminators come in shallow runners? We troll anchor bay and with low water we run short leads and shallow divers mostly Cordell,bomers,large rapalas. We have been out 8 times this year and are having a tough time putting a big gator in the boat, we have got 2 big ones so far 25# and 20# and many smaller fish. Is the weather to blame here because last year by this time I had 25 fish already with 13 of those fish being big snakes? One more question On opening weekend is that muskie tournement a kill or release? How do you release a muskie in a tournement? Thanks AL
shelby twp, mi USA - Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 01:54:13 (CDT)
Yo Al, Let's see...Hmmmm....a T3 on a board 10 and 0 only runs about 1 1/2 foot down. That's a secret so don't tell anybody. Sorry but I can't comment on that tournament. Maybe someone from the club could explain how it's done ha ha.
Hey Buddy, Che- he, that wuz funny about the little lady..! Boy! U R A card my friend! Thats why I Luv ya. Not sure u want to see Mama's biscuts wittout no wire leader under um (u now what I'm saying Bud, as in bud- wieser). Cananada or no Cananada. Too much,,anyhoo, Carp terminators huh?. When were talkin' Carp, were talkin' my langwage. How about the little lady and I scar up sum smaller ones we can throw on a hook. See ya up at dat dar launch and U know- troll reaL SLOO0W, "LET THEM GET THE SCENT". No one believes me but I tell um' every time. "Let em' get the scent" -Work those flats a little, and if things get slow we can toss a spinner with a crawler or 2 at em', or one of those fancy Terminators u Love so much. Up to U, Ether way, were fishin, were drinkin'. and mama's happy!, Later, Your bud,- and call me Stew
Follar, mi USA - Monday, June 04, 2001 at 23:27:31 (CDT)
Hey Stew, I HAVE seen lots of them biscuts - both with and without the supporting structure. I like 'em the best in that little red thing with the holes in it. Whoops, sorry, maybe you don't know about that one! By the way, I bet the fish are going to be biting like crazy this Friday evening, say from about 8:00pm until about midnight. Why don't you go get some of them big Arkansas Wigglers and give it a shot! I can't make it 'cause I am going to a late dinner in Follar that night....
I found your site last year when looking into Musky fishing and started to gather some new gear, well with the basics from your web pages I caught my first Musky on My first trip. 44" Thanks RocketMan !!!! C.T.SLIM
C .T .SLIM <creid$tir.com>
Lapeer, Mi. USA - Monday, June 04, 2001 at 17:43:00 (CDT)
Dammit rocketman when are you ever going to make some more lures????????? Every time I try to order them it says your to busy or to come back in december or some crap like that and now your oder page says sorry we cant find that page. you sure dont know much about how to run a busines! if you ever deside to take care of your customers again then how about letting me knw because i need to buymore txs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jim Glynn <esox35lbs$hotmail.com>
Redford, MI USA - Saturday, May 05, 2001 at 11:31:40 (CDT)
Hi Jim, Thank you for your thoughts. I am sorry to hear that you are having difficulties with my web site and are unable to procure TXs in a timely manner. Please give me a call at the phone number on my order page and I will give you 50 free TXs at no charge to make up for your trouble. I'll also throw in $1500 cash so you can get a better 'puter that can find that page. Just let me know when you are going out of town again and I'll drop it all off with Mrs. Glynn.
cool site rocket man nice to see some fish from home , but you guy's got a long way to go to catch the musk-n-ator. see you on the lake.
John Miller <jonygonfishn>
royal oak , mi USA - Saturday, April 14, 2001 at 21:48:31 (CDT)
Hey rocketman whats happenin?? i judt wanted to no when r u gonna sell some more terminators?! ive been waiting like 2 years or somethin. also cant wait for the season ti start gettin my boat rigged up and youll see me win a few tournaments. alos do u no where i can find those loke lures??? well tell me when u get some more terminators have a good one
New Baltimore, MI USA - Saturday, April 14, 2001 at 19:45:06 (CDT)
Clyde, Ya know, I am almost insulted because you asked me about where to get Loke lures. What's up with that!?! Would you go into a Ferarri dealership and ask them where you can buy a Geo??? You are lucky that's it's after 9:00am and I have already had a couple brewskis and I am in a good mood 'cause otherwise I wouldn't tell you that the order page is back up for a while (and it won't be a very long while either ha ha).
