Targeting Early Season Muskies in Sunset Country

Published Mar 28th, 2021

Patterning, spinners, and spawning-friendly spots. Tips and tricks for taking advantage of early muskie season. The third Saturday in June marks the opening of muskie season in Ontario’s Sunset Country. This timeframe was chosen to protect the muskie from direct fishing pressure prior-to and during spawning to maximize natural reproduction. The early season then, being […]

Release ‘Em to Stay Alive, Best Handling Practices

Published Oct 24th, 2020

Best Handling Practices for Survivability of Toothy Critters By Pete Maina Exactly like many good lessons learned (most importantly remembered) – the majority of my fishing lessons were learned the hard way. Many of these actually involved the catching of fish, but specifically here – I want to cover the topics of handling, release survivability […]

Revitalized AMSOIL Marine Product Line Ready for Summer Boating Season

Published May 3rd, 2016

AMSOIL INC. has introduced a new AMSOIL 25W-40 Synthetic-Blend Marine Engine Oil to round out the family of AMSOIL marine products. The 25W-40 Synthetic-Blend Marine Engine Oil is specifically designed for Mercury* motors that specify a synthetic-blend oil. The company has simultaneously given its full marine line fresh packaging. All AMSOIL marine lubricants now boast […]

Landing & Release of Muskies

Published Jul 27th, 2015

There are still folks out there, who it appears… will never learn… but the value and effectiveness of catch and release angling is continually becoming more evident and accepted as a valuable tool in maintaining or improving the quality of fishing. Whether it be voluntary, or mandatory via regulation, seemingly endless examples of rebounding fisheries […]

Handling, Landing & Releasing Muskies Alone

Published Jul 27th, 2015

In a way, this discussion may be somewhat off-topic for a release column. At least I thought so at first and pondered it a little. But in reality it isn¹t at all. My concern was that the act of landing a fish alone technically doesn¹t stick strictly to the question of proper tactics to ensure ultimate […]

Cold Water Muskies

Published Jul 27th, 2015

Muskies are truly different critters as fish go. No doubt about it! Those of us who fish for them are different critters as well; willing to put forth seemingly endless expenditure on tools of the trade, and endless hours in anguished expectancy of the next strike… and yet, we continue. Those long in the chase […]

Late Spring Muskie Fishing

Published Jul 27th, 2015

The late spring time frame can vary, depending on the latitude of the fishery in question, but to get a little more specific, we’re talking about the post-spawn period (about a month) and generally surface temperature ranges in the 60’s to low 70’s. It’s a great time of year (other than the bugs) for catching […]

Muskie Transport Vs. Survival

Published Jul 27th, 2015

As an avid and dedicated Esox Angler, I will continually try to discover/discuss factors directly linked to incidental mortality of muskie and pike … the fish intended to be released effectively. Most of us have seen “floaters:” Dead muskie or pike with no obvious reason for death. In most cases, these wasted fish are the […]

Are We Pushing Safe Fish Handling Too Hard?

Published May 20th, 2014

One of my favorite comments to hear from someone – is that catch and release – and handling information offered-up – has had positive effects… especially-so, if it resulted in saving a fish! Something I’ve long wrestled with regarding catch and release; size limits and fish handling: Are we (me) pushing too hard – taking […]

Natural Homemade Sunscreen:

Published Jun 27th, 2013

As many of you know Pete recently developed a type of allergic reaction to the sun and/or the sun’s reflection on the water. We have been experimenting with different natural remedies as we believe is an auto-immune issue known to be aggravated by free radicals.  Most sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals that […]

Pickled Northern Pike

Published Jun 19th, 2013

Pickled Pike. This recipe requires time and effort but is well worth it!  1 cup white vinegar 3/4 cup white sugar 3 bay leaves 4 whole cloves 1/2 tsp. whole allspice 1 tsp. whole mustard seed 1/2 tsp. whole black peppercorns 1/2 cup sweet white wine 1 cup pickling salt 2 qt. cold water 1 […]

Enter our Give-Away for a Pair of AMSOIL Mega Folding Chairs!

