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Rhinelander Musky League Hoping to Grow Membership

As the saying goes, the worst day on the water is better than the best day at work, and that's especially true when it comes to musky fishing.

"That's the appeal of it for me, the challenging aspect of it," said Chuck Abitz.

The challenge of chasing muskies often means there's more days leaving empty handed than there are hauling in the big one,

"They're like the lowest density fish in the water system. They get pretty old, a lot of big fish get pretty old, so they see a lot of lures come flying by their face. So, you gotta have the right conditions for them to bite your piece of metal."

But the thrill of the hunt has kept Abitz, President of the Rhinelander Musky League, chasing the big one for more 20 years.

"When I was 12 I got the musky itch because my neighbor had a tackle box that was full of these huge baits and I thought, 'Oh my God' if something's gonna eat that I have to catch it."

Now, Chuck wants others to get that same itch.

"If you want to learn this is a good spot to do it. Everybody that's in the league right now is really willing to tell you where to go, the general layout of the lakes, and really get you off on the right foot," Abitz explained.

Being open to new members means trying to recruit those new members, but getting the word out has not been easy.

"I think there's people in the area that wanna do it, and they just don't know it's, I'm trying to make it, get my name out there. I wanted to do flyers and stuff, but with COVID and everything that kind of hampered that."

So instead, Chuck turned to social media,

"It's definitely gotten awareness out there. It's a nice place that we've met other people at the landings and I can direct them to one spot," he said.

Although Chuck didn't haul in his fish today, he's hoping to haul in new members for the future.

Story By: Nate Meihak

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