In Canada, a fishing line must not have more than four hooks. An artificial lure with a gang of up to three hooks is considered to be one hook. If anybody has any ideas on how to run four baits off one rod without getting a big tanglef!!k when you get a fish on, I'd love to hear about it. I guess a double rig off of your main line and one off your slider would due the trick, but I've never tried it. It might screw up your lure depths. Anybody have any thoughts.
Lake St. Clair, MI USA - Friday, March 23, 2001 at 12:09:40 (CST)
Hey Rocketman just wanted to say this was the best sight I've been to yet.As long as I know there is an individual out there as twisted as I am is a big comfort.After a windy day in July last year in Anchor Bay I decided my sixteen footer wasn't going to cut it.But now that I got the "21" you bet you'll see me out there.When you see a young punk flipping you off and yelling obscenities because you're catching more fish THAT WILL BE ME. (Just kidding) LATER!!!!
Doug Callihan <irvbunch$iserv.net>
Hastings, MI USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 22:24:44 (CST)
Uh, Hi Rocketman, I was thinkin of Musky fishing and I was hopeing u would take me. I'm a great guy and I've caught a few Big Carp in my time. U seem really cool and i know we would have fun. Maybe I can teach u a little about Carp fishin'. You would Love that too. Would u mind if my wife came? She likes to Carp fish too. Let me know. My wife would be happy to scar up some fixin's. I love your baits. I think Live baits are better, but if I had to use fake baits they would be yours. I might put a night crawler on a hook or two. U know. Let them get the scent. Let me know, your bud Stewart. My friends call me Stew
foller, Mi USA - Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 15:38:50 (CST)
Hey Stew, nice to hear from you again bud. Yeah fishing sounds great and sure your wife can come along. Better yet, why not just send her and I'll keep her busy and that will give ya plenty of time to dig us up a bunch of crawlers for the next time! By the way, be sure to remind her that we'll be fishing in Canada and bras are illegal there so she can leave hers at home.
Dear Rocketman,back a few years ago your buddy and I went down to the pond and fished all day long for them long fish.It rained the wind blew the water got spookey still and the Moter City Muskie Man put on one heck of a show for me and a friend called Champ. We had 11 fish on and netted 5 of those long things and I wanted to let you guys know I have all the respect in the world for what you do out their. I worked with don for thirty years + In Saline.I now have a boat to get back on the big water with all you folks and have some more fun! Will let you go for now but pass this on to Don and old Neptune says hello! Doug Smith over here in Clinton.
Doug Smith <Joesmith$lni.net>
Clinton, Mi USA - Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 20:03:12 (CST)
MEMBERS WANTED FOR MICHIGAN MUSKIE ALLIANCE!!!!!!!! We welcome you to join in our efforts to re-build the Muskellunge fishery in Michigan.Funds raised by Michigan Muskie Alliance will be used for Muskellunge education,conservation,stocking and research.We will promote the release of non-trophy Muskellunge and raise public awareness concerning the value of the Muskellunge to the economy of Michigan.The meetings will be held in lansing at gander mountain.Next meeting Apr.5th 7:00 pm.This is our sign-up meeting so please come and bring a friend or two.
Dale L Wendel <michiganmuskiealliance$yahoo.com>
Charlotte, Mi USA - Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 21:21:16 (CST)
Just a question, what is a E-99 form?
Macomb, MI USA - Monday, March 12, 2001 at 11:16:42 (CST)
It's a form that you get at Canadian Customs. It's free, takes about 5 minutes, and you need your boat and registration with you.
