in past seasons, folks are again trying to discredit the Chippewa Flowage Musky
Study on single hook mortality. Did they participate? Did they contribute?
What is their motivation for condemning a study that seeks only to provide
more information about the Muskie we all love to hunt…frankly, I don’t
know and I don’t care.
I also think that it does our sport and our fisheries no
service to have print publications for Musky and Pike continue to 'make
believe' that sucker fishing, whether employing a 'J' hook or a 'Circle Hook',
does little or no harm to the Muskie.
Surely, articles posted on MHM attempt to
cast doubt on competent catch and recapture studies by attempting to frame
the studies without 'independent peer review' as less than
accurate...That is just 'Mule Muffins'. There are NO
recognized independent and unbiased peer review authorities
qualified to make Musky study pronouncements. MHM is following the Chinese
model of information dissemination; "If you tell a lie loud enough
over and over again, people will take it as fact".
Here is something to consider:
Take a sharp hook and attach it to a 40 pound test
fishing line. Now, swallow the hook and give the end of the line to a
fisherman friend. Walk away from the friend until the line is taunt. Now,
signal your friend to pull as hard as he can on the line attached to the
hook that is now in your stomach while you run as fast as you can away from
What do you think will happen? Will the hook puncture
your stomach?…A good possibility. If not your stomach, will it snag
something in your throat… A good possibility. Now, with the hook snagged in
your throat or stomach, tell your friend to just cut the line.
Now that your throat or stomach has been severely
injured, DO NOT seek any medical
attention. Try to carry on with your life as though nothing had happened and
see how long you will live and see what quality of life you will have.
Surely, Muskie are not people…but they are still
animals with the same basic body functions that we have. It doesn’t take a
rocket scientist or peer review to noodle the conclusion that the puncturing of an animal’s
throat or stomach with a sharp pointed object cannot be a blessing for the
Forget the studies! Forget the ‘would be’ experts
and nay Sayers. Rely upon your own common sense. If you are using a
single hook sucker rig to catch Muskie (Standard or Circle), then you ARE
hooking or damaging the stomach or throat of the fish. When you release that Muskie you
condemn it to a slow and uncomfortable death. Sure, you can say you released
the fish and thump your chest about how you practice "Catch & Release" but in your heart you
know that that Muskie is just a "dead fish swimming".