muskie fishing

Musky Lures | The Last Responder by Greg Nimmer – Cory Allen

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So Greg Nimmer might be one of the more creative lure makers out there. He might be known more colloquially for his topwater baits, which are great additions in their own right, his subsurface designs really caught my gaze.

I really enjoyed the First Responder, but had a couple ideas for subtle tweaks I had in mind.

So I had him whip me up a custom First Responder with no weight on the back end and no keel weight in the front, but with a weight screw for adjusting the depth I want to work it from the front, but still giving it a basically level fall.

The idea behind it is surprisingly simplistic but somehow entirely overlooked until him.

He’s right too…that mag willow is perfect for running the gamut of all speeds, but thoroughly looking forward to this design which will work just subsurface on the pull to as deep as I want.

Then, there’s also the “Live Tail” which is another design I can’t believe hadnt been done sooner.

Pay attention to this guy. He makes some really really cool shit.

-Cory Allen, Tennessee Valley Muskie Authority

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Flaptails | Musky Lures – Cory Allen

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“Honest doc, I fell on it, I swear…”

Actually, these are TR Custom flaptails, one in my favorite flavor “Sucker Punch”, scaled down to 4.5″ with the shell casing in the back to add an additional “tap” to the traditional flaptail design. Also to note, the swing arm hook system in the back allows them to kinda naturally balance out the bait at various retrieves instead of just the fixed arms which sometimes can get out of whack and cause the bait to veer at times.

Interesting little design in a diminutive package, and that extended arm attachment off the front seems to help provide some leverage in pulling the bait underneath at higher speeds without it wanting to roll out.

This will get et.

-Cory Allen

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Copper Monk Blades | Musky Lures – Cory Allen

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Gotta admit, I didn’t even know what copper monk blades were until I was introduced to this bait by Rich Reinert and Craig Sandell of, but let me just say…

Not sure I lived without this now somewhat forgotten but ridiculously unique throwback prop style for topwater.

Works slower, fishes faster, offers a more subtle and more aggressive sound than it’s more popularized contemporary ilk.

Frankly, I’d never seen it on another bait. But not sure I’ll ever go back now.

Check out the Cory Allen custom color “Sucker Punch” edition ones awaiting their props for the flight to my doorstep this week.

But the OG colors I’ve had for 3 weeks have already caught fish and lost even more, even thrown against other topwaters. A compact nigh invulnerable bait that offers subtlety but can be thrown on the graphite Claymores we use in musky fishing with ease.

Trust me. Check them out.

No gimmix hurr.

-Cory Allen

aka Tennessee Valley Muskie Authority

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Topwater Muskie Fishing – How Slow to Go

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So to protect the innocent from obvious shots…

I won’t be naming the guy who made these just yet, as they are also no officially “for sale”, but I had to share a pic of this pretty unique little bait. It may look like a road, but the Nannerjack (look it up, the reference thoroughly impressed me) is a bit of a different animal, with a very supple bit very very tough rubber mix (just try inserting those pins…) and a more lateral presentation than analogous baits. Also, I appreciate the webbed feet to justify the whole “frog” theme and provide a different kind of stimulus.

If he decides to do anything else with them, and agrees I’ll convey it in due time…

…but in the meantime, I’ll enjoy putting some places on these, as well as helping tweak designs between internal and external harness.

-Cory Allen

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Musky Lures Vol. 2 | Cory Allen | A Fistful of Knowledge

Don’t fall victim to the “how do you retrieve that lure” short sidedness game. It is not about how do you do it as much as it is how do you not. Knowing what a lure doesn’t do well says a lot more than just cranking it in. POS may not even run true or have bad harmonics. If you have not watch the full version of this muskie fishing video–000109 take your time and absorb the flow. This is my ode to Clint Eastwood. Never shrink from the truth. Learning is as more about failing than succeeding. These are my opinions that I hope stirs something in you to go out and experiment. It may it end up catching your the biggest musky of your life.

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Catch Big Musky | Cory Allen | Tennessee Valley Muskie Authority

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Aight guys.

Here’s a sampling of some fish all in excess of 50” except for one 48”, up to 53” taken the past 2 years between March and the end of May.

We get some killer topwater action in early May and consistent stuff through the spawn all the way into post spawn, with mid to late April through northern season opener being some prime time musky fishing. These are just some pics I had on hand in the favorites folder.

If you wanna step up in the batter’s box of my Esox Magnum and take a swing for the 50” fence down south, send me a DM here or gimme a call at 931-261-2483. I’m already booked a healthy chunk of April and about half of May as is, half of which are repeat offenders, because that time frame friggin’ rules.

I mean, if you’re gonna fish down in this neck of the woods, might as well fish with the guy that basically everyone else around here has followed around the past 5-6 years.

Sorry, not sorry.

Also, check out my video collection on my other site

I’ll be doing regular write ups and stuff here, if you dig that sort of thing.

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Fishing Feeder Streams for Muskie

Flats and Feeder Streams

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I will begin sharing some of the muskie fishing instruction videos I have produced with In The Spread. This particular fishing video is about fishing feeder creeks and flats adjacent to larger bodies of water. These areas hold giants.

These types of structure situations aren’t standard protocol for many musky anglers, as they are often endemic to southern reservoirs specifically, but harbor numbers of fish and many of the largest muskie in the system throughout the season. The fact that most of these correlate very far and very loosely from shoreline layout often leaves them unnoticed and untapped. I will show you how to identify subtle context cues along the shoreline and your graph that will give you insight into finding these treasure troves lying hidden in plain sight. Often times, they are so small, albeit prominent in contour, that many of the best topography charts and graphs don’t register them, yet they consistently have produced some of the largest fish in my boat over the years.

Enjoy and do not hesitate to contact me about whatever you want to know about fishing.

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