Howdy Kurt, The terminaters I got from you last year were very nice looking and running Lures. The carp color is my favorite. Im guiding on Hudson, Thornapple and the Traverse city lakes around Torch Lake. I will be getting some more of those totally killer lures. do you have terminater stickers? I am a co founder of the new Michigan Musky Hunters Club. There are many guys here who want to get some of your baits. We should fish some time. You ever up my way give me a buzz. Kingfisher
Muskegon, mi USA - Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 18:48:51 (CST)
hi i do alot of trolling and like to get a few terminator baits to try. i caught 64 last year 4 weeks in canada helped. love the web site, and the on line fishing reports great idea. let me know if i can get some this year or put me on the list for next year. thanks musky 3249
john arndt <musky 3249>
lake villa, ill USA - Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 13:14:24 (CST)
John, check the "Get Some" page in a couple weeks. If the NASDAQ bloodbath continues I might have to make a few more for beer money!!!!
Hey Kurt, Great site,been following it for a few years now.I used to fish every weekend out of Bell river in 98 and 99 until the man showed his ugly face.Also blows even more to here the rumors that a fisherman from Ohio is calling him on a cell phone to report other non-compliant fishermen.(hope its just that,a rumor) Sorry to hear about the new regs. not being changed.I'm boycotting Bell River until then. Keep trying, Great Lures. Catch a big one!
Kevin Selders <predater$ncool.net>
Galion, Oh USA - Friday, February 23, 2001 at 22:13:37 (CST)
Hey Kevin, I have heard all kind of wild rumors too. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. I personally know 2 guys who got popped running 4 rods and it cost them $2000 in fines, costs, and confiscated equipment so my advice is to learn how to run sliders ha ha. Even with only one rod per angler it's still worth it over there sometimes.
Howdy Rocketman, Skope here from Indy asking if I need to apply for a border pass to fish both sides of St.Clair. Coming up in July and want to fish both the Michigan side and the Canadian side and plan on buying both licenses. Wondered if I would need a border pass since I have heard the Canadians are getting wierd about enforcing crossing the water into another country without going through customs! Any suggestions would be appreciated. Your website has really helped me become a better muskie fisherman. Keep up the good work. I am on your site at least once a week, checking the fishing reports. Thanks for the tips, Chuck Skope
Chuck Skopelja <chuck.skopelja$nelsonstud.com>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Friday, February 23, 2001 at 17:46:01 (CST)
Chuck, You need both lisences and an E-99 Form that you get at Canadian Customs. It's free, takes about 5 minutes, and you need your boat and registration with you. Get a Big One!
Wow, a most awesome website. I will be dragging meat on saginaw in July with my michigoonian brother. WMWC tournament on the 14th, it is a good time, we placed 11th last year. Had'nt fished there before, so we did okay. Anyways I told him I won't drive out if we don't hit your pond this year, he caved in, we're there!Living up here by lake of the woods I boat my share of skis, he's never got one, that will most likely change when we fish your pond, your way, and hopefully he will become an addict like us! started looking around today for info on st claire trolling techniques, found your site, many thanks, just what I was looking for! What do ya think- should i bring my grandmas, jakes and other L.O.W trolling baits or should I just pick up a half dozen or so of those terminators? We'll be there the 15th & 16th of july- where should we launch? Any tips on spots to fish? Or should we cruise around looking for a slimy tyee! Anyways I will defineitly be chacking this website, and counting the days!
Greg Norman <gkn$wiktel.com>
Roseau, mn USA - Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 19:59:30 (CST)
I am usuually a die hard bass man but I caught my first muskie earlier this fall and I absolutly fell in love with it. I was throwing a cheap chartreuse spinner bait and I couldn't stop catching them. Any thing you can tell me about what color to throw in the spring with really clear water? Any info would bve greatly appriciated.
Fremont, Ne USA - Saturday, February 17, 2001 at 16:12:28 (CST)
ROCKETMAN > It took me from Thanksgiving to February to sleep the Turky Off - drilling holes in ice and looking down now, woudn't want to miss anything - LOL. March 1 I'll need your March Lunar - LOL. Laughter is the " Best Of Medicines " - Your The Doctor !!!!!!! NOTE: Don't drag your Bu## over the side of the boat in the Lk St Clair water or OLD MOONEYE will think it's a Terminator - LOL.
