Muskie - Trolling Topwater Lures with Cory Allen

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Instructor: Cory Allen

Muskie fishing can be challenging when trying to catch big fish. Slow trolling is a technique that can trigger a reaction, especially when dealing with bigger fish. Cory Allen, a renowned musky hunter, has made a name for himself by experimenting outside the conventional box and using slow trolling. He shares his techniques, lures, and tips for setting up a spread and managing speeds. By learning from the best, you can increase your success and become a more successful musky hunter.

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    Surface Detonation: Big muskies sometimes subtly nip the trailer hook of a topwater lure.
    Big Fish Behavior: Large muskies may require slower lure presentations to trigger a bite.
    Trolling Topwater: Cory Allen discusses the nuances of trolling topwater musky lures.
    Importance of Trolling: Trolling can mimic an infinite cast, often triggering bites during turns.
    Slow Presentations: Bigger fish may only respond to very slow lure presentations.
    Topwater Musky Lures: Cory Allen profiles top lures for slow speeds.

    Key Takeaway: Knowledge is essential for success in muskie fishing.

Surface Detonation of Big Muskie

Who doesn't love the sight of a big muskie exploding on a topwater lure? However, sometimes that dramatic "detonation" is merely in our heads. Some of the largest fish might just subtly nip the trailer hook and vanish with the lure. If you're not paying attention, you might miss the entire show. Considering how truly large fish behave, sometimes a super slow presentation over a long distance is what's needed to entice a bite.

In The Spread Muskie Fishing Video

This In The Spread muskie fishing video showcases Cory Allen discussing the art of trolling topwater musky lures. He delves deep into the subtleties of certain baits that are best fished slowly. There are moments when big muskie won't be enticed by fast or even medium-fast presentations. Sometimes, you need an exceptionally long stretch that casting simply can't provide.

    Trolling: At its core, trolling is akin to making an infinitely long cast. If you've trolled extensively, you'd know that many bites happen during a turn when the bait momentarily slows down before accelerating again. What's the reason behind this? For larger fish that are only attracted to subtle topwater presentations, the main challenge with casting is the lack of distance. This is where trolling becomes invaluable.

Cory Allen will elaborate on why larger fish are more receptive to slower presentations and how trolling can be used to exploit this behavior. He'll highlight several topwater musky lures that, in his opinion, excel at very slow speeds. Remember, sometimes the slow and steady approach is the winning strategy. It's crucial to be ready for those instances when it's the only effective method.

Key Takeaway: Knowledge is your most potent weapon. Equip yourself with the right insights. Fish Smarter.


Why do big muskies sometimes only nip the trailer hook?
Big muskies, at times, subtly approach the lure and nip the trailer hook instead of a full-on bite. This behavior can be so discreet that if an angler isn't paying close attention, they might miss it.

What is the significance of trolling in muskie fishing?
Trolling is akin to making an infinite cast. It allows for a longer presentation of the lure, which can be essential when dealing with bigger fish that require slower lure movements. Many bites occur during turns when the bait momentarily slows down.

Why do bigger fish prefer slower presentations?
Bigger muskies can be more selective and cautious. Slow presentations can mimic natural prey behavior, making it more enticing for these fish.

How can anglers prepare for situations where only slow presentations work?
Anglers should be equipped with knowledge and the right lures. Cory Allen suggests having a variety of topwater musky lures designed for slow speeds.

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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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