Pete Maina

Muskie Expert and Professional Angler

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It's #ToothlessTuesday ... who else got some fish with lips?

Dad Tex and I got out - just in time for the snow to hit Sunday.

Tex is tough as we had to do a bit hole hopping. Interesting suspended bite as the fish were up high, about halfway down - and moving a lot.

Ended up keeping a few for a very fresh fish dinner as well.
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Its #ToothlessTuesday ... who else got some fish with lips?

 Dad Tex and I got out - just in time for the snow to hit Sunday.

Tex is tough as we had to do a bit hole hopping. Interesting suspended bite as the fish were up high, about halfway down - and moving a lot.

Ended up keeping a few for a very fresh fish dinner as well.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Shabbona Illinois A couple 14”ers

love ya tex...go get em...

Good ole mighty Mississippi River.

Tex is my wife's hero. She's never met a fish that wasn't delicious. Filet and release.

Fish with your dad as much as you can ! I sure miss fishing with mine😞

Love seeing pics of you and your Dad. Priceless memories. You and Esther enjoy yourselves in the warmth. Safe travels.

Yup

Way to get out, tasty!

Not a great picture, but 8 lb bass do exist in Illinois.

Text is my favorite fishing celebrity. God bless him.

Your dad looks like a very wise man.Very cool.

Awesome! If you're ever in the central U.P. I'll get ya drunk lol.... Certainly can't outfish ya!

Nice crappie

Iowa crappies today.

And is it going to be wolf Wensday this week?

Good for you!! Enjoy!πŸ‘

Great pictures! Great job Tex!πŸ‘πŸŽ£

TEX is happy.

Cinco de Crappie

Pete look at the musky that my great uncle caught little st Germain July 1964

Nice smallmouth I caught last summer

Love crappies

AWESOME πŸ‘ Go Tex!! Good table fare, yummy

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Monday is muskie day and all those afflicted like big ones. The combination of superior genetics and forage (lots of) grows the biggest.

Recently discussed the topic of the Leech Lake strain of muskie in WI waters with Larry Ramsell and the Today's Angler guys. Vid uploaded yesterday on their channel.

These 2 muskies were amongst several big fish that came from a lake stocked with Leech strain ... project deemed a failure ... ?

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#muskiemonday #muskiessuck #muskiestrains
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Monday is muskie day and all those afflicted like big ones. The combination of superior genetics and forage (lots of) grows the biggest.

Recently discussed the topic of the Leech Lake strain of muskie in WI waters with Larry Ramsell and the Todays Angler guys. Vid uploaded yesterday on their channel.

These 2 muskies were amongst several big fish that came from a lake stocked with Leech strain ... project deemed a failure ... ?

Todays Angler

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DNR has been doing a study over 10 years in Madison, all of the numbers show the leech lake strain is doing very well in size and population. Duration 2006- on going Fingerlings stocked with pit tags Wisconsin strain 6298 Leech lake strain 5153 2018 data presented in March 23rd 2019 Approximately 300 pit tagged muskies captured 30 over 40” 9 Wisconsin strain largest 44” 21 Leech Lake strain largest 48.5” A local guide Jeff Hanson has 71 recaptured with pit tags, 8 over 40” 6 Leech 2 Wisconsin Strain

Great podcast Pete, I really hope this sheds some light on what we could possibly experiment with again in northern Wisconsin. There’s a lot of clubs that would be on board with this.

I bet most of the people here crying about not having leech lake fish are the same people who say millennials are entitled and have had everything handed to them. If you want to catch leech lake fish, plan a trip to where you can catch them. You'll have a shot to catch one in 2021 rather than 2031.

Why not try lake dubay with the leech strain. Current, deep water, pike habitat. Can’t hurt. Petenwell and castle as well.

Hey Pete - have you ever come across any fish with lampreys on them - doing some research for a group here in the 1000 islands.

Give me a relatively small, forage rich lake, let me plant a limited number of WI strain Muskie, now the important thing, NO ONE targets the Muskie for 15 years. Then let me fish it. I will show you some very fa huge fish. I was lucky enough to be in on the early Muskie angling on Green Bay. Big FAT dumb uneducated fish. After a few years of angling pressure….: a whole new story.

