My name is Adam M. Glickman. I am 33 years old. I was born and raised in Ashland WI on the shores of Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay. My father first started taking me fishing when I was two years old. My love of the sport flourished instantly, and as long as I can remember fishing has been my minds constant occupant. Most of my childhood was spent fishing for walleye, trout, salmon, northern pike, bass, perch, and other panfish in the Chequamegon Bay, its tributaries, and the inland waters of northern WI.
In those days musky fishing was not the mainstream sport that it is today. I remember the limited selection of musky lures at local bait shops. Even at a young age, the scale of their size against the other lures in the shop made my imagination go wild. Early images of muskies on hats, T-shirts, regulation booklets, and magazines still haunt my mind. Long before I first threw or even owned any musky gear I knew muskies were the fish to catch, and one day I was going to catch them.
I bought my first musky rod and reel at age 12. That was in ’92 just before the days of vast lure selection and super braids. I learned to cast my first musky tackle with braided dacron and heavy mono. At that age and with my limited knowledge of the best lines and lure weights to use, learning heavy casting gear was a rough process. I can only imagine what my father thought as he watched my struggle with that tackle.
My dad had no desire to catch muskies, but he took me to musky waters so I could learn. He encouraged me through days of frustration that turned into months and even years. I never gave up on the muskies though and my father never gave up on me, and after a while I started showing him a few muskies. Years later, my love for the sport is as strong as ever.
During my 19 years as a musky fisherman, I have seen many changes in the sport, graduated from college, done some musky related journalism, and lived in most settings from wilderness to the inner city. The sport of musky fishing has great impact on the lives of those it touches. For many, it turns into obsession. It can create friendships, as well as tear them apart. Musky fishing has reached a veritable age of reason, something like a renaissance; but competition, jealousy, and those who would make money off the sport in a ruthless and unscrupulous manner have created many misconceptions surrounding the sport and much ill will within the musky fishing community.
I am tired of such things. I have seen its negative impact on strangers, and I have experienced it first hand in my relationships with those whom I have fished with for years. I doubt that I can end this sort of thing, but maybe if we work together we can get things going in the right direction. My pledge is to offer video and articles that are entertaining, educational, and filled with honest information. I will also develop, produce, and market products that are useful and quality in construction. I will not hype them or present skewed statistics in such a manner as to make them seem like a magic product or a cure all for musky success. The truth is, no matter what some tackle manufacturers would have you believe, there are no such things.
Another thing that I am frustrated with (and I don’t think I’m alone here) are fishing shows and expensive DVD’s hosted by well funded fishing professionals that through the miracle of editing appear to be infallible. This sends a few misconceptions to viewers that don’t know better and discourage those who are looking to get into the sport.
The first misconception is that musky fishing is easy. Musky fishing isn’t easy, in fact no fishing is easy. The second misonception is that pros don’t make mistakes, miss fish, have equipment failure, second guess themselves, or go long periods of time without catching fish. All of these things happen to everybody from time to time. The third misconception is that to be a successful musky fisherman one has to have a state of art 20’ fiberglass boat with a 250 h.p. outboard, a 15 h.p. kicker, 2 huge trolling motors, and a handful of graphs and gps units with screens as wide as televisions. This is not true either. I have caught huge muskies fishing from a boat rigged with no more than oars and an anchor. I have also caught big muskies from shore.
My show will be called Adam’s Honest Musky. I have named it honest for two reasons. The first being that I will disclose all or almost all of the information involved in the footage. I will not just show you when I succeed. I will show you the good, the bad, and the ugly. My hope is that you will share my excitement, laugh at my troubles, groan, cringe, and learn.
So this is the journey I am embarking on and I hope you will come along. I promise good times as well as bad, but that is all. How you use what I provide is up to you.