RE: NANFA-- Man Fishes for Musky with Foot

Crail, Todd (
Mon, 16 Dec 2002 10:10:43 -0500

"Ouch, Says Bait" That's pretty funny.

This all reminds me of one of my most favorite clips from In-Fisherman
Television. It's a sceen (staged of course) where Al Linder is out fishing.
A lady is seen screaming from a dock and he goes to see if there's something
he can help with. She's screaming and yelling that 'Poor fluffy fell into the
water and one of those big toothy torpedo looking fish ate him! Oh poor

Camera pans back to Al and you see the "lightbulb" go off.

He then asks: "What color was fluffy?"


-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Haas
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 10:07 AM
Subject: NANFA-- Man Fishes for Musky with Foot

Here are two web articles covering the musky story - one from the DNR,
another from Wisconsin Sea Grant.

Wisconsin Outdoor Report as of June 30, 1998

Governor Dodge State Park  Day and camper use at Governor Dodge State Park
has been busy. Fishing at the lakes in Governor Dodge State Park has been
slow. Except for an angler fishing at Twin Valley Lake last Saturday. He
was dangling is feet over the side of a boat when a 35-inch musky grabbed
his foot. The angler jerked his foot - fish 'in tow' - into the boat, and
then transported himself - along with the hungry fish - to a nearby
hospital because he wanted to learn if the fish ailed from any disease. The
hungry musky later died. The angler received 60 stitches. No enforcement
action was taken against the angler for removing the undersized musky.


According to an article appearing in the Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)
on July 1, 1998, muskies may be developing a taste for unusual bait.

Dan Droessler, a Platteville, Wisconsin, police officer was vacationing at
Governor Dodge State Park near Dodgeville, Wisconsin. He had been dangling
his foot in the water over the side of a canoe at Twin Valley Lake when a
36-inch tiger muskie clamped onto his foot. The surprised Droessler, who
wasnt even fishing (and usually does not fish), pulled his foot out of the
water, and the muskie dropped into the canoe.

Droessler required 60 stitches in a local hospital emergency room.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources then confiscated the fish.
Warden Randy Rossing said, "We had to take it. Its not a legal size for
one thing, and its not a legal way to catch a fishwith your foot."

Droessler did eventually get to keep the fish.

(Wisconsin State Journal, "Tiger muskie opens mouth, inserts foot; OUCH!
says bait," by Patricia Simms, July 1, 1998.)

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