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Steve Heiting, Top Guides To Present At Nicolet College Musky Seminar April 3-4
Musky anglers looking to stack the odds in their favor are invited to join some of the top musky guides in the country for the 2020 Musky Seminar Friday night and all day Saturday, April 3 and 4, at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.
Participants will have the opportunity to take part in eight different sessions that will take an in-depth look at different aspects of musky fishing with every session focused on how to put more fish in the boat.
“Muskies can be a challenge to catch but that’s what makes the sport so exciting, especially when you latch on to a big one and the battle is on,” said Steve Heiting, seminar presenter and managing editor of Musky Hunter magazine for the past 25 years. “The secret to catching muskies is really a matter of putting together a whole bunch of little things and doing them correctly. We’ll focus on those tips and techniques that we’ve found most effective over the years with the goal of making everyone who attends a better and more successful musky angler.”
Heiting noted many of the sessions are new this year along with a couple of long-time favorites that are at the core of musky fishing. “We’ve geared it so that those new to the sport can get off to a solid start and that those with experience can take really take their musky fishing to the next level,” he explained.
Joining Heiting to give presentations will be Rob Manthei, expert guide and guest angler on many TV fishing shows; Scott Biscobing, long-time guide and member of the Pro Staff Team for St. Croix Rods; and master angler and musky lure builder Jeremy Baalke.
The seminar will be held in the Northwoods Center 207-209 on the Nicolet College Campus located one mile south of Rhinelander just off of Hwy. G.
Participants are invited to attend both days or just the Friday evening or Saturday sessions.
The schedule and session topics are as follows:
Friday, April 3 – Guide to Musky Hunting and Bucktail Making
5 pm – Catered dinner
5:30 pm – Becoming A Musky Angler with Steve Heiting
6:30 pm – Build Your Own Bucktail Workshop with Jeremy Baalke
7:30 pm – How to Land and Release Muskies with Steve Heiting
Saturday, April 4 – Musky Hunting Tactics From the Masters
9 am – Highly-Effective Livebait Tactics For Muskies with Rob Manthei
10 am – In-Depth Techniques for Bucktails & Jerkbaits with Steve Heiting
11 am – Where The Muskies Are: Shallow, Deep or Somewhere In Between with Steve Heiting
12 noon – Lunch
12:30 pm – Attacking Local Waters with Scott Biscobing
1:30 pm – Game Plan For Pressured Muskies with Steve Heiting
2:30 pm – Door prizes – including two St. Croix musky rods, a musky net, and more.
3 pm – Q&A and informal wrap-up
Cost is $50 for the Friday only Musky Seminar and Bucktail Building; $65 for the Saturday only Musky Tactics from the Masters; or $95 for both Friday and Saturday. Dinner Friday and lunch Saturday is included.
To register, click here or call (715) 365-4544.
3,000th Musky At University Of Esox Schools To Be Caught In 2020
The University of Esox is about to embark on its 25th year in 2020 and a huge milestone will be reached sometime during the season — the 3,000th musky caught in a school will be tallied.
“I find it incredible that we’ve been doing these schools for 25 years, but we have always offered the best instruction, best guides and best locations for our events. It’s a natural that people would want to attend,” said Jim Saric, host of “The Musky Hunter” TV show and co-owner of the schools.
“When Jim and I started the University of Esox in 1996, our only hope was that we’d be able to pull it off,” said Steve Heiting, co-owner of the schools and managing editor of Musky Hunter magazine. “Yet here we are on the verge of having the 3,000th musky caught at one of our events.
“We owe it to our students and instructors. No matter the weather or the bite, good or bad, they’ve fished hard and made it happen,” Heiting continued. “Three thousand is a lot of muskies.”
The University of Esox plans two schools in 2020 — the Summer Musky Tactics school at St. Germain Lodge in northern Wisconsin June 12-14, and the Canada Musky Adventure at Sandy’s Blackhawk Island Camp on Lake of the Woods July 18-25.
Summer Musky Tactics serves as a primer for the new season for beginning and experienced musky anglers alike. Its focus is on catching summer muskies wherever they’re found. The weekend event features eight hours of multi-media and dockside seminars wrapped around two days of fishing. Fully guided and bring-your-own boat packages are available.
“St. Germain Lodge and the adjoining Fibber’s Restaurant are among the premier locations in northern Wisconsin,” Saric said. “The food is great and the accommodations excellent. We’re always hearing from former students who stay and/or eat there even years after they attended the school.”
The Canada Musky Adventure features a unique program in which students and staff share their experiences twice each day. “We get everyone working together so that as patterns emerge or evolve, everyone stays dialed into what’s going on,” Heiting said. “If this is your first time fishing in Canada, we make sure you aren’t on your own. You’ll know what to do each day. Students like this format so much they keep coming back, some every year.”
Fifteen hours of multi-media and dockside seminars are worked into a week’s worth of fishing at the Canada Musky Adventure. Part of the instruction includes at least one day fishing with an instructor. Students stay in beautiful, almost-new log cabins overlooking the water. The resort’s dock system is protected and secure.
“On top of that, the camp is owned by legendary guide Bill Sandy, who is available as a guide for students and offers insight all week,” Saric said. “Bill’s involvement is invaluable to our program.”
School packages include all meals, lodging, class materials, welcome bags and a chance at hundreds of dollars worth of door prizes.
For more information about the University of Esox, visit muskyhunter.com/university-of-esox or facebook.com/UniversityOfEsox, or call 715-358-0754. Deposits are required to hold your spot. To enroll call 715-358-0754.
Reflecting on nearly 3,000 muskies caught at University of Esox schools, Saric only wanted to discuss the students who have attended over the years. “Many students have become longtime friends of ours, and a bunch have become terrific musky fishermen in their own right. They’re constantly sending us pictures of the fish they’ve gone on to catch,” he said. “We have had almost 3,000 muskies in the schools, but I can’t imagine how many the students have caught afterward. The number has to be huge.”