Wednesday May 15, 2024

Episode 271 - Keith Cortopassi

In this episode of the Backlash Podcast, we invite Keith Cortopassi, a renowned guide from Muskie Psycho Guide Service in Indiana. Keith shares his compelling journey into musky fishing, revealing how he transformed from an enthusiast into a lauded guide. Listeners will benefit from his valuable insights into musky fishing in Indiana, particularly about spring muskies. We also discuss intricacies of fishing gear, introduce a new bait product - the Pit Bull from Musky Innovations and Team Rhino Outdoors, and highlight the importance of variety in musky podcasts.

Keith provides a detailed account of his transformation, right from his early formative years in Indiana to his first professional Musky fishing tournament. He also talks about his personal struggles and how he used fishing as a tool to overcome alcoholism. He highlights his experiences of teaching first-time anglers, emphasizing both skills development and love for the outdoors.

In the realm of professional Musky fishing, Keith shares his expert opinion on the best baits and fishing techniques prevalent in Indiana. He talks about popular lures that promise to redefine the industry standard, includes anecdotes about the Scuba-Diver bait, and expresses his enthusiasm for the latest fishing gear offerings.

Keith stresses the importance of proper tactics, the willingness to spend long hours on the water, and keeping fishing gear simple yet effective. He highlights how boat size doesn’t necessarily equate to fishing success, but boat control, an open mind, and persistence do. He also predicts trends for the upcoming year, combining traditional fishing methods with innovative approaches.

This episode is an encyclopedia of muskie fishing, with Keith finally sharing his expert opinions on tackle preferences, top water techniques, benefits of diverse equipment, and the crucial influence of moon phases on fishing. Tune in for some practical tips, fascinating anecdotes, and an unparalleled peek into the world of professional Musky fishing.

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