I'm no Muskie expert! Your asking the wrong guy about takle recomendations. The only one I landed this year was a whopping 8" long
I had another one on my ultralight rig (about 40") that I'm sure I would have landed if he didn't bite the line. That was an accident also he hit on a smallie that took my senko and the smallie lodged in his jaw preventing him from bitting down on the line. Fought him for a good 40 min. with aquaman waiting to grab him but he spit the smallie and bit down on my line. I use a medium 5'4" pole with 8 pound test and fish a wire leader ahead of my senko because I was getting Muskie hits on occasion that would just cut me off. I'm prepared for the Muskie now if they decide to hit my Smallie bait again. That should be a good battle.
You should do fine with what you got as long as the drag is set properly! Aquaman has caught a couple already and he uses a medium heavy with a baitcaster reel and 12 pound test unless he has another rig I don't know about. I know for a fact that his first he caught on a white spinner bait and had susequent hits on the same spinner. As for his last one not sure what he used while trolling. I think the lighter the tackle the better the fight and the more memerable the experience! Just don't use 4# test that could be tricky
. The nice thing about Pineview and the narrows specifically is that it is deep so chances are you can play a Muskie for a while and he has nothing really to snag you up on.
Hope this helps and good luck,
The best keepers are the ones that are allowed to swim away. Keep the memories, write the story and retain a photograph as irrefutable evidence that the encounter did exist; but let the noble adversary go. Let him swim away back into the life and the place he was before your challenge. Know in your heart that he swims on and hold the memories of that grand encounter as the true trophy of the day.
-- Gundy Gunderson