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Everyone has heard about this guy or that guy who landed the monster muskie on their kid's Snoopy fishing poleā€¦ guess what, that's not a common occurrence. In fact, it makes no sense to not be as fully prepared for catching muskie as you can be. While most seasoned muskie fishermen know what it takes and have years of equipment knowledge, favorite brands and more. Many of the freshmen muskie fishermen might like some help figuring out where to start to get the right setup. We've put together a list of what to look for when it comes to Muskie rods, reels, line and more. We'll help you get started. From there you can figure out what works for you and start the process of fine-tuning your muskie equipment collection like the pro's.

Muskie Rods:

We're not using panfish poles with these monster muskies. When you're out for the big musky, you want a rod that can handle the fish, and handle the lures we're throwing out. You'll see the strength of the rod in terms like medium, medium-heavy, and heavy. The best all-purpose rod to start with for the beginner is probably the medium heavy as this can handle most anything you put on it, but it won't take too much getting used to as the heavy rod might. It will also give you a little more notice when a fish strikes. Depending on your budget, you're going to want to get the lightest rod you can. In general, as technology and materials improve, muskie rods get lighter. This is a fantastic trend, but it costs money to get the lightest rods.

Muskie Reels:

If you're a beginner muskie fisherman, the bait casting reel is going to be the best way to go. Many muskie fishermen will go with spinning reels but it takes some practice and finesse to make those work consistently for muskie fishing. A bait casting reel allows you to throw the large stuff. The good ones can take quite a beating and stay smooth. The biggest advantage of the bait casting reel to the new muskie fisherman is the ability to throw large lures like spoons. With a spinning reel, these have a tendency to get the line all caught up. A bait casting reel makes this a bit easier, additionally, you can usually clean up any mess pretty easy because a lot of the tangles are right in front of your thumb.


While the pro's all have their preferences, the easiest way to go as a beginner is with 60-80lb braided line. It is extremely durable and can handle almost any size muskie you might come across.


Once again the pro's and muskie fishermen who have been doing this for a long time have their favorites. If you're a beginner, get something strong like a 100lb titanium flexible leader. Stay away from steel as this has a tendency to get kinked and bent up. It's also handy to get a leader with a quality swivel and a strong snap - makes changing out lures easy.