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My son thought he would try his hand at muskie fishing while I was going for big smallies. He won, it was his first muskie trip ever. I would show you the smallies I caught but,........................ I don't want to.

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What a Gorgeous Ski ~ 

 

Congrats to him

 

A-Jay

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Great fish! Looks like a tiger musky, and 48" is a monster!

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Turkey Sandwich is correct, it looks to be a Tiger Muskie. Beautiful fish!

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I thought it looked like a tiger muskie as well. Beautiful fish regardless!

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Beautiful T-musky! Almost broke fifty inches!

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Wow! Nice Tiger! That fish is huge for a Tiger Muskie. What did he catch it on?

Also, I hope you are planning a replica for that beast (assuming she is back swimming safely), because your son may go a long time before topping that.

Congratulations to your son!

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Congrats. beautiful tiger! replica worthy fish right there. I hope your son remembers that moment forever. I know you will!

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Trophy fish. Congrats to you both. Those tigers are beautiful.

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Man!!  That is huge!

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Very nice!  Now somebody educate this california boy.  Is a Tiger Musky just a variation in markings and color, or a different species?

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Very nice! Now somebody educate this california boy. Is a Tiger Musky just a variation in markings and color, or a different species?

A Tiger Muskie is a cross between a Female Musky and Male Pike. They are sterile in nature, hence why a lot of places stock them (i.e., to have direct management over what's in a lake). Plus, Tiger Muskie are easier to raise in a hatchery (don't require live food like a Musky) and are a little more agressive in the wild. The most obvious way to tell the difference between a Musky and a Tiger Musky is the marking, however, I have seen some pure bred Musky in the barred phases look like a Tiger. So the second way to tell the difference is by the tail. Pure bred Muskie have a pointed tail where a Tiger Muskie (and Pike) have a rounded tail at the tips. There is a third way and that is counting the pours under the jaw, but you'll never be able to do that looking at a picture and only comes in handy when you are holding the fish and really don't know what it is.

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Cool, thanks for the education!  Can they cross Female Pike and male Musky?

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Dang.....what a gorgeous fish. I can only imagine the pulling power of such a monster. 

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Wow! Nice Tiger! That fish is huge for a Tiger Muskie. What did he catch it on?

Also, I hope you are planning a replica for that beast (assuming she is back swimming safely), because your son may go a long time before topping that.

Congratulations to your son

 It was a Tiger Muskie, I should have clarified that. He caught it on a huge 8'' lighter weight spinner.  As far a a replica is concern, he is  planning on catching it again when it gets bigger, lol, then make the replica. Knowing my son I wouldn't doubt that happening.

  I should add, we were fishing out of a small 8' "Crawdad" type pond boat.

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Did you eat it? :wink2:

 

Helluva fish

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It was a Tiger Muskie, I should have clarified that. He caught it on a huge 8'' lighter weight spinner.  As far a a replica is concern, he is  planning on catching it again when it gets bigger, lol, then make the replica. Knowing my son I wouldn't doubt that happening.

Do a replica now and one after he catches it again. Show the stages of growth.

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As far a a replica is concern, he is planning on catching it again when it gets bigger, lol, then make the replica. Knowing my son I wouldn't doubt that happening.

Not to be a musky snob, but let your son know that if he does want to catch that fish again (or any musky), I would advise against holding them vertically. With a fish that size, holding that way puts a lot of stress on it's neck.

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I didn't want to be that guy LC but I agree. those big long toothy guys need support when held. I'd get that replica made now Jig. that's a beast of a tiger.

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Not to be a musky snob, but let your son know that if he does want to catch that fish again (or any musky), I would advise against holding them vertically. With a fish that size, holding that way puts a lot of stress on it's neck.

 

Not being a snob just helping to educate. Pike & musky over 20lbs need to be held horizontally.

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Not to be a musky snob, but let your son know that if he does want to catch that fish again (or any musky), I would advise against holding them vertically. With a fish that size, holding that way puts a lot of stress on it's neck.

Thanks for the info, I will let him know. Like I said this was our first muskie trip and his second muskie ever. We'll know better next time.

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What a beauty! Get that replica made now, you never know when someone else will catch that monster and have it mounted!

 

Tom

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