Clinton, Mi USA - Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 14:19:44 (CST)
Have heard alot about you and about St. Clair, so lets get rid of the snow and get ready cause I'll be there in July. http://home.columbus.rr.com/musky/index.htm
Jim Krajcik <JMK1940$columbus.rr.com>
Hilliard, OH USA - Monday, February 12, 2001 at 17:27:55 (CST)
Yo Jim, Yeah I agree the snow is getting a little old. I took my web page and put it outside to see if it would melt some of it but it's only 15F so it might take a while...
Primo sight and info! anyone out there do any musky fishing downriver? need some tips and locals. Have found plenty of northerns but hate the long boat ride to St. Clair! catch and release only. Let me know.
Scott K <fishheads10$home.com>
Rivervirew, mi USA - Monday, February 12, 2001 at 17:00:22 (CST)
Members wanted for new Muskies Inc. chapter, here in lower MI. Will be meeting in Lansing. Please contact: Dale L Wendel phone:(517)543-9627 e-mail:srw$voyager.net
Dale L Wendel <srw$voyager.net>
charlotte, Mi USA - Thursday, January 25, 2001 at 17:35:49 (CST)
once gain I find myself staring at "those women" on your web page.But not to worry,I have the blanket mysteriously draped over computer,monitor and myself so family cannot see. seriously.....are your hot terminator lures available to the general public at Lakeside Tackle(10 mile and Jefferson)? If not what a thoughtprovoking suggestion??? well I gotta go.I am running out of oxegen under the blanket.
mosherville, mi USA - Thursday, January 25, 2001 at 19:18:27 (CST)
Hey Hopalong, I think that you've been under your blankey too long already. The only problem with that Lakeside idea is that I used to do that but they sold them faster than I could make them. Besides, I only have enough time to make about 600-800 per year and this year's batch is already almost sold out. Come up for air and then give me a new idea.
Rocketman Great site, I drool everytime I come to your site. I am a novice muskie fisherman, have had some followups but no takers up to this point. But I am persistant, I will catch one of those monsters, I just have to figure out how to get them to take the bait. Maybe I need a different bait...I will have to check out your bait section. I fish in Wisconsin any suggestions on what baits work on Wisconsin waters?
Joel Smits <editor$wildgamegallery.com>
green bay, wi USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 07:34:53 (CST)
Terminators, especially colors 1 - 99.
Love your snow. Kinda reminds me of Christmas. I really like the look of your web page. By the way, where is the Musky Babe contest?
Tom Pinckney <MuskieKid$webTV.net>
Gaithersburg, Md USA - Thursday, January 18, 2001 at 06:04:32 (CST)
You got a potential entry there MuskieKid????
Hand over hand is the way to do it. Don't let it scare ya, it's a blast. Especially when you get em by the boat and they decide to take off. DON"T EVER EVER wrap the line around your finger unless you want to be nicknamed Stubby! You know when they are going to take off because you see their long body filling with adrenalin and they look you in the eye and say "Bite this B****". I HATE THE COLD!!!!!!!!!! DAMMIT!!!!!!!
Frozen Over , ICE USA - Friday, January 05, 2001 at 20:45:08 (CST)
Could someone explain the slider presentation that rocketman explains in the hot tips section. Anytime I have run sliders (typically on downriggers), they are only 6 to 8 ft. long. He show a 20 to 40 ft leader (I understand you need that length to get the bait at the right depth). If the fish hits the slider line, what do you do when you get to the other bait. I'm not sure I want to hand line the fish from there.
Harrison Twp., MI USA - Friday, January 05, 2001 at 08:49:17 (CST)
Rocketman ~~~~~~~ Need Lunar updated for Jan / I'm out there after'um - need to read the Moon to get near OLD MOONEYE - LOL >
Clinton, Mi USA - Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 17:30:25 (CST)
Yo Michigander, what do you mean? That new January lunar calendar has been up since Thanksgiving!
One of the best sites that I've found. Any recommendations for the best times to fish the lunge out there and the best guides? Would appreciate the info. Happy New Year! Muskie54
Waukegan, Il USA - Monday, January 01, 2001 at 09:23:59 (CST)
Hey Musky54, The best time for muskie fishing is right now. Those Florida-strain muskies are hitting like crazy! They look a little weird and run a little smaller than ours but at least you can just swing 'em into the boat. You can always find a good guide if you know the right kind of shirt to look for.
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