The Ultimate Muskie Fishing Quiz

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The Ultimate Muskie Fishing Quiz
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About This Quiz

You're a seasoned angler and feel that you've outgrown bass, trout and the like. You're just itching to lay your hands on the elusive muskie. Is it as difficult as they say? Take this quiz to learn more about catching muskie.
Which is usually bigger, panfish or muskie?
muskie
Muskie are usually too big to fit in a pan.
panfish
both are about the same size

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What is the full name of the muskie?
muskfish
muskiefish
muskellunge
The full name of the muskie, or musky, is muskellunge.

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According to folklore, how do you catch muskie?
Use brightly-colored lures on a short line while trolling quickly across the lake.
Use huge lures on a heavy line while trolling quickly across the lake.
According to fishermen folklore, you catch muskie by using huge lures on a heavy line while trolling quickly across a lake.
Use huge lures on a light line while trolling slowly across the lake.

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If you want to fish for muskie, what place is even better than the Great Lakes region?
Gulf of Mexico
Alaska
Canada
Canada is even better than the Great Lakes region.

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As an expert in catching muskie, what season is ideal for you?
the winter
any season
If you're a real expert, you can catch a muskie with a lure during any season.
the summer

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During the spring time, you are more likely to catch _____ muskie.
large
Chances are, you're more likely to catch larger muskie in the spring.
small
migrating

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What size bait can you catch large muskie with?
medium, minnow-sized bait
medium, carp-sized bait
small, walleye-sized bait
Surprisingly, you can catch large muskie using small, walleye-sized bait.

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Assuming you're not a muskie-angling expert, when is the best season to catch muskie?
between mid-summer and late fall
Your best bet is between mid-summer and late fall.
between early spring and late summer
between early fall and late winter

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You catch a 48-inch (1.2-meter) muskie and your friends tell you it's not that big. Are they right?
there's no way of knowing
yes
Well, you might be excited about your catch, but the truth is that's considered just medium size for a muskie. So, better luck next time!
no

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Muskie can be so difficult to catch that they are regarded as the fish of _____ casts.
100
1000
10000
They are nicknamed "the fish of 10,000 casts."

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Are all anglers in agreement as to the best conditions for catching muskie?
No, not at all.
No, opinions differ widely. Some say the weather conditions must be stable, others say it must be cloudy, dusk time or dawn. There is no common consensus.
Yes, for sure.
In general, yes.

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Most anglers have found that _____ is conducive for catching muskie.
random casting
quick trolling
low light
Most anglers have found that low light -- for instance, dusk time or overcast weather -- is conducive for catching muskie.

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Who claimed to have caught an almost 70-pound (31-kilo) muskie in 1949?
Herbert Hoover
Louie Spray
Though both former U.S. president Herbert Hoover and basketball player Ted Williams enjoyed fishing, it was Louie Spray who claimed to have caught this whopper.
Ted Williams

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Based on what information did the World Record Muskie Alliance discount Spray's claim?
the length versus weight ratio
According to the World Record Muskie Alliance, the length versus weight ratio based on the dimensions given would have been impossible.
the unlikely length measurement
an eyewitness account which denied it ever happened

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Some evidence suggests that a taxidermist _____ Spray's fish.
replaced
stuffed
stretched
According to credible evidence, it seems that a taxidermist stretched Spray's fish by about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

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Whereas muskie anglers used to go for rods like pool cues, what do they prefer nowadays?
shorter, lighter rods
shorter, heavier rods
longer, lighter rods
Pool cues were characterized for being short and heavy. Today, anglers go for longer, lighter rods.

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What is the advantage of a longer rod?
You can get the line out further and cover more ground with greater agility.
A longer rod allows you to get the line out further and cover more ground with greater agility.
The muskie don't sense your presence at the end of it.
You can catch more fish in less time.

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Why don't anglers like to use Dacron line for muskie fishing any more?
They do like Dacron; this question is based on a false premise.
The new braided super lines are thicker and more stretchable
The new braided super lines are thinner and don't stretch.
Today's braided super lines are thinner than Dacron and don't stretch, which would be a disadvantage.

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The thicker the line:
the lesser the water resistance
the greater the water resistance
The thicker the line, the greater the water resistance and the harder it is on your arms.
the easier it is on your arms

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What is considered optimum trolling speed by the experts?
2 to 5 miles (3.2 to 8 kilometers) per hour
4 to 6 miles (6.4 to 9.6 kilometers) per hour
Optimum trolling speed is about 4 to 6 miles (6.4 to 9.6 kilometers) per hour.
8 to 12 miles (12.8 to 19.3 kilometers) per hour

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You Got:
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