Late summer sees Lindy Land muskies scattered everywhere from rocky reefs to points and deep weed edges. But as the water cools and fragile weedbeds wither, the last vestiges of living vegetation can attract fish in force.

Broad-leafed pondweed — affectionately called cabbage — is one hearty variety that exhibits staying power long after the sunken gardens’ more delicate flowers have faded.

Baitfish flock to cabbage patches for shelter, and hungry muskies follow, opening the door to stellar fishing for anglers wielding the right baits and tactics.

A variety of lures may trip a muskie’s trigger, but the Lindy M/G Muskie Tandem is one of the standouts.

The 1-ounce, 9½-inch double-bladed spinnerbait sports size 5 and size 8 Colorado blades that churn and flash, attracting curious muskies and eliciting strikes the likes of which are rarely seen in freshwater.

Considering the muskie’s stature and fighting abilities, stout tackle is in order. An 8-foot, medium-heavy casting rod spooled with superbraid in the 60- to 80-pound class is definitely not overkill. And don’t forget a sturdy leader, such as a foot-long length of 130-pound fluorocarbon.

Long casts and varied retrieves are the rule. Experiment with different cadences. Try burning the bait along a weedline, then slow things down and helicopter it toward bottom before zipping it upward until the blades break the surface.

Finally, remember to hold on tight. A careless grip can spell disaster when a fall dragon unleashes its fury.