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sorry rocketman, i just started reading a bit here on your site and will be checking back on the 29th. hahaha. sorry again and thanks.
brian patterson <>
mount clemens, mi USA - Sunday, December 28, 2003 at 08:28:12 (CST)
hey rocket man, great site, i watch it all during the open musky season. but now its the off season and i am trying to get my hands on some terminators. your link to the order page isnt working to well for me here. can you please assist me a bit so that i may order some of your great terminators, thanks, brian
brian patterson <>
mount clemens, MI USA - Sunday, December 28, 2003 at 08:19:06 (CST)
Hi Rocketman. I love your website. It is very informative, and it obviously draws good people. Their reports are very detailed and rarely anything negative. Keep up the good work! I am on a very limited budget this year as I was downsized a few months ago. I have a small variety of cheap lures already since I always seem to miss your order windows. Most are perch or walleye patterns with white or yellow bellies. This year I would like to try to get four of them. The problem I am having is choosing color patterns. After reading your "Hot Tips", I am thinking about Firetiger, Blue Wormy, Carp, and ? If you had to choose just 4 color patterns, what would they be? Your recommendation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Scott
Scott Seth <>
Grand Rapids, MI USA - Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 13:28:59 (CST)
Hi, I just discovered your site. I was interested in purchasing the used gear advertised by John Tomlin (who's phone number is nonlisted so I can't reach him) or anybody else who knows where I might find a good deal. Thanks a lot, Rich Wiggins 586-791-7105 586-419-5627
Rich Wiggins <>
Harrison TWP, MI USA - Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 08:11:36 (CST)
Wishing you a Happy Holiday and Prosperous New Year Rocketman.
Living Life to the Fullest <>
MI USA - Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at 22:33:23 (CST)
John Tomlin, sent you emails in regards to selling everything but no response, you still looking to selling ? let me know thanks...
mike momany <>
southgate, mi USA - Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 09:52:54 (CST)
Rocketman, Sorry to report the boat I fish off of is under wraps for the year. This of course brings up the question - When do the Terminators go on order? The 12 I bought last year work great and I can't wait to order more of the finest lures I have in my box. Hope you are still fishing and let all of your eager viewers know when they go on sale!
DtDewman <dtdewman$>
Eaton, OH USA - Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 10:52:55 (CST)
Is there a braided or braided-fusion line that won't slip out of the offshore releases for a board rod?
RayK <kethledge$>
Novi, MI USA - Saturday, November 29, 2003 at 15:40:32 (CST)
Selling everything
1989 2650 Pursuit less than 500 hours with a single 330 hp merc i/o. 4 cannon magnum 10 downriggers Too many Muskie baits to count original believers with custom colors,Terminator t3s,nils and much more. 10 shimano triton downrigger rods Daiwa and Abu garcia muskie rod 8 penn 309 reels 10 Diawa 47sh reels email me if interested in boat and equipment or just equipment.

John Tomlin <tomlinjohn391$>
Ann Arbor, MI USA - Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 08:49:47 (CST)
During the fall cold-water season (i.e. now), do muskies tend to bite more in the afternoons than in the morning? I usually only get a hall pass for a 1/2 so it'd be nice to get input on which is better. Thanks.
rmk <kethledge$>
Novi, MI USA - Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 19:28:54 (CST)
Just curious, how many rods per angler do you use?
George <muskieman_2$>
ON Canada - Sunday, November 16, 2003 at 20:59:16 (CST)
We fish legal. In US waters two rods and sadly enough in Canadian waters only one rod. Most of the time we try to run boards and sliders so at least we have a couple more baits in the water. Incidently, if you read the old fishing reports from a few years back it might seem our (and lots of other peoples') numbers were better. Back then we used to have a lot of west winds that blew the US water eastward and we didn't have good enough GPSs and it was kind of hard to know where that US two-rod water ended. Sadly, times have changed.
the Rocketman

