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Old 03-02-2021, 08:55 AM
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I was pulling cranks on Mille Lacs last October for walleye and hooked into a GIANT Muskie. My brother tried to land her with my Beckman and she couldn't fit. I missed the fish of a lifetime because my net wasn't near big enough. I've got a 17 1/2 foot Lund single console so not a ton of room for a giant net but still want something that if it were to happen again, I could at least land it and get some photos. I've looked at Ranger nets and they seem to be what I'm looking for but any suggestions from you will be MUCH appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-02-2021, 01:02 PM
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I had the same thing happen last summer with a northern my wife had on at Devils Lake. I'm thinking about keeping two different sized nets in the boat this year.
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Old 03-02-2021, 01:12 PM
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That's what I do. I have smaller crappie net, my standard ego sliding net for walleye/bass and then the big Frabil for when I'm in muskie waters.
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Old 03-02-2021, 01:16 PM
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I sent you a pm regarding net. I maybe able to help with a Muskie net
Stow master makes a collapsible net for Muskie kinda pricey for a just in case net INMO though
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Old 03-02-2021, 02:38 PM
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If you watch Keys Outdoors they are using the RS Nets. Big nets, well built. I have a Walleye size but will be looking into the Muskie net.
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Old 03-02-2021, 03:26 PM
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I have a stowmaster I use for salmon. They are on the heavy side. I have used it fishing solo. But I have switched to a ranger when going solo. Little bit easier on my 52 year old arms. But you want Heavy duty for muskies. Big advantage is you can leave them folded up when not fishing for muskies. They even have a cover you can buy for net storage. Would recommend unfolding it at the start of Muskie fishing. Not waiting till you have one on.
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Old 03-02-2021, 04:46 PM
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I've never had one but everything I read about Ranger Nets will have me own one when I go net shopping.
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Old 03-02-2021, 05:41 PM
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Try using a cradle as a backup for larger fish. I've been using a Frabill musky cradle for years after seeing them used at a CPR lodge up north. The overall handling of big fish is much easier on them, and me also.
I stow mine in under the side ledge with paddles etc. and am usually able to get it in play before the fish comes to the side of the boat.
If the picture works, that is a 40" pike in the cradle
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Old 03-03-2021, 05:11 AM
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Oh man, here goes the $$$ again! These posts have inspired me to keep a Stowmaster Muskie net in the boat at all times! Off to go price out nets......
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Old 03-03-2021, 05:40 AM
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Thanks guys for your input. I like the cradle idea for being able to store it when not needed.
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