How to Hold a Muskie

How to Hold a MuskieMuskies are the king of the freshwater fish and can grow to weights exceeding 70 pounds. Armed with powerful jaws and rows of razor-sharp teeth, this top-line predator can severely damage an angler's hand or arm if he isn't careful. There is a proper way to hold a muskie to prevent this from happening.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Gloves
Step 1
In order to hold a muskie, you'll have to catch one first. Most hardcore muskie anglers use a cradle to land the fish, but a sturdy landing net will suffice.
Step 2
Once the fish is in the net, try to keep the fish in the water if you plan to release it. When handling a muskie, always wear a pair of leather work gloves and grab the fish by the caudal peduncle, which is the muscular section of the fish above the tail.
Step 3
Once the hook is out and you want to hold the fish for a quick picture, keep a firm grasp on the caudal peduncle with one hand and support the belly with the other. This will ensure the fish's internal organs are not injured and the angler's hands stay far away from the fish's mouth.
Step 4
Lower the muskie back in the water and continue to hold the caudal peduncle until the fish regains its strength and swims away.

Tips & Warnings

Lindy Fish Handling Gloves are rubber-line gloves that allow anglers to grip slimy fish such as muskies.

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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