Rocketman, I noticed you painted your boat, looks great! I have an aluminum boat that needs painting and was wondering if you had it painted if so where?, or if you did it yourself, if so how?
Mike Nowak <>
royal aok, mi USA - Friday, November 14, 2003 at 09:17:42 (CST)
I did it myself (sort of) in the RocketGarage. First, I made a big sawhorse type thing to hang the boat from and pulled the trailer out from underneath and then put blocks under the boat. Then the MuskieBabes crew all got in little teeny bikinis and scraped and sanded and masked off the whole boat whilst I gave them moral support. When it was all ready for painting I took over 'cause they were all wore out from getting moral support. First came primer (grey under where the silver goes, red under where the red goes), then three coats of sparkle silver. When that was dried the MuskieBabes masked that part off. Then they wanted more moral support but I wanted to finish my boat and go fishing so I sprayed on two coats of red basecoat followed by two coats of sparkle red topcoat. It was just like painting a really, really big Terminator.
the Rocketman

No fishing reports?? Come on you guys..we still have a month left to find the hogs! Get out of the tree stand during the day and hit the water. What could be a better day than a Muskie in the afternoon and a deer in the evening?
Lobi <lobbe1$>
Hartland, USA - Friday, November 07, 2003 at 12:57:42 (CST)
A bunch of muskies in the afternoon and a lap dance in the evening?
the Rocketman

One sweet looking boat. Great job. Much better to see you out there and to give you them pops I owe ya. Had my best year yet and I owe it all to your site and them terrific lures you make. Them puppies work and troll fast and true. Pulled the boat out this weekend and from the looks of the weather and the fishing reports from the dumps I should have left it in. Oh well, I will wait for the order form to spring up and get some more big "T's". Thanks again for a great site, great lures and the worlds best advice, bar none. Phew, tha's a lot of smoozing for me in one message.
Chris <Icet$>
Clinton Township, MI USA - Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 18:59:19 (CDT)
Chris, Thanks for the good words and that was indeed some truly admirable smoozing - but don't thank me. You are the Great American Hero here.

Today we salute you Chris Mr. Muskie Lure Customer. You are one who poured your heart and soul into trying to catch a fish that smells like a $10/hour motel room the morning after prom night ("does this damn window open?").

It was you who was out there Chris Mr. Muskie Lure Customer, cleaning weedbags till your fingers were bleeding, fighting the waves and the blackflies, and dodging sailboats and little green men in that noble quest for five minutes of piscatorial prominence ("wadaya mean ya forgot the camera?!?").

You put in countless hours on the water Chris Mr. Muskie Lure Customer and spent the kids school clothes money on boat gas, ramp fees, a Canadian lisence, and yes even my Terminator Lures ("you paid your dues").

You deserve all the credit Chris Mr. Muskie Lure Customer, oh afficinado of angling, so crack open an ice cold Rollin' Rock because if it wasn't for you out there fishing every day, braving the wind and rain and cold and spending your last dime on my lures I wouldn't be sitting in this nice comfy titty bar right now getting these lap dances. ("Another one Destiny - oooooh baby")

the Rocketman

Where are they? I trolled 8 hours yesterday without a single rip! Puce to stony pt, 8 to 16 ft of water. Are they getting harder to catch late in the season?
Lobi <lobbe1$>
Holly, MI USA - Friday, October 10, 2003 at 19:52:48 (CDT)
Rocketman, you need to update your pics. The same fish have been on there way to long. I`m sure there`s been more sent yer way.
al chaffin <>
clarkston, mi USA - Wednesday, October 08, 2003 at 20:02:38 (CDT)
You are right, it is time for some new pics. Unfortunately, I don't have any new hog muskie pics handy. That is due to the fact that I haven't caught any. Apparently I will need to relearn how to catch muskies after a long time off the water. Oh well, that's what boat pics are for...
the Rocketman

