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Steve Heiting’s Musky Mastery Back In Print

ST. GERMAIN, Wisconsin — The book that taught musky fishermen there is more to success than simply putting in “time on the water” is again available in print.

Musky Mastery: The Techniques of Top Guides, is now available in a 25th anniversary edition.
Musky Mastery: The Techniques of Top Guides, is now available in a 25th anniversary edition.

During the 1991 fishing season, Steve Heiting set out to explain how to catch the so-called “fish of 10,000 casts” by every technique, from fly-fishing in the spring through livebait in the fall. Rather than rely on his own experiences, Heiting interviewed and fished with the best musky guides of the time, and revealed their secrets in his 1992 book, Musky Mastery: The Techniques Of Top Guides. Now, a quarter century later, Musky Mastery has been re-released in a 25th anniversary edition.

“The original publisher of Musky Mastery sold out four printings of the book, but it’s been off the market for nearly 15 years,” Heiting said. “During that time, thousands of new musky anglers have entered the sport, and I have received many requests for copies. In 2014, I brought Musky Mastery back as an e-book, and the sales have been so good in that format I was convinced to bring it back in print.”

The names of the guides included in Musky Mastery read like a who’s who of musky fishing: Joe Bucher, Steve Herbeck, George Langley, Roger Sabota, Bruce Shumway, Brian Long, Dave Dorazio, Pete Maina, Gene Curtis, Dick Moore and the late Peter Haupt. The information they revealed was so cutting-edge it remains valid even today.

Through the book’s descriptive narrative, readers can “join” the author as he fishes with each of the guides, utilizing the techniques which made them famous and documenting the results of each unique adventure.

In the preface to the new edition, Heiting takes a retrospective look at the changes in musky fishing during the past 25 years and asks where the sport will be 25 years from now. The new edition also includes “where are they now” information about each of the featured guides.

The 160-page softcover book is packed with 68 photos of the guides in action. Musky Mastery is available for $19.95 plus $3.99 shipping & handling. To buy an autographed copy of Musky Mastery from this site, click here. It is also available muskyhunter.com, select northwoods bookstores, and from Amazon.com.

University Of Esox Adds Fall School To 2017 Lineup

The University of Esox will add a new school to its schedule in 2017 — the Fall Trophy Hunt — to be held the weekend of October 20-22.

The new school will be held at Fibber’s Restaurant and St. Germain Lodge, located on the shore of Big St. Germain Lake in Vilas County, Wisconsin. The resort is owned by famed Vilas guide Rob Manthei and his wife Kaye, and offers comfortable cabins and great food.

uofexoxlogo_4_2blue-text-small“We’ve had many requests for a fall school,” said Musky Hunter Editor and TV show host Jim Saric. “There are lots of new anglers in the sport, and this school offers a chance to learn cutting-edge fall tactics.”

The school will wrap eight hours of seminars around two full days of fishing. Seminars will focus on livebait techniques, trolling, fall musky location and more. “Anglers can take what they learn in a seminar and immediately apply it on the water. It’s the ultimate learning experience,” Saric said.

Big St. Germain Lake is well known for musky fishing, and more than 350 musky lakes are located within an hour’s drive. “It’s an ideal location,” said Musky Hunter Managing Editor Steve Heiting. “We have musky lakes that range from large to small, and clear water to dark. Regardless of the conditions, we’ll be ready.”

Besides seminars, the school package includes three nights lodging, all meals, and a chance at many door prizes. Guided packages are also available.

Other Schools

Back for 2017 are the popular Summer Musky Tactics and Canada Musky Adventure schools.

Summer Musky Tactics will be held June 9-11, also at Fibber’s Restaurant and St. Germain Lodge. The school package includes eight hours of seminars which focus on summer musky fishing. Two nights lodging, all meals, and a chance at many door prizes are included in the package, and fishing times are spread throughout all three days of the school. Guided packages are also available.

The Canada Musky Adventure school will be held July 15-23 at Sandy’s Blackhawk Island Camp on Lake of the Woods’ famous Northwest Angle. “This school always sells out quickly because we hold it during a peak time on at an awesome location,” said Heiting. “Many of our students catch their personal best musky during this fun week.”

Twelve hours of seminars, twice-daily information sharing sessions, a day fishing with an instructor, all meals, lodging and docking for the week, and a chance at many door prizes are included in the Canada school package.

For more information about any of the University of Esox Musky Schools or to sign up, call 1-800-23-MUSKY (236-8759), or visit click here.

Steve’s Tackle & Equipment Recommendations Page Updated

The 2016 musky fishing season is winding down, but if you’re already looking ahead to 2017, Steve Heiting offers his insights into the equipment and tackle he uses every day on the water. If you’re looking to buy a new boat, electronics, a rod, or stock your tackle box, Steve explains what he uses and why. To learn more, click here.

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