Scott Kleinschmidt in his shop
Scott Kleinschmidt holds a musky lure made from hand turned wood with hidden weight balances. It is designed to travel through the water and lure the fish in for a bite.
Musky lures with special S attachment
Colorful and shiny, these bucktail lures have spinners attached with Kleinschmidt’s special s-mount hardware. (Terri Washburn/The Kenyon Leader)
Wooden musky lures handmade by Scott Kleinschmidt of Musky Safari Tackle Co. hang in his shop. The lures will be sold throughout North America and Europe.
Now that is a tackle box
Just as one might expect, Kleinschmidt’s own tackle box is rather large, with 144 compartments and room for more around the outside edge.
Painted lures drying
Wooden lures rest on the drying rack following painting and stencil work.
Pictures and memories
The walls of Scott Kleinschmidt’s basement are filled with photographs of trophy muskellunge that he has caught over the years. He only enlarges pictures of fish 48 inches or larger. Many of these fish could still be swimming today, as he practices catch and release.
These feathered lures from Musky Safari Tackle Co. have hand placed and tied feathers to entice the big musky to hit.
Kleinschmidt balances a lure
Scott Kleinschmidt of Kenyon holds a large musky lure, one of about 4,000 that he will have made this year. He does each step of the process by hand, and some lures take 3-4 hours to complete. (Terri Washburn/The Kenyon Leader)
A powerful fish predator
A wall mount of a muskellunge shows the many rows and varying sizes of teeth the big fish possesses. A trophy musky is at least 48 inches in length. (Terri Washburn/The Kenyon Leader)
A trophy Musky
The musky is an aggressive feeder that stalks the bait and then hits it hard. It is common, says Scott Kleinschmidt of Musky Safari Tackle Co., for the big fish to jump out of the water once hooked.
Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 2:45 am
Posted on Sep 21, 2012
It seems like football is on everyone's mind lately, but when Scott Kleinschmidt of Kenyon talks about hard hits and making a good tackle, he not in front of the TV. He is not even sitting in the bleachers.
A Friday evening or Sunday afternoon are likely to find Kleinschmidt just where he wants to be: on a boat fishing for the elusive trophy musky.
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