I was reading your report on Rocketmans site. My friend and I were thinking of making the trip over for some fall muskies. We are about 7 hours away and looking to see if it would be worth the drive. I have never fish St. Clair so this would be the first for me. I was looking for any tips area to start and how to fish? Any information would great be appreciated. Thanks Bill
Bill Burkholder <>
Roscoe, Illinois USA - Sunday, October 05, 2003 at 08:17:35 (CDT)
In response to the boat question, I suggest one of two plans. Plan A would be to have two boats, I have an 18' mirrocraft with a 90 hp outboard that i use in Georgian Bay and other smaller more protected waters. It trailers easy and is fine for these applications. I also have a 23' proline with a 200 hp outboard for St. Clair as well as salmon fishing, etc. This is great on bigger water and still can be trailered so it is easy to use late season. If you only fish St. Clair, you could just go with the bigger boat. Plan B would be for one all around boat. If you go this route, I would get one of the Ranger or Triton fiberglass walleye boats (621 DVS or T-205 i believe). These are small enough to easily trailer to far places and at the same time, big and sturdy enough to be able to move around on St. Clair. I would stay away from aluminum (sorry Rocketman) as they ride rougher and mine was constantly popping rivets when it was my main boat (92-96). They do tend to be cheaper. If you really want to take 6 or 7 people, you probably need at least a 27' boat - at this size late season fishing becomes more difficult.
Grim Reaper <>
wixom, mi USA - Monday, September 29, 2003 at 10:54:06 (CDT)
Rocketman - How can you catch any fish when your boat appears to be landlocked? I didn't realize that you were in the process of re-doing it. Anyway, are you able to get out or have you not fished much this year? If you're interested, my buddy and I are always looking for an extra pole to put in the water. Especially when that extra pole comes with boxes of Terminators! Seriously, you interested in getting out? I'ld love to earn suck-up points toward my next Terminator order.
dtdewman <dtdewman$>
Eaton, OH USA - Monday, September 22, 2003 at 15:01:45 (CDT)
Dewman, Thanks for the offer. The MuskieBoat Slimetime is finally all painted now. It looks like this weekend coming up is going to be lousy weather conditions so I am going to use the time to finish putting it all back together. It should be un-landlocked and ready for action again by October 1. Only a mere two months to finish a three week project ha ha. If for any reason that doesn't happen I just might take you up on your offer!
the Rocketman
PS The offer was good for 20 suck-up points. Had it included a case of Rolling Rock and a couple MuskieBabes to fetch 'em as necessary it would have been worth 100 suck-up points. Let that be a lesson to you...

Rocketman, Just wondering if you have any Terminator lures laying around that you can sell me? I don't care what colors, i just want some Terminators. I really want to try them out. I wasn't sure if you only made them to order or if you make any extras to sell. Thanks for the awesome web site. I have been fishing at St Clair for over 10 years but not for Muskies. Thanks to your web site I now fish for Muskies half the time up there (I still love to Smallmouth fish) and I know how to do it. The set-ups page was a tremendous help and it helped to produce quite a few Muskies everytime I'm up there. you don't have to print this if you can just reply to me that would great. Thanks Again, Dave
Dave Langner <dave$>
Cincinnati, OH USA - Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 15:02:41 (CDT)
OK, I won't print it. Sorry but there are no Terminators laying around. I can't make any more right now either 'cause there is this big red thing taking up all the room in the Terminator Muskie Lures World Headquarters. However, I have some in-law relatives laying around and if you send your address I will be happy to send them your way.
the Rocketman

"Never forget".... Your comments in the 9/11 Muskie Fishing News were right on target! It seems many self serving politicians are ready to let the guilty parties off the hook for the sake of their own gain. Please allow me to echo your thoughts, NEVER AGAIN. We need to keep our resolve and focus on rooting the responsible culprits out of their holes. I trust our presidents motives. I beleve he has acted in the nations best intrest taking the fight to Al Quida, going into Afganistan, challanging the UN, and going after Sadam. Many of the presidents detractors seem to have already forgotten the horrors of just two years ago. Rocketman, keep up the great work. You have a world class site. You play a major role in promoting our Lake St. Clair resource and the sport of Muskie fishing itself.
Tom Gorguze
Royal Oak, MI USA - Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 20:35:11 (CDT)
6 or 7 people on a 19-20 foot boat and only a 150hp??? You better double up on the motors and then some and add about 10 or 12 feet of length to the boat. Outboards are the way to go for muskies. Inboards are first choice however.
Greg <>
Flint, MI USA - Friday, September 12, 2003 at 21:11:25 (CDT)
I agree. A 19-20 foot boat is too small for 6 or 7 people. Since it's going to be real expensive to get a boat big enough for that many, and Sean is a good Terminator customer, I will help him out. Sean, you can send me three of your extra MuskieBabes. Now you only need to get a boat big enough for 3 or 4 people and a 19 footer will be fine.
the Rocketman

