Originally posted by: Greymist on 5/24/2005 12:53:00 PM
Commonly referred to as: the shakes or becoming weak-kneed...etc...
Though this particular strain, Esox-Poxius can be better defined as Pike Pox, which in and of itself is a variation of THE POX, can also be commonly mistaken as Esox-Oh my Godius-Poxius, which of course as we all know as Muskie Fever/Pox. <!--graemlin::D-->
So my back to my original question. What fish in particular, be it a Pike or a Musky, gave you this illness?? Of course giving a description of the event would be most entertaining. <!--graemlin::)--> It also helps to relive the encounter, as that can keep you at peak-pox condition <!--graemlin::D-->
My own encounter was just last year, when I was totally innocent of all things fishing <!--graemlin::rolleyes:-->
I was fishing from my newly aquired "Bass" boat, casting my favorite "goto" spinnerbait towards the shoreline (expecting a bass because that is what I was fishing for) <!--graemlin::rolleyes:-->, when without warning, the water exploded and my line took a sharp left-turn Clyde, and then I heard it...that soft yet unmistakable sweet singing of line peeling off my reel against the drag. Rapture! That was the beginning of the moment. Then came the "jump" <!--graemlin::eek:-->....ok heart...heart!?...you can start beating again any time now! My brain was confused....what my eyes were seeing, wasn't a Bass. It was something long and torpedo shaped, and it DID NOT like my spinnerbait as much as it first thought. Time finally began to get back to normal speed and about that time my brain kicked in and it registered, "Oh man, it's just a stupid northern!!" <!--graemlin::mad:--> "Big, but still just a stupid northern!!" <!--graemlin::(-->
Well it appears I didn't get as good a look at it as I had first thought. When it finally came up unto the surface and along side the boat, I saw verticle stripes!! <!--graemlin::confused:--> A Tiger Musky? I asked my friend? Heck I dunno! He replied. So we measured it (35") <!--graemlin::D-->, took a picture and let it go. That was when I realized that I had it. My hands were shaking and I had to sit down. I was twitching and babbling. Muskie Fever. <!--graemlin::eek:--> And I've been yearning for it since. That's the disease people, yearning for a sickness!!