How To Fish: On the surface, muskie fishing is simply cast, retrieve, repeat. Dig a little deeper and things get more involved. Perhaps what's most important is paying attention to every single retrieve. Though muskies will slam a lure, more often than not they follow first, and if you're not watching your lure, you won't see the fish. Regardless of the visual, before pulling the lure out of the water, you should figure-8 or L-turn the lure near the boat when it's about a foot or so from the rod tip. Scepaniak likes an L-turn on every retrieve, whereas Stevenson is more inclined to only turn or figure-8 when he sees a muskie following.