Several years ago, through the ice on Lake of Two Mountains near Montreal, Canada. This old girl refused to go back sadly, tried swimming her for an hour.

What a great idea... It would have to be in the larger lakes Petenwell & Castle Rock, Winnebago, the Madison area chain of lakes and the flowages

After how many years was it deemed a failure? Our MI chapter has stocked Leech Lake strain in one of the lakes we work with the (PA) PFBC about 10 years ago. We saw a big showing in that typical 30-45” range but it seems they’ve almost disappeared and not seeing any big fish the last two years

Everybody loves to point fingers and play the blame game but no one ever seems to have the answer to the actual question. Why would the DNR intentionally grenade a potential break thru in Wisconsin Musky fishing? I dont care to speculate on social media as to why the DNR does what it does. But when Larry starts name dropping and bashing people in the first 5 minutes, it says alot more about him, than it does about those hes discrediting.

Probably only deemed a failure so someone could get a pay hike at the expense of something else.

Good stuff Pete, thanks for joining us.

That was a very interesting podcast. Thanks for your contribution.

That was a good watch πŸ‘ 52-54” in 10 years with a moderate forage base...yep...sounds like a failure alright lol. Like you said, who would want to catch bigger, dumber muskies?!

Years ago a Muskie club stocked leech lake muskies in 2 different Illinois lakes, both under 160 acres. One lake kicked out a 54 and numerous other 50 inchers. The smaller lake had numerous 50s up to 52 1/2.

This might be venturing out into the weeds, but the data might yield some some insight into this discussion. Hybrids. Seeing as how they are mostly hatchery created creatures, there is bound to be data on what fish were used to breed said creation. While it is rare to get a hybrid larger than 42”, every so often, there will be a lake that give up high 40 inch specimens for a few years, which of course die out quick as they don’t reproduce (an example might be Kentuck or LVD). Do hatcheries keep track of the parentage of these fish, and the strain used to make them?

Shocking to hear the size of those fish after only 10 years

Yeah, Nancy in it's hayday... πŸ™‚ What a shame they didn't let that continue and move it to other lakes. I remember the first WI Restoration Meeting with the Johnson brothers, Benson and myself and then Larry. Frustrating...

That was a good watch Pete. Maybe wico. Needs to take a share lunker approach to musky like Texas has done with large mouth bass? On another note the water I call home ( upper potomac River ) in Maryland has had a population of reproducing musky sence the late 80's/ early 90's with many big fish. Recently these fish have come under tough times with recent floods and very heavy angling pressure. To my knowledge maryland is one of the only states that have a reproducing population but don't have a musky in. Chapter to help protect/ preserve this vulnerabile fishery Id like to change that before this special southern fishery is lost. No one is sure how these fish ended up in the potomac but I have my ideas also not sure what strain we have.

It was an awesome podcast

Classic photo Pete. You still maintain the “flow”. My sons lingo.

Why doesn't the wi dnr reassess the stocking plans with increased interest and technology it should be looked at every five years and adapted to current trend.

Best hair in fishing by far

I have a week of musky fishing and some walleye shore lunch scheduled on Leech, 1st week of August:) hoping for a 1st with that strain.

I’d love to see you chase skis on Fence Lake in vials county. Big deep, clear with lots of forage. There has to be huge fish in there.

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Hey Texans!

I hope you're thawing first of all; we made it above freezing by a degree here.

So I'm going to Galveston TX and I want to fish ... of course... any anglers down that way; can we catch some fish?

#muskiessuck #lovetofish #illfishforanything
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Who's ears are still ringing after listening to this? Enjoy Galveston!

Kelli Prescott got any advice for this squakin old pro?

Incredible singing voice. Ever think about touring with Bob Dylan?πŸ₯΄

Sounds good

Eric Stadig

I was in Corpus Christi in November. Everyone I talked to said "no fish here"

Go to Choke Canyon Lake in Three Rivers. 80 plus degrees and large bass. Watch out for these things.

Livingston lures is out of Texas

Pete- reach out to my son Connor Blaszka he lives in Galveston and knows everything about fishing there. There have been a lot of fish dying because of the cold.. but he could point you in the right direction !

