Boatside strikes from muskies are exciting! And, a real part of a complete muskie-fisher’s percentage game. A couple main considerations include that the 8 or O pattern must be as long and as wide as possible. Extension is key. Making wide outside turns is essential. This is where longer rods are extremely helpful. It’s why I designed a series of rods to include longer models to 8’ (with a new 8’6 on the way). It’s why the shortest rod I personally cast with is 7’ 6.
Consider that the outside corners are where 95 % of strikes will occur. They must be wide so big fish can actually be successful turning to grab. Always bring the presentation close to the boat as possible so the outside of the turn can be wide as possible. Be ready to set on the outside turns always set back into the fish if possible.