Published Jun 16th, 2013

by Esther Maina If you are like most busy people finding time to sit and relax can be very difficult. What if I told you that you just might be able to find time to relax simply by using AMSOIL Signature Series Motor Oil? How you say? Read on! When you use AMSOIL Signature Series […]

Veteran’s Vacation with Pete

Published May 9th, 2013

This year we are holding a Veteran’s Vacation with Pete event in Walker MN. If you’d like to attend the vacation please click this link for details. We are also raising funds to sponsor veterans and their families — the lodging for each family will cost $450.00 total. The resort gave us a deep discount […]

Monster Squad – Halloween Muskies in Hayward WI

Published Mar 18th, 2013

This will be a bittersweet episode, as it is Jim Hudson’s last episode filmed with Pete. Please share this episode as a tribute to Jim.  Pete Maina, Jim Hudson and Josh Tiegen are on the Hayward area lakes in the late fall, fighting the cold and also monster muskies, using a combination of live bait […]

Fast and Furious for Early Minnesota Trophy Muskies

Published Mar 5th, 2013

  Pete Maina, is joined by Dustin Carlson and Dave Williamson, as they target September, pre-turnover muskies in the Detroit Lakes area in Northern Minnesota – using topwater and bucktails – with speed triggers!

OFF TRACK: Pete Maina Hits Pennsylvania on Bass Pro Shops Tour

Published Feb 8th, 2013

Pro Muskie fisherman Pete Maina is on the Bass Pro Shop seminar trail. Maina, host of “The Next Bite” TV show, held a seminar at the Boat Show at the Harrisburg (Penn.) Bass Pro Shop, Jan. 26-27. Maina discussed how to turn Muskie follows into Muskie strikes. Continue the article here…

Milwaukee Muskie Expo

Milwaukee Muskie Expo – Friday, Feb. 15 at 7pm

Published Jan 25th, 2013

Don’t miss Pete’s seminar at the “World’s Greatest Muskie Fishing Show” – The Milwaukee Muskie Expo! Pete’s seminar will be on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7pm. For more information on the show, check out their website: and be sure to like their Facebook page to stay up to date will all the show happenings! […]

Home Builders Association of Fond Du Lac & Dodge Counties

Published Jan 25th, 2013

Pete will be speaking Saturday, March 23 at 11am and 2pm and signing autographs from 12:30pm-1:30pm.  All attendees of Pete’s seminar will receive one of his DVD’s! You can’t beat this deal – Come learn from Pete and get a DVD! For more information on the show, check out their website! Check out the Pete’s […]

Pete’s Tour Radio Interview Archive

Published Dec 27th, 2012

If you missed any of the Pete’s Tour Radio Interviews you can listen to any of the show archives listed below: Buckeye Sportsman Jim Slinsky’s Outdoor Talk Network Region Bass Buzz AM1230 WJOB Wild Michigan Outdoors Radio More archives will be added as they become available. Pete would like to thank all of the shows […]

Christmas Wish List: Fuzz Pink Hat

Published Dec 16th, 2012

Fuzzy Pink Hat Now you can have one of those Fuzzy Pink Hats just like Pete! Originally a trademark of the Brian Shram Band, was made popular by Pete Maina with Fisherman all over North American and Europe.Did someone say “Lucky Fishing Hat?”  Get your OFFICIAL PINK HAT TRADEMARK OF THE FISHIN’ ROCKERS PETE MAINA AND BRIAN SCHRAM Today! […]

Christmas Wish List: Pete’s Book Tour Giveaway Special

Published Dec 16th, 2012

Pete’s Book Tour Giveaway Special This is an unbelievable deal! Buy both of Pete’s books, and a Pink Fuzz Hat and you’ll get Pete and John’s DVD Collection for FREE! Don’t forget to have your books autographed! You can purchase Pete’s Book Tour Giveaway by clicking here! See All Wish List Items

Christmas Wish List: Mr Heater MH9BX – Portable Buddy

Published Dec 16th, 2012

Mr Heater MH9BX – Portable Buddy Fold-Down Handle for compact storageSwivel Out Regulator for easy fuel connectionDesigned and approved for emergency indoor & outdoor useAutomatic low oxygen shutoff systemAccidental tip-over safety shutoffLightweight, easy to carryHeats up to 200 sq. ft.Connects directly to a 20 lb. cylinder with optional hose See All Wish List Items