Keep in mind that I am always looking for images for our newsletter; fish, sunsets, sunrises, other anglers fishing, equipment, anything fishing related. I can use them all.  Large, unedited images are best. Thanks.

Created by Scott McKee Oct 31, 2018 at 1:09pm. Last updated by Scott McKee Oct 31, 2018.

Thank you, Jay!

This site is sponsored by NMA Member Jay Nannen.

I checked the weather report and saw that Opening Day was to be hot, sunny, and calm. Not my favorite weather for musky fishing, especially when I can't escape to my west river hide-outs. So said I to myself, we're going to do something we haven't done in quite a while, we're going out at midnight. Now that's nothing new, I just haven't done it recently.

When I reached the Tonawanda boat launch, none to myself's or I's surprise I spotted two of my fellow sexagenarians, Tom Reinhardt and Carl Schenk (who, after further deliberation amongst myself and I, is beginning to look a lot like the wolfman). After the usual pleasantries we got ready to rock, roll and troll all night long (because that's what us sexagenarians do).

It being such a peaceful night I decided to run up to the harbor, which has been my opening day tradition for the past 30 years or so. And I set up to troll. At 1:30 I had my first fish. A big bass, which was quite small relative to a musky, so thought myself. Not what we're after. At 2:00, as I wondered why there was another boat here in my spot, I felt a tap on my lure, and then the line rips out. I pull the rod from the rod holder. Yes, I thought as it pulled line from my reel, it is a musky. And it felt decently heavy. 

So now what do I do asks I to myself. Afterall, it's been a long time since I fished at night with only I and myself. Now, don't think I'm new at this. There was a time, albeit many lives ago, that I worked at day and fished at night. But most nights I had reliable partners - Mark Maghran, Jon MacSwan, and Dave Melfi - all capable anglers of the dark. 

Perhaps the same cannot be said of myself. So I ask myself, what do I do now? Well answers myself, it is quite dark out, and I can't really see too well, the fish seems hooked quite well as it fights, so let's turn on the lights!

So I try to find the button on my remote for my spotlight, and while I fumble away I feel the lure fight free. 

Oh my I thought, next time you fish solo at night, be sure to leave myself at home.

And that's all she wrote and quit at 6.

Views: 73

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Great report. How many times have we had this talk regarding you or yourself fumbling with cameras, or in this case lights, before or during a musky fight? Oh, well. It sounds like you two had a nice trip.

That's better than most of the short stories I read! At least you had one on

I did not fish today,first time in many years missing the opener.I had to help a Captain friend move a 28 ft Baha from Big 6 Marina up the Niagara River to SBH,after he continued on to Dunkirk.I passed about 6 boats trolling the West River and 4 boats trolling outside the walls North & South Gaps Buffalo Harbor.Seen no Nets hit the water.

Reply to Discussion


© 2021   Created by Scott McKee.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service