Considering what "that" was, i think you need to go way farther than apologize. Maybe a sizable donation to a music school?

How thick is the ice in Texas?πŸ˜†

Oh no you don't...πŸ˜ŽπŸ€£β˜ƒοΈ

Save that little song when your trying to KILL Old Man Winter, truthfully that's much better than I could sing πŸ˜„

Stick to fishing Pete.

YES.

Keep your regular job as a fishermen. Lol

Ya Pete, go to Texas and sing a tune. You should be back faster than Esther can blink. πŸ˜‚

When you coming back east to chase some mid Atlantic musky Pete?

Great rendition!πŸ˜‚

πŸ˜„πŸŽΆπŸ˜³πŸ˜Ž

That was baaaaaaaad...

My 1st Musky of the year !πŸ˜‚

They appear to need food and water

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A little muskie dreaming again today.

Memorable one here: Mike (aka Stinky) Pitts - with a topwater fish in bullrushes - one of the most amazing fights I've witnessed.

In reality, big muskie battles are often short and fairly uneventful .... that culminate quickly with relief once in the bag ...

Not this one! In three feet of water, it was in and out of it and charging all around. Poor Mike got yanked from one end of the boat to the other multiple times.

Anyone with exceptional fight stories?

#muskiedreaming #muskiessuck #whosaysfishinaintcool
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A little muskie dreaming again today.

Memorable one here: Mike (aka Stinky) Pitts - with a topwater fish in bullrushes - one of the most amazing fights Ive witnessed.

In reality, big muskie battles are often short and fairly uneventful .... that culminate quickly with relief once in the bag ...

Not this one! In three feet of water, it was in and out of it and charging all around. Poor Mike got yanked from one end of the boat to the other multiple times.

Anyone with exceptional fight stories?

#muskiedreaming #muskiessuck #whosaysfishinaintcool

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My father’s P B caught in 1975.

Beautiful fish great job guys

My personal best was 54” caught trolling in Canada on a big shad color 13” Grandma Lure. I thought i hit a stump when it locked-up, then realized i was over very deep water. The “stump” got airborne with a big jump and then charged my boat. It was a pretty good fight. Now the best fight winner goes to a 52” that hit boatside on a figure-8 in the middle of the night. I saw a flash or two behind my Eagle Tail in the lantern light, then we locked up. White water everywhere. Nothing like a 40- pound fish hitting with 3 feet of line out.

Got my PB on a figure 8, about the 4th turn. Ran on me twice and even jumped on me. Went around the back of the boat and under before he finally settled down for the net. Picture perfect scenario and perfect net job from my boat partner. Donnie Myers

My biggest fish is a 50.5” fish caught on Vermilion. It hit a Cowgirl at the end of the cast. It fought pretty hard and made a couple boatside runs. The scariest thing was my uncle was my boat partner and he had never netted anything bigger than a 30” pike. Not to mention, he isn’t much of a fisherman. I talked him through it and he got it done.

Biggest Muskie we ever caught and released was really shallow north side of Mille lacs when they would congregate in big numbers up there on the sand. Smashed a top water prop bait in 3 feet of water. Thing was 50” and barely put up a fight so I know what you mean lol

First snowfall of the year and we went out to Palo after finishing some work before the snow. Running DT’s in one of our our usual spots and we had got on some wiper. Right after I caught a nice one I had a feeling we were on a school so I threw back in and got smoked on a stop and go action on my next cast. She chomped hard and took off towards the bottom and I thought I had another wiper until the line went slack and a 45” mama jumped out of the water. She jumped two times and I was using 12# Floro with no leader. Safe to say was the most incredible fight I’ve ever had! Hurry up spring time! lol

My most exciting Muskie fights have been when I’m not fishing for them, instead, accidental hookups while fishing for walleye on lighter gear

Hey Pete, lost a big musky in Trout Lake by the narrows in early 90s on a crawler. Possibly 36 or more, I will never forget.

Great story Pete.i can imagine.

The best fight story I've ever had there was no fight. Had a mid 30s musky hot on a bucktail. My boat was positioned on the dirty side of a mud line. That fish came in so hot but never made the turn in the figure 8 ran right into side of boat and knocked himself out cold lol. I just reached down with net and scooped him up. Took a minute but he came back around to swim off.

