I launched late. It was almost lunch time. The plan was to drift around and cast the same area I was fishing last year then perhaps explore a different section. If I got lucky, then perhaps I'd see one or two, maybe get one to follow the lure, and it would be an alright day. Well within the first 30 minutes I drift directly over one. So of course, I stayed in the same area and kept casting. Half an hour later...
Fat 36" Musky
An hour in and I would have been happy if that was the end of my trip. But of course, I wasn't leaving yet. I decided to make one more drift before trying somewhere else.
Thing is, when you drift right over another one it makes darn near impossible to move to another area. Over the next few hours I saw a total of 4, two of which were nice sized. I tried a few other lures but I eventually went back to the one I had most confidence in, the big glide bait. Not long after, a big headed beast followed but veered away before just before I could try to circle the lure around at the yak. I suspect the wind pushing my kayak into its path didn't help.
A few casts later my line came tight abruptly and the water erupted. I got all giddy again and she was pretty with that green iridescence on her back, streaking up and down the river. I kept yelling "oh you so beautiful!" but she was forever pissed. When she calmed down, I nervously put the boga lip grip on her and quickly slid my hand up the attached rope. As suspected, the signature tornado of teeth and giant trebles ensued. After the final tantrum, I slid her over the side and there was no doubt that I had a new personal best.
She measured out at 43" for a Virginia Citation (trophy)
As good as it was, I figured I would try a little longer.
An hour later, with the wind really starting to bother me,
I packed it up...
More than content with my "stress-free" musky trip.