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The author's brother, Ben Simonson, with a 51-inch muskellunge from Big Detroit Lake, Minn., The fish was caught on a #12-bladed, 12-inch flashabou spinner. Burning big baits is a popular technique as muskies turn on in late summer. Upsize your offerings and crank up the speed to trigger fish this time of year. Submitted photo

August time for bulkier bats, aggressive tactics

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Everything gets bigger in August - particularly the servings of food we encounter - 16-ounce T-bones are on sale and perfect for the grill. The block party barbeque is loaded with jumbo wild rice brats and gallons of coleslaw and potato salad. County fairs and country music festivals crank out bags of kettle corn, buckets of fresh-cut fries and Oof-da tacos by the thousands. Late summer is a prime season for waistline expansion among the people of the upper Midwest.

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