Keep in form to remain sharp on muskie waters.

Muskie fishing after 40 presents some distinctive challenges that many individuals haven’t confronted up up to now of their lives. Limbs don’t bend the best way they used to; mornings are tougher than they was—or maybe mornings are simpler as you may have begun waking up at ridiculous hours irrespective of whenever you known as it evening the night prior. This may occasionally additionally imply you’re prepared for mattress earlier than the solar units.

A bonus to the ageing course of is the wealth of information gained over time; nonetheless, our our bodies don’t all the time enable us to make use of that information the best way we predict it ought to have the ability to. This turns into irritating. Shortly.

I want to share some perception into some areas that has helped me put just a few further fish within the internet because the grind has gotten tougher with age.


I can’t stress sufficient how a lot a stretching and train routine has helped me as I’ve aged. I attempt to stretch each morning and stroll or do some form of easy workout routines at the least each different day. I’ve developed some easy train routines that I do at residence with physique weight and a few dumbbells. I’ve spent not more than a pair hundred {dollars} on the gear used and spend not more than half-hour whole within the mornings.

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Bodily health will assist you be extra productive when on the water.

These routines assist me in my on a regular basis life. The aches and pains in my again and different areas that I used to cope with are just about nonexistent. In relation to my fishing, I do know it makes a distinction, particularly throughout an extended grinding day. I don’t get the ache between my shoulders, the tightness in my neck and again, and it helps with the aching within the legs. My determine 8s are additionally a lot better on the finish of the lengthy day, as muscle fatigue isn’t as a lot of an element.

General, it helps together with your focus and retaining a optimistic perspective as an extended day wears on. This positively results in extra fish within the backside of the web.


It’s a joke as outdated as time. As folks age, they will’t (or don’t wish to) sustain with the brand new know-how. Now, simply because one thing is new doesn’t imply that it’s going to mechanically put extra fish in your boat. Nevertheless, among the know-how that has come out in recent times has definitely put further fish in my boat.

I’m not going to get into the how’s, what’s or the whys, however I do wish to stress how necessary the willingness to study is. I don’t essentially imply electronics both in relation to know-how, it could possibly be new methods or gear as effectively. Ask questions of individuals which might be truly utilizing the gear or approach and see whether it is one thing you’ll be able to make the most of. If somebody is expounding the virtues of a brand new electronics to you, ask them about particular conditions the place they utilized that know-how to place extra fish of their boat. It’s doable it’s not one thing that it is possible for you to to make the most of on the waters you fish. Or it may be one thing that doubles your catches.

You’ll by no means know the solutions for those who do not ask the questions. Use the off seasons to analysis and discuss with folks which might be educated to see if new methods or know-how are best for you.

I’ll share one instance that has made an enormous distinction for me. I used to suppose the ability grip or jig ripper handles have been solely for those who couldn’t deal with the stress of muskie fishing. Then I lastly tried one when a pal had one within the boat. The distinction it made for me when casting massive blades was unbelievable. It places my wrist in a extra pure place and likewise permits for extra torque and leverage when going by means of the determine 8. It has made an enormous distinction in my fishing, and it’s one thing I’d have by no means tried if I hadn’t listened to a pal and tried one thing new.

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Having a willingness to study new methods and know-how will assist you discover and catch extra fish.

Each day Technique

Many people used to have the ability to begin earlier than daybreak on the longest day of the 12 months and forged any bait we wished straight by means of sundown. Now, that’s not really easy. Planning and considering forward could make your day extra pleasurable and productive.

If you’re on an awesome blade chew at sundown throughout the late summer time you don’t wish to burn your self out casting massive blades all day simply to be exhausted when the fish begin going at sundown. Spend the morning throwing some topwater. Do some deep fishing throughout the day. Then be prepared together with your massive blades and recent physique to boat just a few fish throughout that sundown chew.

One other factor I’ve began to do is mixing in additional trolling. Don’t be afraid to take a break noon and eat some lunch whereas trolling and studying some new water. A good trolling break throughout the center of the day additionally offers your legs and toes an opportunity to get better.

Nutrient Consumption

I’d make a wager that the majority of us use premium gas and components in our boat motors. We additionally ensure that all of the batteries are charged earlier than we head out for an extended day on the lake. If we deal with our our bodies the identical means we deal with our boats and take note of what we’re fueling them with we are going to run higher as effectively.

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Staying sharp throughout a day journey or on a week-long journey begins with what you place in your physique for gas. Select properly.

Taking note of what I gas my physique with earlier than spending time on the water has made a distinction in how lengthy I can keep on the water, and the way efficient I might be with that point on the water. Consuming meal the evening earlier than and breakfast the morning of begins the time off proper. The evening earlier than I choose plenty of proteins and carbs like greens, baked potatoes or rice. Keep away from greasy meals that may name for an extended boat experience again to shore for a loo break within the morning. For breakfast I like proteins, like eggs or yogurt and granola, and any fruits to go together with it for some vitality.

Avoiding plenty of caffeine will hold you from getting the highs and crashes related to it. In the course of the day I like snacks which might be filling and provides good vitality. Fruits and nuts are my favourite. They retailer simply within the boat and make fast and clear consuming with little mess. I keep away from sugary drinks and snacks for a similar purpose as caffeine. I don’t need the short jittery excessive adopted by the crash.

Lastly, and perhaps probably the most troublesome in relation to a fishing journey with buddies, is avoiding plenty of alcohol. Having a cocktail or two after day on the water (or a method session after skunking) is definitely a mainstay. Nevertheless, alcohol dehydrates us and going into an extended day on the water, particularly muskie fishing, dehydration is the very last thing you need to your physique. Muskie fishing is bodily. Alcohol and the dehydration related to it results in sore and aching muscle groups. Your determine 8s is not going to be as crisp, and your focus will wane a lot simpler. This results in missed alternatives. Hold the alcohol to a minimal. Hold your physique feeling higher and your focus sharper. It is going to result in extra fish.

I don’t find out about you, however once I make a journey, it’s to a spot the place I’ve an opportunity at a fish that I in all probability can’t catch on my residence waters. You need to have the ability to take full benefit of those alternatives when you may have them. You may have a pair further cocktails together with your fishing buddies throughout the offseason. The time we’ve to fish is fleeting and also you wish to take advantage of it. This leads me to my final word.

Take pleasure in It

Take pleasure in your time on the water. Take pleasure in these moments with family and friends. Take that fishing journey. You by no means know when your final day on the water will probably be.

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