muskie fishing videos in the spread dwayne hickey tennessee musky
Mar 15, 2019

Muskie, the Hated | Kill em' All | Dwayne Hickey

"Havin any luck"? "Nope, just a couple small ones". "That's a good looking top your fishin". "Yep, I usually pull a few goods one outta here". "You boys bass fishin"? "No, we're musky fishin". Suddenly, a friendly smile turns into a arrogant smirk, followed by "well I hope you catch em all"!!! That's a nice comment from a crappie fisherman. Try talking muskies with a serious bass fisherman on or off the water. The conversation almost always is negative and can turn down rite ugly! Bass guys have told me they kill "ever one I catch"! Some have bragged about tossing the fish on the bank for the Buzzards to eat. Come on guys. Let's discuss it briefly.


Do bluegill eat bass eggs? Good answer. Do bass, crappie,perch,catfish and walleye eat minnows?Including there own fry? Two for two! Ever had a bass hit your bluegill as you were fighting it? Man, you're good. You know Mr. Bass picked up the distress signal put out by Mr. Gill. As he moved in, he saw an injured, struggling meal. Lateral line and sight! In t animal and fish world basic instincts demand the elimination of the weak. Muskies are opportunistic feeders, well equipped to emanate the week. And a struggling fish on the end of the line? You just lost your 14 inch bass! A targeted hit? Congratulations, you answered every question quickly and with confidence! Targeted hits are when muskie, bass, walleye and other gamefish stay within striking distance of a ball (school) of shad or hanging around creek mouths where suckers are working the bottom. Plentiful and full of protein. Soft rayed, easily to digest. Kinda makes sense don't it?


To ease your mind even further, you could go on line and take a look at DNR studies conducted by several states relating to the muskies diet in stocked lakes or river systems. You'll find that the diet of these fish are roughly 95 percent fish. Of that 95 percent, bass and other gamefish combined make up roughly 3 percent! Through in a couple % points for rodents, fowl, and snakes. There you go. I would add that even if those numbers were off by 3 percent there would not be an issue. Muskies do not prey on gamefish as long as there is ample supply of baitfish. The rivers and lake I fish all have thredfin, gizzard shad and abunchalot of suckers.


I admit that the muskie looks quite fierce with that big ole mouthful of teeth, that mean attitude, and the unpredictability of the fish. And I LIKE IT! But studies have proven that bass, pan fish, and muskies all share the water the way nature intended, in harmony. Hopefully, more Anglers will take time to study up a bit on the habits of muskies. I was a regular bass guy at one time, going about my bass business. About 25 years ago I was infected by the muskie bug. There is no know cure for this bug, although (With therapy) I can now enjoy fishing for multiple species again!


Dwayne Hickey


Mid-TN Musky

The Latest from the Blog

  • best time trophy musky tennessee dwayne hickey in the spread fishing videos

    Trophy Musky Fishing | Best Time | Dwayne Hickey

    The best time to fish? A nice two or three day warming trend always helps. Fishing pre front conditions and moon phases can also increase you odds. If I'm fishing post cold front conditions I usually go up in the "skinny" on the Collins river.
    Read more
  • musky lures jigs dwayne hickey in the spread fishing videos

    Jigging for Muskie | Clear Skinny Water | Dwayne Hickey

    I've learned over the years that muskie fishing can be challenging when your dealing with clear, skinny water. At times you can see the fish lying along side a weed bed or if the water is super clear muskies can be spotted in ten feet of water. The upper half of the Collins river has plenty of weed beds, gravel bars and slick limestone bottoms. These are the times when sight fishing and the "cat & mouse game come in to play. I make sure to have hooks on the lures for this cat & mouse game. Polarized sunglasses are a must!
    Read more
  • musky lures H2O tackle cory allen in the spread fishing videos

    Musky Lures | Bottom Contact | Tick, Tick, Boom

    When all else fails, and you know fish are present...make it known that you are, too. It was paramount in many of the teachings of Buck Perry to make bottom contact when fishing. Granted much of this was centered firmly around bass fishing, and while it isn’t entirely canon, many other species suspend far more than largemouth bass, and thus bottom bouncing might be a misappropriation of depth control.
    Read more
View All