I got one, wife was working the trolling motor on my little 16’ alumacraft crappie deluxe, throwing a bucktail. While I was distracted by a fouled lure, she hooked a 38” thick bodied ski. Fish was full of fight, and charged 90 degrees from the boat, port side. I told her to shut off the motor, but in a panic, she cranked the speed all the way up, turned the motor in the direction the fish was going, and kicked the foot control overboard. I ended up pulling the power to the motor eventually, but by that time, the boat had gone through a half dozen spins, and line was wound are the motor. By the time the fish was landed, maybe 5 long minutes later, we were both so dizzy, I thought we were going to throw up.

Rewind back to 2009, limited opportunities to fish different water than a certain lake. I was struggling hard to catch a musky actually asked Pete if he fished this lake back on the next bite forum. Recommended to fish different water or if your stuck just keep trying. Well I never gave up on that lake....... Caught a lot of musky between 2010 and 2020 on different lakes and rivers. But... I knew big fish were on this lake I banged out a 50.5 in Sept. Out of that lake. Hit on a gravel rock transition on a wind blown point near deep water. Had to do the hang over the boat to pull her away from the motor. Fought her side to side in shallow water as I blew up on to the point. Epic fight by myself got her in the bag. Cut out the hooks got an OK pic and let her go. All that time and hard work paid off.

Got to high 40s quite a few years back that I hooked on one side of a dike separating two waters connected by a culvert... An upper and a lower body of water... The fish actually got too close to the Culvert and went through it I hit free spool set the rod down and waited for the fish to come out on the other side grabbed a hold of the line and actually got the fish up to shore..no rod.. gilled it..got a picture and let her go..

Had a mid 40s snap off at the boat late 70s . Two hours later we saw a white belly floating off aways . Red and white Swim Whiz still in its yap and it's gills gently venting . Scooped it into the net.

Love it! Nice catch! πŸ‘β€οΈπŸŽ£

Wow that’s awesome congrats

Nice musky ....

Superior, Apostle Islands

Feisty fish wasn't it!!😲

Awesome fish 🐟 God bless

I've had a 25-30 pounder jump straight up out of 18 feet of water, look me in the eye, shake his head and spit the spinner bait right back in the boat.

Cool! Looks like a cold day too.

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#FridayFunnies

Your first thoughts? Who knows a kid like him?

Me: Future muskie addict, lure and boat designer.

Have a great weekend all!

#muskiessuck
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#FridayFunnies 

Your first thoughts? Who knows a kid like him?

Me: Future muskie addict, lure and boat designer.

Have a great weekend all!

#muskiessuck

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Pre-Dentist

That is what paxton needs

Tony Caldieraro

Boat designer ? Champion ?

Kévin Vdb ton fils sera là pour aider papa et ses deux mains gauches πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

This Little Man has been in my boat since he was big enough to wear a PFD. His kindergarten classmates get bombarded with fishing stories.

Little guy looks sooo into it as well. Lol. Cute picture. I’ve already talked my daughter into letting me take the granddaughters out ice fishing next winter. They will be 2 and 3 1/2. Going to see them chase flags!!! Should be fun

Little guy wanted to be like dad last weekend, it was one of those proud dad moments for sure

Not sure if this is to rustic but I just made this for one of my camps. All with a chain saw.

Yer my first Indestructible tonka toy . I got a screw diver and a hammer πŸ”¨ and flat-packed it to its individual components.. not so indestructible as they said .. lol tiz why I'm not allowed nice things lol

Just had our daughter Wren, but I’m in no rush for her to be old enough to join me in the boat! One day it’ll be hard to believe she was this small πŸ™‚

What a great pic....

Where are the safety glasses ha

were is the "Pete and John" to be found???? Times????

That drill is circa Fred Flintstone!

Ahhhh.......No.

I like to see his/her union card!

Put em to work early! Lol.

My first thought was that he is very close to the edge of that table hes on.

That is my kid for sure!!

Tool time Tim Taylor Jr. More power!⚑️⚑️⚑️

Glasses πŸ€“

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