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Column: Double-ten lures most effective in the 'dog days' of August

4:32 PM, Aug. 27, 2013  |  Comments
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Perhaps one of the most versatile lures in the musky hunter's arsenal, buck tails of varying styles and sizes are an integral weapon for the bulk of the season here in the upper Midwest.

While weather and water conditions dictate which model to throw, here is a simple guide to one of the best choices for the "dog days" of August, the double-ten.

Double-tens have garnered immense popularity over the past several years, and for good reason; they catch big muskies, and lots of 'em! With water temperatures at their peak in August and muskies metabolisms subsequently ramped up, the large profile and distinct thump of the double-ten makes it a veritable musky magnet.

Double-ten buck tails, such as my personal favorite, the Mepps H210, sport twin #10 magnum blades that produce maximum flash and vibration.

While double-bladed buck tails such as the Mepps H210 are indeed effective summertime musky presentations, to consistently and effectively fish for the oft-needed long periods of time requires the correct equipment.

For starters, long stout rods are a must; models such as Wisconsin's own St. Croix Rods' 8 foot 6 inch "Sling Blade" and 9 foot "Big Nasty" possess not only the length and leverage to cast and maneuver these oversized offerings for hours on end, but the backbone to absorb the added resistance and vibration from the beginning of the cast all the way through the figure eight at boat side.

Reels for fishing with double-ten style buck tails typically excel best when they feature lower, more powerful gear ratios. Gear ratios of 4.6:1, such as on the Abu Garcia Revo Toro Winch, help alleviate the strain of retrieving hard pulling lures like double-tens on equipment and angler alike.

Spooled with a quality braided fishing line such as Sufix Performance Braid or 832, this powerful tool will make you appreciate its slower but powerful retrieve.

When selecting a super braid, be sure and choose one with an equivalent diameter of at least 20 pound test, preferably more, as the larger surface area will hold up much better to the constant heat and friction of retrieving a large hard-pulling offering than a line with a smaller diameter.

Double-ten buck tails are effective when worked over and around cover during the day, but especially at night. Weed beds, stump fields, underwater points and rock bars all are excellent areas to begin casting double-tens for August muskies. The added thump, flash and vibration allows the mighty musky to key in on the bait, even during the darkest of nights. Double your musky strikes with a double ten. I'll see you on the water ?

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