It was Saturday morning, Mar. 19, and Luke King, 27, was up early to cast for muskies on his beloved Little Kanawha River in Braxton County West Virginia.
“I headed to a shoreline place about two miles from where I live and thought I’d make a few casts to see if there were any muskies cruising that morning,” he told Outdoor Life. “I got to a spot where a long, deep eddy of water came off a fast-water stretch and started casting a Hell Hound, hard-plastic glide bait.”
King made long casts across the 100-foot wide Little Kanawha River, which flows into the Ohio River many miles to the north. The shoreline pool he was casting has good bank access, and King has fished the spot often. He grew up chasing muskies on the river, catching his first one there at age 9. King fished the pool upstream for 100 yards, then turned around and fished downstream over the same stretch of water. Nothing.
“I’d caught many muskies there over the years,” says King. “I…