A comfortable day on the water starts with a great boat, but what exactly makes a boat great? Comfort? Space? Layout? Storage? All of the above? However you answer that question, Mako Boats has a boat that will fit your needs. Let’s take a look at Pete’s Mako:
This boat has everything any angler could ever want! Enough storage and deck space to have all your equipment right at your fingertips and even extra room for your fishing buddies. A layout that allows for landing of monster fish from anywhere in the boat, thanks to the center console design. A hull design that makes this boat fast and also gives it great maneuverability and a super smooth ride. You can’t go wrong with this boat! You can find a Mako dealer near you here. Go check one out today!
A lot of people don’t consider their tow vehicle a part of their fishing gear, but it is easily one of the most important pieces of equipment when it comes to a good day on the water. Without a reliable tow vehicle, you could miss out on a trip with the boat or worse yet, be stranded at the lake (maybe that part wouldn’t be so bad…. Let’s take a look at what Pete uses to get his boat and fishing gear to the lakes!
When you have a big boat like Pete’s, you need a lot of power. On the flip side, you need a truck with great MPG’s when you travel as much as Pete does. You get the best of both worlds with Ford F-250 – Power and amazing gas mileage – not to mention a really cool looking truck. Space isn’t a problem either, you’ll have plenty of room for all your fishing buddies and all your equipment.
There’s nothing more exciting than catching a muskie on topwater! To be successful though, you have to carry a variety of topwater lures to meet the challenges many bodies of water can throw at you. Some days the fish may want a big, loud lure, while other days they may want something small and quiet. Get yourself prepared and check out these two products that Pete has in his tackle box!
The Tyrant Lola’s rotating head and tail blades along with the stationary mid body produces the vibration and plop that drives top water bass, big pike and muskies crazy. Simply cast and retrieve! Made with Tyrant’s high impact poly and through wire construction.
Muskie fishing is much easier with a large selection and variety of tackle. All that tackle can be easily accessible and organized with these two products from Lakewood Products!
This is THE case you want if you have a ton of lures! This case can hold up to 100 of your favorite muskie and pike lures.
“Will hold up to 100 musky and pike lures. Each zippered side pocket can accommodate a 3600 large plastic container (not included). Generous-sized zippered pocket on back holds an included 3730 large plastic container. Heavy-duty webbing sewn around case for strength and durability. Wrap around pockets for storage of tools and towels.”
Don’t need that much storage or maybe you need even more than the Muskie Monster can give you? Add the Traveler to the mix and have everything you need within your reach!
“Perfect companion for the traveling Musky fisherman. Same hanging type compartments and size of our famous Medium Musky box with room inside for the 3730 large and 3700 plastic storage boxes. Now take everything you need in one box! Front pockets across the front hold tools, and side pockets provide added storage of accessories and plastic boxes. Generous-sized zippered pocket on back is large enough to hold a 3730 large plastic container (not included). Heavy-duty webbing handles are sewn around the case for strength. Adjustable shoulder strap included. Has 8 compartments 4.5″x2.25″, 1 at 9″x5.5″, and 2 at 8.75″x2.75″.”
Muskie fishing just wouldn’t be as fun without good accessories! Today we will look at one accessory that gives your boat unlimited customization possibilities and another accessory that just plain looks cool!
Something you have to see to believe! These 3d Fish Pictures are the perfect gift for ANY outdoors person! These pictures some in a variety of species, but the muskie is by far the coolest!
12 inch track. The foundation of Bert’s mounting system. Easily mounts to any boat. Includes mounting directions, end caps and hardware. All Bert’s Custom Tackle accessories mount into the track allowing for modular rigging. Slide your accessories around at any time and get your boat set up exactly how you want it!
Muskie fishing can be tricky and even dangerous without the right equipment (both for you and the muskies). Rod holders not only allow you to have multiple rods in the water at once, they also keep those rods out of your way and minimize the risk of breaking from stepping on them. Let’s have a look at what Pete uses to keep his rods in order:
Why Choose Down-East Products?
•All-Metal Construction, NO PLASTIC!
•Use your fly rod, spinning rig, baitcasting or saltwater reels!
•Durable in even the coldest weather!
•Time-tested quality since 1946!
•Wide variety of mount options!
Muskie fishing demands large, strong hooks. When you’re casting those big hooks, you want some good protection for your eyes, not only will they keep the sun out, but they also keep the hooks out of your eyes! Let’s have a look at Pete’s hooks and eyewear:
Super strong and super sharp – Mustad Triple Grip Treble Hooks are the best hooks to use on a variety of lures. The shorter shank and wider gap means more hook ups and less lost fish.
