Everyone that's on a forum like this knows the muskie technique. The problem are the cottage rentals that come up for a few days or a week or two. They go jigging for fish with the kids and end up hooking a muskie and don't know the do's and don'ts.
1) This happened to an acquaintance of mine just 2 weeks ago. He was at a rental for the week on Lower Buckhorn and sure enough out fishing with his two young kids he hooked a muskie. He said he got it to the boat but didn't know what to do. He said there was a seasoned angler close by that came over to his rental boat and helped. In this case I expect it ended OK for the muskie. He said he learned about holding it for recovery/rest time, etc.
2) I know a cottage resort owner and once I witnessed (it was after the fact) the weekly rentals catching a muskie and bringing it back to show everyone, handling it wrong, out of the water too long for pics, etc. The resort owner showed me the dead muskie from their shoreline (it floated back not long after it was released) and it was huge. Very sad. He told me it happens from time to time.
The 'cidiots' (some call them) are clueless to how delicate the monster of the lake is once it has been caught and handled. I think more education for the short stay vacationers would help.