I need a new boat for LSC. I am looking for something that will fish 6-7 people. I want to fish for muskie, walleye and bass. I am thinking of a 19-20 boat with some protection from the weather. A few questions: Is 19-20' big enough? Should I go with aluminum or fiberglass? What size of motor? I/O or outboard? What size of kicker? I am leaning towards an aluminum boat with a 150 hpr 4 stroke outboard engine. Either a Lund or a Polar Kraft with a windshield. Does anyone have experience with the Polar Kraft boats? Thanks!Sean
Sean Tullis <>
Urbana, OH USA - Tuesday, September 09, 2003 at 12:54:07 (CDT)
Hello Mr. Rocketman, Sir, I address you with the utmost respect and thank you for such an amazing web site. I found a link for your site and spent about an hour and a half reading your valued information. I fish for muskies, mostly in the Kawarthas, but decided to go down to Lake St. Clair this labour day weekend. My wife and I went to the Deerbrook marina and told them I found them from your web page. I used as much of the information that you provided and had very pleasing results. We fished all day Sunday and boated 4/7 with the largest being 45". The action started very fast, the first rod I set-up was in the prop wash and did'nt even get the second rod out when I got a 40" fish. I am embarassed to say I lost the biggest lunge in my life. I was using one of my homemade lures (which I caught several muskies on, including a 24 1/2 lb pike) not thinking a LSC lunge would bust me up this way(I will be doubling all of my split rings from now on.) We fished this morning and got two small fish(~36" and 38") before the wind chased us to shore. There were some guys staying at the same place as us, their boat had West Virginia Musky Hunters on the side. They did well yesterday going 7/9. I don't know how they did today, I was on the water before them and they were still out when we left. Well, I just thought I would let you know how your awsome site helps others and to thank you again( your web page is at the top of my favorites list.) Happy Hunting Lionel
Lionel <lioneldwyer$>
Pickering, Ont Canada - Monday, September 01, 2003 at 21:24:05 (CDT)
what is this lure called a relative [ gold relative or perch relative ]
bob <>
swanton, oh. USA - Monday, September 01, 2003 at 09:19:54 (CDT)
A relative is someone related, either by birth or marrriage. I have some in-law relatives laying around and if you send your address I will be happy to send them your way.
the Rocketman

Rocket man what happened to the boat? I see the picture, but what is the story. Muskie bite a hole in the hull, missing a terminator in the prop wash.
Ken C <>
Howell, Mi USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 11:48:49 (CDT)
Muskies can't bite through Lunds due to the double hull. They do leave chewmarks in the paint though. Therefore, the venerable MuskieTrailer and MuskieBoat Slimetime are down for some repainting and multiple miscellaneous refurbishments too. Maybe I should make them both look like giant White Belly Scale Bluefrogs so I can get even more chew marks on them?
the Rocketman

