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Stephen Crook vice president Fox River Valley chapter Muskies Inc. caught one gremuskies year while fishing Sept. 1 Georgian Bay

Stephen Crook, vice president of the Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., caught one of the great muskies of the year while fishing Sept. 1 on Georgian Bay with Johnny Dadson, who speaks at 7 p.m. Friday on ‘‘Blue Moon Muskies’’ at the Chicago Muskie

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Updated: February 7, 2013 6:38AM



Giving ‘‘going blue’’ a whole new meaning, Stephen Crook put together one of the most astonishing stretches of fishing for muskies in late summer on Georgian Bay in Canada.

Around the blue moon.

While fishing with Johnny Dadson, Crook, the vice president of operations for the Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., boated and released muskies of 45, 48, 48, 50, 53 and 56 inches.

‘‘Those type of numbers not only represent an incredible year for an angler but could be considered an impressive CAREER for a trophy musky fisherman,’’ Dadson emailed.

That’s the lead-in for the Chicago Muskie Show, which opens at noon Friday and runs through Sunday at Harper College in Palatine. Dadson will speak on ‘‘Blue Moon Muskies’’ at 7 p.m. Friday.

A blue moon is the rare two full moons in a month.

‘‘The moon is a very powerful influence when it comes to fishing muskies, and some anglers are near religious about following its cycles,’’ Dadson wrote. ‘‘Aug. 31 of 2012 was a day marked on many calenders, I am certain, and it was with high anticipation that we planned our trip to the majestic waters of Georgian Bay.’’

Crook, of Hoffman Estates, is a friend of Dadson and was his first client on a charter in 2007. Also with them was Dadson’s friend Bob Bailey, president of the Michigan Musky Hunters.

Their first morning, far out on Georgian Bay, Crook boated and released a 50-inch muskie, which hit a Boo Dadley Tail, three minutes in, breaking the boat’s record for fastest 50-inch muskie by a minute.

‘‘We release all these trophy fish back into Georgian Bay to grow up and ensure future successful spawns with their elite genetics,’’ Dadson wrote.

That probably goes without saying, but there it is. Georgian Bay is considered one of the most likely waters to produce a legitimate world-record muskie.

So Crook’s beginning day was not unbelievable. However, it was just a hint of what was to come.

‘‘What we didn’t know is that this unprecedented start was just the beginning of what would turn out to be one of the most impressive displays of angling we had ever seen,’’ Dadson wrote.

That’s putting it mildly.

On Sept. 1, the day after the full moon, Crook landed and released his personal best, a 56-inch muskie with a girth of 25 inches, estimated at 45 pounds.

‘‘I really never thought I would top my 53.5 x 26.5 caught Nov.  19, 2003, which is still shown in Richard Collin’s Musky Hunter ad,’’ Crook messaged.

He remembered thinking, ‘‘Oh, my lord, look at the size of that musky, just unreal.’’

They celebrated the second 56-inch muskie landed in the Black Rose, Dadson’s Lowe boat, with Crown Royal and steak dinners.

‘‘But, of course, Steve wasn’t done there!’’ Dadson wrote. ‘‘The following day, he boated another giant musky, this time a 53-incher with a massive build, again on a Boo Dadley Tail.’’

The Boo Dadley is Dadson’s blade bait.

That 53 x 24, ‘‘same build, just shorter,’’ was approximately 41 pounds.

‘‘Certainly a week we’ll never forget, and we’re very much looking forward to the next Blue Moon . . . July 31, 2015,’’ Dadson wrote.

Blues you can use.



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