** The Few, the Dedicated**
With the exception of a few high- profile bodies of water like Cave Run, the muskie maintains a low profile in Dixie; consequently muskie fishing is somewhat of a cult activity here. This is bass and crappie country, and an angler thrashing the water with oversized Suicks and Eagletails is apt to garner some stares. That doesn't keep Parkersburg, W.Va., muskie addict John Kaltenecker from his appointed rounds on rivers and streams in the Mountain State, where he's caught and released hundreds of muskies. "These fish will ruin you," he says. "I can't remember details of many of my past bass trips, but I can tell you exactly where, when and how I caught almost every muskie I've ever landed. Once you catch a big one, you're hooked. Other fish are just bait."