Hello Rocket Man Hello, all I have to say is Six words ( When can I get some TERMINATORS. OK a few more words, (Im yelling) I cant catch no Muskies with out no Terminators dam ,. Great site man love it. Open that bad mo fo up for the fall. and get some TX's on the move. thanks , tight lines man tight lines.
Dan <>
Detroit, MI USA - Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 12:26:13 (CDT)
does anyone know where i can purchase some B$K muskie baits by Ken Sibenrock?????? need to try em.... Dont worry i still plan on purchasing terminators when available----Ross Cassidy
ross cassidy <rosscassidy$>
new baltimore, mi USA - Friday, August 15, 2003 at 10:40:32 (CDT)
go with the TX
sad <asd>
sad, USA - Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 09:29:39 (CDT)
Rocketman, still loving the website but I'm quite confused over the picture of the old man on the fishing report page. Not that anyone else has complained but I really miss the picture of the lovely young lady wondering where the big ones are. I understand all things must change but you could have found a picture of something a little more pleasing to the eye. I would even suggest a picture of a TX that is producing the best right now. Just a thought.
Dt Dewman <dtdewman$>
Eaton, OH USA - Friday, August 08, 2003 at 10:53:37 (CDT)
Rocketman, I have enjoyed your site! We will be muskie fishing next week for the first time, it sounds like the south side of Lake St. Clair is our best bet. Where is the best place to launch our boat, 19' Wellcraft. Is there any problems with the boat ramps filling up, we will be there on Friday. Thanks again for all the info and tips!
Kerry <>
grand haven, mi USA - Thursday, August 07, 2003 at 19:38:44 (CDT)
not sure how fast the rocketman means for august but i have caught them in july as fast as 7 mph - although i normally troll 5 mph
Grim Reaper <g_reaper3$>
USA - Saturday, August 02, 2003 at 18:27:00 (CDT)
Rocketman. In your "tips" section you say to go "real fast" in August. How fast is "real fast." How fast do you troll right now also. I have been trolling 4.0 - 4.1.
dan haude <dhaude>
cleveland, ohio USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 08:28:44 (CDT)
Late in the Game? Great site! My friend and I have been fishing musky for seven years or so. The first fish we ever caught was in the north channel fishing for walleye. My buddy thought he had a snag. Then we realized we had a 50" musky. Ever since we both have been hooked. My buddy purchased a 19' Lund and we went fishing about every weekend we could. For a couple of slappies we held our own. But a year and a half ago he sold his boat and we have been out of the game. I now just purchased a 21' boat. I'm trying to think of a good Launch that's a clear shot to dumping grounds, belle river, etc. Or a place to put it into a slip. This late in the year I'm concerned about open wells. If you have any thoughts I would be interested to hear from you. Also any tips. The boat I purchased is a 21' Glassmaster with 175 Mariner. It seems to be a perfect musky boat. I really don't know much about Glassmaster boats. I've heard they are a good boat. We will see. Good luck and hope to see you soon on the water. Jason
Jason <>
Warren, Mi USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 21:11:19 (CDT)
Rocketman, what planer boards do you endorse? All the plastic ones that I have bought and tried, fail at high speeds or rough water, and the heavy lures almost sink them. The only wood ones I have seen are almost 3 bills. I would hate to buy them just to find out they are not any better than the others?
steve <>
roseville, mi USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 21:38:53 (CDT)
Rocketman. Thank you for your conditional endorsement of the Boga Grip. However, I would advise a big sluuuuug of Yukon Jack whisky for your colorful alternative . Not only would there be no pain, but any lacerations would be steralized. I would hate to see any Musky get an infection or suffer needlessly. Tight lines.
John <adocia$>
Shelby, MI USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 21:03:43 (CDT)
What is the guy holding the 51 inch muskie on your website using to hold the fish. Oh. Wait. It looks like a . . . It can't be. Yes. Its a boga grip. In fact I've seen boga grips on other pictures on this site. I'm sure that what was happening behind the scenes is that Rocketman was getting ready to open a Rolling Rock and call the guy a "wussy." Either that or shamelss self promotion supercedes any objection to a boga grip. Get over yourself.
daniel haude <>
cleveland, ohio USA - Monday, July 14, 2003 at 09:08:26 (CDT)
the Rocketman

I was told about Lake St. Claire and after checking out your site I am very interestes in spending a weeks vacation fishing there. If you hve any informtion on camping, or towns close by to stay at, fishing fees etc. I would be very interested. Please email me back
Jim Campbell <>
Bellefontaine, ohio USA - Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 12:27:46 (CDT)
The closest town is Detroit. Any more questions??????
the Rocketman

Hey, Rocketman. What would you say is better for muskies, yellow belly perch lures or white belly perch lures? I have no clue so I fiqured I'd ask someone you knows.
Eric Chaffin <Metalica8730$>
Clarkston, MI USA - Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 14:45:01 (CDT)
I understand white belly perches have more Vitamin E and Niacin but then again yellow belly perches are lower in saturated fats. If the muskie is trying to watch it's cholesterol then the yellow belly perch would probably be better for it. Vegetarian muskies should avoid all belly color perches and stick with $9 Guacamoles and Strawberries.
the Rocketman