Pete’s customized Oakley Jawbone sunglasses! Polarized lenses let you see into the water better by reducing glare and also protect your eyes from any rogue hooks!
Muskies can hide pretty well for their size, so finding them can be tough! Once you find them, you also have to stealthily move around to get into the perfect casting position. Let’s see how Pete conquers both of these problems:
The HDS-10 Gen2 has intuitively simple operation through the combination of an easy-to-understand menu system, plus programmable soft keys for instant display of favorite page views.
Available in a variety of transducer-pack options:
- 83/200 kHz for inland/freshwater uses.
- 50/200 kHz for deeper Great Lakes/coastal saltwater uses
- Also compatible with Airmar® in-hull or thru-hull transducers for up to 1 kW operation – for deeper, saltwater applications
Two waterproof SD card slots to load high-detail charting options. Users can also and save sonar and navigational data, and upload future HDS software feature updates.
MotorGuide now gives you precise wireless control with complete freedom of movement. Freshwater Wireless comes standard with a Wireless Foot Pedal, the industry’s smoothest stow and deploy, four remote inputs, built-in removable mount, rough-water lower-unit cradle, and an integrated battery indicator.
The 200-kHz sonar transducer crystal is forged at 20-degrees to provide incredible detail and is epoxy-potted in the nose cone for maximum protection. Combined with a build-in temperature sensor, your motor is compatible with most Lowrance units.
Looking for strength? MotorGuide’s Wireless Edition composite shaft is beefed up with a larger diameter and is 33% stronger than competitor’s composite shafts. Bring on the open water.
You have to look good when you’re Muskie fishing! What better way to look stylish than with Fishouflage! Your lures also have to look good and Sebile has some really good looking lures that the Muskies cannot resist!
The real life action of the magic swimmer will fool the most finicky fish. Its specially designed joints allows for a naturally free-swimming motion guaranteed to trigger strikes. As it subtly moves through the water its sound chamber emits a discrete chatter.
Made from 100% polyfleece construction with full zip color match YKK zipper and drawcord hood. Hoodie has a tough snag free exterior combined with soft interior lining and is water repellent. Also has front hand pockets for extra warmth.
Muskie fishing can be tough, especially if you can’t get around on the water fast enough. You never know where the fish are going to be, so a good, reliable engine is key! Keeping that engine running smoothly is also a huge factor in your time on the water. Let’s have a look at how Pete gets around and keeps his engines running at their best!
No direct injection engine has more experience, testing, or success under its belt than Mercury OptiMax. It’s not surprising that OptiMax repeatedly leads every direct injection category – including power, fuel efficiency, reliability, and versatility. It all adds up to a complete line of power that delivers more, and delivers it better. OptiMax remains the best value on the water and a top choice of boaters.
hp Injector is a precise synthetic formulation that exceeds the lubrication demands of modern two-cycle motors. Today’s two-cycle outboard motors operate at higher temperatures and at leaner oil and fuel ratios than older motors. This difficult operating environment requires proper lubrication technology to keep motors running long and strong. hp Injector is a premium lubricant engineered with AMSOIL synthetic base oils and MAXDOSE advanced additives. It contains up to 30 percent more additives than other TC-W3 two-cycle oils for “super clean” operation.
Muskie fishing demands strength and toughness from all of your gear, but reel and line are probably 2 of the most important parts to getting your muskies into the boat. Let’s see what Pete trusts to get the job done!
Muskie Angler gear has the power to subdue your fish quickly, so you can safely release him to fight again. Bass Pro Shops Muskie Angler Conventional Reels feature knockdown, lockdown power for taking on freshwater’s most impressive adversary in your choice of 4.2:1 gear ratio or 5.2:1.
The braid that sinks like a fluorocarbon. FluoroBraid combines the sinking properties of a fluorocarbon with the strength and castablity of SpiderWire braided fishing lines. A breakthrough Gore fluoropolymer and Dyneema fiber blend provides a more direct line from rod tip to lure. The result is less slack in your line for ultimate sensitivity and faster hook sets.
Let’s see what Pete has in his tackle bag today!
Red October Baits Vibe Tube
Is it like a bucktail? Yes. The #7 Mag Wide Willow gives off a heavy thump on the retrieve. But it also has a centrally weighed tube body; when you stop cranking, it has a slow fall rate so it can be jerked or pulsed like a tube to trigger fish.
Pete’s almost ready for the 2012 Muskie Season! Over the next few weeks, we’ll have a look at what Pete is using, so you too can get yourself ready for muskie fishing! This week we will take a look at some of his tackle.
The Tyrant Spinjack from Tyrant Tackle Inc. The Spinjack offers the best of two lures. The front body rotates and the bucktail pulsates through the water offering big game fish an exciting top water presentation.