Saw this while rambling through some old pics and had to share. My buddy the Big Swede and I on a Lakewood Products monster ... quality US product for many years! Who else has fished on a Lakewood? ... See MoreSee Less
Great tips Pete. I see far too many videos of guys fumbling around with their camera, their bump-board, their <whatever>, with the fish out of the water.
Take a big game fish though and hook it with several hooks in the mouth, and restrain it with a rod & reel. So that fish surely has a fight or flight response, driven by adrenaline to no small degree I'll wager. That hormone will "drive" the heart, because cardiac output is the product of heart rate multiplied by stroke volume (the amount of blood that goes out of the heart as a fraction of what is coming in). Simply put: You exercise more, and your heart rate goes up...because your exercising muscle needs more oxygen. So your heart beats faster and pumps more blood--but it's a muscle itself, and needs oxygen. Now warm up the water so it holds less oxygen and that fish is in BIG trouble, because at a time where its heart really just needs to chill-out (literally and figuratively), it can't...because there is still adrenaline driving it. I've never read anything on the adrenal response of Esocids in the literature, but I'll bet the ranch that it exists. Thus a fish that swims away strong may well have a significant amount of adrenaline driving its instinctive desire to escape in a "flight or fight" type of response. This is natural of course, and will serve the fish (or any animal, basically) well in most circumstances in life. However, given that you can only breath so deeply and get only so much air into your lungs, your heart MUST beat faster in order to pump more blood to the rest of your body. But since the heart is a muscle itself, it also needs oxygen--which for a fish like the musky, can only come from the water. Now warm up the water so it holds less oxygen and that fish is in BIG trouble, because at a time where its heart really just needs to chill-out (literally and figuratively), it can't...because there is still adrenaline driving it. It's not going to end well for the musky, me thinks...
So the point is that the fish swims away strong because of adrenaline, and then its heart gets more and more ischemic (deprived of oxygen) because it can't get enough oxygen from the water, and that's when the cardiac arrhythmia(s) starts. At a time when the fish just needs to chill, its heart gets driven to death by the adrenaline released in response to the angling event. A double-whammy, and (in many cases) a dead musky. But to the angler, "she swam away strong" so all's well that ends well...right?
By the way--this is the same reason patients with chronic congestive heart failure get placed on beta-blocker medications (Toprol, Atenolol, etc): Because if you don't take a medication of that type, your heart can literally beat itself to death. And adrenaline is a huge part of the reason.
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Great tip, I caught a 44 incher about 15 years ago and wanted a pic so I ran the boat the boat tothe cabin and she slimed up and I spent a hour trying to revive her on the shore in late July and she didn't make it. I regret that catch to this day and now practice safe release when possible.
Hope you’re not overheating from this hot weather.
Pete, how about late night fishing and/or really early morning when the water cools a few degrees (even though the day temps may have reached 78+)? Safer to fish at those times?
Only lost one in 35+ years. Was a 26" er. Tried to revive him for an hour. Surface water temp. probably was a factor.
Pete do you think that the middle of September will be cool enough To musky fish safely? I know it's hard to tell right now. The Area, We planned on going up to Saint Germain at that time period normally we go the 2nd week of June. Just your thoughts. Would suggest top water or to fish deep?
Great comments Pete! I will follow your guidance. Thanks for spreading the word!
Thanks for the info. I think everyone targeting muskie in the hot summer months needs to really take your words of wisdom here. Tight lines Pete!
I haven't fished muskie in several years but I like that guys are going to great lengths to protect the fishery you should be commended, on the lighter side may I recommend trophy catfish 😉
Hot, dead still and sunny yesterday. Had some time in the afternoon so went for bass. Sometimes clues come quickly: as I was getting started a bass attacked a dragonfly... had a ball with a Livingston Lures Walking Boss topwater! ... then went swimming ... See MoreSee Less