Help ! I'm cleaning weeds in my sleep now. At least I've gotten past setting the hook in my sleep. The bay is getting rough. Today I was out from the spilway to the 9 mile tower and I cleaned lures non-stop. Is the water weed free (or at least better) down on the south shore (belle river/ruscome area)? Please email me or post here..need some reports from the Canadian waters down south there. thanks -dave
lobi <lobbe1$>
Hartland, USA - Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 22:29:53 (CDT)
Rocketman where can i get a good quality airbrush to paint up some baits????
ross cassidy <rosscassidy$>
new baltimore, mi USA - Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 14:19:26 (CDT)
Sorry Ross, I have the only good quality airbrush in Michigan and I need it to paint Terminators and it's not for sale. It's a special Paasche model, custom made of stainless steel of course, and I got it at Ryders Hobby Shop in Ann Arbor.
the Rocketman

I would like to pass along a heads-up to all Musky fisherman. If you don't allready know, and can afford it, I would highly reccomend The BOGA GRIP for releaseing Muskies. This is a GREAT tool. It gives you the time you need to release any size Musky with complete control, and handles scrappers right out of the water without a net. After the high five's and pic's, just put that Big girl back in the water while still attached to Boga. Hold on to it and use wrist strap so you don't loose it. Then just let her swim with the boat around 1/2 to 1 MPH. Simulate swimming motion for her. Let her know she's back in her enviorment, get that oxygenated water through her gills. In a couple minutes she will start to swim. After three or four tail shakes and/or looking ready to go, point her down to cooler water and release the grip. It's that easy. It's also a handy wieghing device that can be certified with the IGFA for world record catches. Please note, I am not affiliated with Boga in any way. I'm letting people know to save Muskies from unwanted, and unnessesary mortality. Rocketman: If you get a chance, please indorse this great product. Releaseing a 30 lbs. fish safely is worth it's price. Tight lines. John
John <adocia$>
Shelby Twp., MI USA - Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 08:31:24 (CDT)
John, I have seen your Boga Grip in action and it is good for releasing muskies. It is made of stainless steel and I like stainless steel so I will give it a conditional endorsement. What's the condition you may ask? OK, I will tell you. It is for wussies. If you are tough like me, the Rocketman, you just take a REAL BIG slug of Rolling Rock, grab that muskie by it's face, and give it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation!
the Rocketman

Went out on 7-2-03 and caught my first musky!!!!! whoooo hooo. it was a little one 33" but it was great, thanks rocketman for all the tips on your web sight.
kyle prone <kyle21078$>
ft gratiot, mi USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2003 at 19:53:06 (CDT)
does anyone out there have some muskie lures for sale? interested in lokes (old or new), B&K lures, wileys, gotchas,nils,terminators Reply to me at rosscassidy$ with the lures for sale and prices
ross cassidy <rosscassidy$>
new baltimore, mi USA - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 15:40:54 (CDT)
You only need an I 68 form if you put in on the American side, cross into Candadian waters, then cross back into the US. It is a US Dept of Immigration rule. Rocketman is correct that it costs $16. An alternative is to report, in person, at your POE to Immigration, which is free. It is intended to allow more convenient crossing of the border if that is something that you do regularly. If you trailer accross the border, put in on the Canadian side, fish there for the day, and take out there, you do not need an I 68 form. Hope that helps.
dan haude <dhaude$>
cleveland, ohio USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 11:21:55 (CDT)
Do we STILL need that stinkin' I-68 form (or what ever it is) to fish in Canadian waters? How do I obtain one if it is needed? Anyone hitting the Canadian waters yet or is it too early? Have to bring the kids in the boat for extra rods!
Lobi <lobbe1$>
USA - Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 19:07:42 (CDT)
Yep, US Customs at the bridge or tunnel, $16 and 3 passport-size pics required, go east
the Rocketman

Rocketman, Just got into St. Clair muskie fishing this year. Good job on this site as it appears to be the most informative available. Anyeway, are there any more nets this year than in previous years in the Anchor Bay area (never fished there) and how long do they stay up? If so, how, if at all, will this impact the fishing in that area this year. Also, with the lake temperature being way lower than usual, any insight on whether the American or Canadian side would be better for the early season (June - early July)?
dan haude <dhaude$>
Cleveland, ohio USA - Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 11:14:44 (CDT)
About the same, temp is fine, get your I-68 and go east
the Rocketman

