Muskie - Fishing Open Water with Cory Allen

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Instructor: Cory Allen
Categories: Freshwater Muskie

Fish, especially musky, are oriented to their environment, and open water fishing presents challenges. In this In The Spread musky fishing video, Cory Allen explains breaking down open water fishing elements and utilizing underwater topography to catch more big fish. By learning smarter bait presentation, you can achieve comfort and confidence in catching musky in open water.

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  • Guide: Renown guide Cory Allen demonstrates open water muskie fishing.
  • Challenge: Open water muskie fishing can be daunting, with many anglers hesitant to embrace the concept.
  • The Frontier: This method represents a largely unexplored aspect of musky angling due to the complexities of understanding suspended muskellunge behavior.
  • Approach: Allen uses an "X and Y" axis method to dissect open water elements and teach the technique.
  • Concept Clarification: Open water fishing does not mean fish are aimlessly floating; they're usually at a geo intersect point or related to some structure.
  • Techniques: Learn to identify topographical features, understand fish suspension, and select the right lures.
  • Lures Used: Cory uses a Joe Murphy safety pin spinner bait, an H20 Barbarian, and an Eastfield Swimbait.
  • Video Objective: Boost anglers' confidence and understanding of open water muskie fishing techniques.

Open Water Muskie Fishing

In the latest In The Spread muskie fishing video, we join the esteemed guide, Cory Allen, on a captivating journey into the vast expanse of open water. At first glance, these waters might seem devoid of any features. However, Allen showcases how these seemingly "featureless" stretches of water can be teeming with opportunities for the observant angler.

Challenges of Open Water Muskie Fishing

For many, the vastness of open water can be intimidating. The most significant hurdle isn't the actual fishing itself but embracing the idea. The vast open waters are often described as the "last great frontier" in the realm of musky angling. This title is well-earned, given the mystery surrounding the behaviors of muskellunge in these areas.

Interestingly, many of the largest muskies in any system spend most of their time suspended in these waters. But why? What drives these majestic creatures to suspend in such a seemingly random fashion? This is a question that has puzzled anglers for generations.

Demystifying the "No Man's Land"

Cory Allen takes a methodical, almost scientific approach to unravel this mystery. By employing an "X and Y" axis technique, he meticulously breaks down the elements of open water. This approach helps anglers visualize and understand the "whys" and "hows" of muskie behavior in these waters.

But what exactly is open water fishing? According to Allen, to the fish, there's no such thing as "open water." Fish are always somewhere for a reason, often influenced by some form of topographical feature or "structure." They're never aimlessly floating in the abyss. Instead, they're constantly orienting themselves based on these unseen factors.

Unlocking the Secrets of Open Water Fishing

The aim is to recognize and understand these hidden topographical features. When you do, you'll learn:

  • Why fish choose to suspend in certain areas.
  • Where these key areas are located.
  • How to effectively target these suspended fish.
  • The most effective lures for this unique style of fishing.

In this video, witness as Cory masterfully employs tools like the Joe Murphy safety pin spinner bait, the H20 Barbarian, and the Eastfield Swimbait. These tools allow him to explore parts of the water column often overlooked by most anglers. To them, these areas might seem as alien as the dark side of the moon. But with Cory's guidance, you'll soon realize that these suspended fish aren't as enigmatic as they might seem.

The In The Spread video with Cory Allen is more than just a tutorial; it's a deep dive into the art and science of open water muskie fishing. By the end, you'll not only have a better understanding of the techniques involved but also a newfound respect for the intricate dance of predator and prey that plays out beneath the surface. Dive in, and embark on a journey to unravel the secrets of the "no man's land" of fishing!

What is Open Water Fishing?
Q: Why is open water muskie fishing considered a challenge?

A: Open water muskie fishing can be daunting for many due to the seeming vastness of the water. The biggest challenge is for anglers to feel comfortable enough with the idea to even attempt it.

Q: What does Cory Allen mean by the "X and Y" axis approach?
A: Cory Allen's "X and Y" axis approach is a methodical way of breaking down open water elements to better understand and approach muskie fishing in seemingly featureless waters.

About the Techniques
Q: Are fish really just wandering aimlessly in open water?

A: No. Even in open water, fish are usually at some kind of geo intersect point or orienting themselves off a topographical feature or other forms of "structure".

Q: What lures does Cory Allen recommend for open water fishing?
A: Cory highlights the effectiveness of the Joe Murphy safety pin spinner bait, the H20 Barbarian, and the Eastfield Swimbait for open water muskie fishing.

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Cory Allen

Cory Allen, known as the Tennessee Muskie Authority, has years of expertise in muskie fishing. He is a skilled guide in the Tennessee River drainage basin, specializing in understanding muskellunge behavior and environmental conditions. Allen's dedication to his craft and continuous learning make him a valuable resource for both seasoned and novice anglers.

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