I know some of you folks up there fish for muskie. In the last couple of months, I've lost two. The first one was snagged with a striper jig in the gill plate, about 42" long. I was in an awkward position to land it standing on slick rocks from drawdown and swift current and deep water. The hook pulled out when I tried to grab it by the gills. Yesterday I hooked one on a leadhead and 3" grub while sauger fishing. It hit about 12' from the bank and felt like I'd snagged a submerged small log. I reeled it in slowly, it was dead weight and didn't fight at all. So I got it within 3' of the bank. It wouldn't fight, so I thought it was a sick fish. I gave it a few minutes to decide what it wanted to do. Even poked it gently with a rod holder, it just laid there and stared at me. I reached and touched it, still no movement. So I went in without getting water in my boots and started to grab it gently by the gills, and the dern thing splashed and took off like a rocket. Broke my 10 lb. test BPS mono. Do they commonly play possum on you like this? It was a small fish, about 32". Usually how much would this weigh? A sauger fisherman out in a jon boat said he boated one over 40" there last week. This seems to be pretty good muskie water, BTW.