Hey Rocketman, (or anyone else with this info) I know the 1 rod per 'Angler' thingy in Canadian waters. BUT can I run a slider and have 2 lures on one rod? Also trolling the Belle River Hump..Do I go back and forth across the hump? Or should I be parralell in a certain depth?
Lobi <lobbe1$>
USA - Sunday, June 08, 2003 at 17:20:54 (CDT)
the Rocketman

good luck's finally here!!! Rocketman-great site very helpful lots of info,funny well done.going to miss Saturday (mother-in-laws birthday party)painful to type that. On the water on Sunday. Look out monsters here we come!!!!
Jim <thin_neck$>
warren, mi USA - Friday, June 06, 2003 at 18:43:45 (CDT)
Muskie Boat = $60,000.00
150 muskie lures = $2,700.00
10 Rods / reels = $1,700.00
100 gals. gas = $200.00
1 case beer = $20.00
Total = $64,620
50 incher on opening weekend = Priceless

Pequod <bobw$>
Clinton Twp., Mi USA - Friday, June 06, 2003 at 13:57:34 (CDT)
Hey Rocketman, is the fishing reports page going to be up and running for the opener? It still sends ya into la-la land in cyber-space when you hit the link. I know you have more important things to do getting ready these last couple of days before the big day. Good luck to all on Saturday, see ya out there.
USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 21:07:35 (CDT)
The Fishing Reports Submittal Page is up and running so now you can brag about all those hogs you catch. Get a Big One!
the Rocketman

Heh Rocketman! Outstanding site. Keep up the good work pal. Question...when I was a kid in the 1970s,Tommy Cusmano,Homer LeBlanc and Hank Bradley were kind enough to help teach me Mooskie fishing in Lake St. Clair. I know Tommy and Homer are trolling where the season never ends but any way to contact Hank? I moved to the west side of the state and before I knew it, 25 years, a couple of jobs,one Bride,one little scrapper and a million distractions later I want to come home and fish for my beloved Muskies on my favorite lake again.I have dusted off all my old stuff and will try to make opening day with a buddy new to the sport.See you out there. Tight lines! Ernst Motte
Ernst Motte <eamotte$>
Plainwell, Mi USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 16:49:01 (CDT)
Guys, Wondering about a couple possible new MOOSKIE haunts. I am hearing about more and more incidental catches of musky on Lake Erie in the Brest Bay area. In fact, I personally have seen musky in this area. Is anyone else hearing of info or do you know of anyone targeting musky in this area?? Sure seems like a great area to troll. I also hear of musky coming off the Banana Dike area just north of Brest Bay. The other area I am interested in is Belleville Lake. They began musky stockings pretty heavey several years ago. At this point, not sure if anyone is chasing musky on that lake. Hey Rocket, that lake is practically your backyard!!!!! Well, a few things to think about. Good Hunting to all this opener weekend!!!
Seitz Boyz <gauge618$>
Toledo, OH USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 09:51:54 (CDT)
Hey Shawn, No suprise that you found your new toys to look AWESOME. The Rocketman does a kick ass job. I see your not far from Toledo. I spend way too much time on St. Clair according to my wife, but could always use another good boat mate or two. Send me an email if your looking for a fishing partner from time to time. You can never have enough bodies with that damn canadian one rod per dude rule. Ain't that a great rule Rocketman??
Seitz Boyz <gauge618$>
Toledo, OH USA - Monday, June 02, 2003 at 10:21:44 (CDT)
Hey there, great site, keep it up!
Ryan Scheerer <fishingbibb$>
Fremont, Oh USA - Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 11:39:56 (CDT)
Hey Rocketman I got my baits today they look great can't wait to put them to work on June 7th. See you on the water Shawn
Shawn Arndt <shawn-mary$>
Elmore, OH USA - Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 20:28:17 (CDT)
WHA-HOO!! Got my coveted Terminators. What is the game plan for June 7th? Anyone care to share? I'll be casting Anchor Bay for a while then hit the high seas for some trolling. The T-3's will make the skis so submissive they will bite out fear! Email me if you want to chat st clair skis -dave
Dave <lobbe1$>
USA - Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 17:27:41 (CDT)
Hi Rocketman. Living down here in Buckeye Country I am not able to get all the fishing rules and regulations for Canada. Have they got with the program by allowing 2 rods per angler or is it still 1? Thanks for the info. PS I still have a dozen of the awesome Terminators from a few years ago and they are still kickin' ass. Will be ordering some in the near future since some of mine look like a toothpick with treble hooks attached due to all the battle scars from those toothy critters.
Jack Manley <jbbmanley$>
CanalWinchester, Oh USA - Friday, May 23, 2003 at 00:28:26 (CDT)
Hello Rocketman I was wondering how the baits are coming, my order 01010303 is it possible to have them by season opener? I enjoy your site there is alot of good info here. Thanks Shawn Arndt
Shawn Arndt <shawn-mary$>
Elmore, OH USA - Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 08:19:03 (CDT)
Guys, I hate to be the bearer of bad news this close to the St. Clair opener, but the Mooskies on St. Clair are turning up dead left and right. In the April/May issue of Muskie Hunter magazine, there is an article discussing a disease that was found to be infecting the St. Clair Mooskies. They were not sure if it was fatal, but it appears it may be. In fishing on the Detroit River this spring, there have been dozens of dead Mooskies spotted. My brother just fished today and spotted 4 dead. On "" there have been multiple reports of fisherman seeing many dead Mooskie. Many of these fish are very big. If anyone sites any dead Mooskie, contact the DNR and make them understand the issue. I hope these are just isolated incidents, but sure seems fishy. On a lighter note, I hope everyone gets a big fatty this opener!!!! Remember, run 'um high and fast and listen for that magic, ZIIIIINNNNNNNNNGGGGGG!!!!
Seitz Boyz <gauge618$>
Toledo, OH USA - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 13:10:10 (CDT)
Rocketman,I learned from your site from the good people at Deerbrook marina. I have had some great luck trooling the south shore on the canadian side in the fall, but would like to spend opening casting for the big ones with my son on his first real musky trip. Do you have any reference points for us to start at, and which lures would you recommend. thanks in advance.
t. sawyer <tsawyer$attcanada.ney>
port stanley, on canada - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 16:13:39 (CDT)
Great site with tons of info. Just joined Ohio Husky Musky Club and searching for my first esox over 36 inches. I've got the bug, bad I told my wife I'm not shaving my gotee until I catch my musky, she said we'll i guess your going to look like FATHER TIME. Thanks Fishcrazzzy
Fishcrazy <mmichael$>
Sabina, Ohio USA - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 23:05:49 (CDT)
the Rocketman

