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Two Men and a Musky

Two Men and a Musky

Detroit circa 1902. "A muskelunge (fish)." Who wants pike? 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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"Fish of one thousand casts"

They call the muskie "The Fish of One Thousand Casts", but not in Lake St Clair/Detroit River watershed. As polluted as many parts of Detroit are, the muskie and walleye fishing in those two waterways are the best in the world. Also of note is the discovery that Zug Island (look it up - I can't put into words how filthy this piece of land in the Det. River is)apparently is one of the best spawning habitats for the endangered Lake Sturgeon.


I didn't know that back then you could catch fish in an empty lot, amazing. Times have changed.

Board Fence Construction

I find the construction of the board fence interesting. The support posts only go 1/2 way up. I've never seen this in a modern board fence. Interesting and possibly cheaper to build this way?

What The

Well dressed angler should always wear. Look sharp and you'll feel sharp.

All dressed up

What amazes me in many of pictures from this era, people are dressed up: ties, coats, even hats. All to show off a big and potentially stinky fish!

Two men

They're twins, or at least brothers, right?

That looks pretty average

I'd judge him at 3 to 3½ feet long, which is typical for an adult muskie, and probably 25 to 30 pounds.

The opposite of blowfish

Based on the deflated condition of their piscatorial prize, those two anemic anglers must have caught the fish in Cleveland and walked home to Detroit.

Nice Fish!

Though as a resident of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, I believe it's spelled Muskie around here.

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