Rocketman, nice job on the lures that you shipped me. They look beautiful! and were well worth the wait. my arsenal is prepared for the first sat. in June. I hope to see slimetime on the lake a little more this season (I think that I saw you trolling in front of gpyc last Nov. hiding from the west wind). if you see a 2001 blue and white starcraft islander trolling 3.5 to 4.5 mph you can bet that its pulling at least 1 or 2 terminators (or more). p.s. Don't throw your back out trying to fill orders this year
fishwacker <bcross204677$>
ferndale, mi USA - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 15:58:14 (CDT)
the Rocketman

Hey.. the site is alive! I'm so tired of sharpening my old lures. I run to check the email every day lookin for the Rocketmans email that My order is ready. This is worse than waiting for Christmas to come. June 7th seems like an eternity away still even tho it is less than a month now. Anybody willing to share their opening day plan of attack? See ya all out on the lake.
lobi <lobbe1$>
Holly, MI USA - Friday, May 09, 2003 at 15:48:36 (CDT)
Dave, Just a few more of yours left to go. You'll be getting an email the week of the 26th. Thanks again!
the Rocketman

Rocket man, just wondering if the baits are getting close to being done, gots to have them for opening weekend, yahoooo
mike momany <mikemomany$>
st. clair shores, mi USA - Wednesday, May 07, 2003 at 05:55:19 (CDT)
Mike, Just a few more of yours left to go. You'll be getting an email the week of the 26th. Thanks again!
the Rocketman

rocketman is this guesbook working yet? i am trying to make comments and also make a order. nothing on here works. when are you going to fix your website and when are you going to make some lures? thank you mike hoffman
mike hoffman <mhoffman$>
euclid, ohio USA - Tuesday, May 06, 2003 at 09:13:19 (CDT)
This page works fine, the Fishing Reports page will be fixed before opening day and I am making lures as fast as I can!!!!
the Rocketman

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