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MERCURY MARINE'S SUMMER CHALLENGE

June 21st & 22nd, 2003 - Eagle River, Wisconsin

 
Bayer & LaBuda Net More Than $20,000 in PMTT/Mercury Marine's Summer Challenge 2003 @ Eagle River, WI

Bob
"the Fin-Addict" Osborne, PMTT Publicity/Press Release Director

Eagle River, WI. June 21st & 22nd, 2003

PMTT Q-3 Results

Immediate Release:



Rick LaBuda of Oak Lawn, IL and partner Tom Bayer of Hanover Park, IL amazing come from behind charge on Sunday, fighting high bluebird skies and near record temperatures at both ends of the thermometer while catching and releasing Musky of 39-3/4 & 37-3/4 inches, steadfastly working Grim Reaper spinnerbaits on Scattering Rice and Duck Lakes, vaulted them from a tie for last place to the very top of the final leaderboard, heading a full field of 150 Teams gathered here from all across North America to compete in the PMTT / Mercury Marine's Summer Challenge - Qualifier #3, Sat. & Sun. June 21st / 22nd on the legendary waters of Northern Wisconsin's Eagle River Chain; Eagle River, WI., laying claim not only to the All-Star Rods Big Fish Award of $500 and new All-Star Graphite Rod on Sunday by narrowly edging out day one leaders, Gregg Thomas & Dave Grochowski, the only team to register two fish on day one, but also taking home the 1st Place Trophy and accompanying $20,000 check!!! Said Rick LaBuda after a loud war-whoop and deep sigh of satisfaction when he and teammate Tom Bayer were announced as the winners, "What an incredible feeling ... and hey, what a town!"



Although the difficult weather conditions kept the over-all catch numbers low for this normally prolific fishery, at 29 fish 34 inches or larger, it did serve to make for a very exciting free-for-all finish indeed, when the top five teams ALL recorded doubles and less than 30 points separated them from one another. Gregg Thomas of Frenchburg, KY and partner Dave Grochowski from Fairfield, OH led Saturday after boating two Musky at 36-1/2 & 37-1/2 inches near the islands in Catfish Lake using Reef Hawgs on the outside edges of the weeds, but knew that the slow bite and 18 other teams with fish right on their heels made for a "must catch" situation the following day. Despite their hard fought effort to score a triple they could not muster another bite on Sunday and slipped to 2nd Place and a cash pay out of $5,000. Last events 2nd Place finishers and "Big Fish" winners with that memorable last second 49 inch beauty at Cave Run Lake, John Newman and Bob Culberson from the Twin Cities area, were up to their old tricks again, registering Saturday's All-Star Graphite Rods "Big Fish" Award winner at 38-3/4 inches, for $500 and a new All-Star Rod, using downsized crankbaits on the "Slide Bar" area of Cranberry, that had just enough oomph to hold up for 6th place overall, totaling $1,500, when they too could not score that elusive second fish.

3rd, 4th & 5th places all caught fish both days but central Minnesota's Jason Summers & Tony Demars, registering a 38-1/4 & 34-1/2 inch Musky utilizing Depth Raiders on Eagle Lake claimed both the prestigious Ranger Cup and 3rd place honors for a total of $3,500. Jim Glass & Josh Wiser caught fish of 36 & 34-1/4 inches on crankbaits to claim 4th place and $2,000 while local Musky Hounds Jerry Podmarsky & David Quinn also using Depth Raiders, took a pair of Musky measuring 34 & 35 inches respectfully for 5th place and $1,500. Weeds and weed edges... inside/outside or on the flats, were the key to success for most anglers with a large variety of baits and tactics proving productive through-out this fabled water system.



The heritage of Musky angling and love of the Great Outdoors abounds, going back several generations in this part of the country and it really shows as the entire community came out to welcome and make feel to home the more than 300 visiting anglers and their families in town for the week of competition and local festivities. The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Dir. "Connie" Heeg and Event Co-coordinator Kim Emerson, Bill Weber of Parson's Chevrolet, Jeff and Laura of Eagle Waters Resort, Richard Heckle of Heckle's Marine, George Langley of Eagle Sports and many, many others, pooled their multiple talents and resources to make this absolutely one of the best hosted PMTT events ever held. Tournament Director and PMTT Co-Founder, Tim Widlacki, stated during the closing ceremonies, "Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center rolls out the red carpeting like no one else in the country. Connie Heeg and Kim Emerson of the Chamber, heck, the entire town of Eagle River welcomes the PMTT and its contestants in truly first class fashion. They really go out of their way to try and make everyone feel at home and do what ever it takes, going the extra mile, to make everyone's trip here an enjoyable and memorable experience."

Mercury Marine Marketing Representative, Kevin Luebke was also on hand to congratulate all of the contestants, voicing Mercury's continued support of the PMTT and development of products related to this fast growing segment of the freshwater fishing industry. "If not for Mercury Marine's long-time, large scale support of the PMTT and their financial commitment to making the entire sport of Musky fishing better, we (PMTT) could never have achieved so much nor have gotten so far in such a short time", added Widlacki, and as always, "a very special thanks goes out to all of the Major, Associate and Contributing sponsors, without whose continued support the PMTT’s success would be impossible. Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Musky Hunter Magazine, All Star Graphite Rods, The Fishing Guide Show, Heckel's Marina, Crash's Landing, Inc., Morehead Kentucky Tourism Commission, Greater Madison Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center, Break on the Lake Resort and Birch Villa Resort. We ask that you would consider returning that support by patronizing their fine products and services."

Final results

CLICK HERE to view the 2003 Eagle River, WI Tournament Photo Album

 

Day 1

Day 2

Total

# of

Total

# of

Total

# of

Total

Place

Team

Inches

Fish

Points

Inches

Fish

Points

Inches

Fish

Points

1

Tom Bayer/Rick LaBuda

0

0

0

77.5

2

118

77.5

2

118

2

Gregg Thomas/David Grochowski

74

2

104

0

0

0

74

2

104

3

Jason Summers/Tony Demars

38.25

1

57

34.5

1

42

72.75

2

99

4

Jim Glass/Josh Wiser

36

1

48

34.25

1

41

70.25

2

89

5

David Quinn/Jerry Podmarsky

34

1

40

35

1

44

69

2

84

6

John Newman Jr/Bob Culbertson

38.75

1

59

0

0

0

38.75

1

59

7

Gary Treadway/Mike Brister

38

1

56

0

0

0

38

1

56

8

Brad & Steve Schmitt

37.75

1

55

0

0

0

37.75

1

55

9

Richard D Heckel/Bill Jacobs

37

1

52

0

0

0

37

1

52

10

Dave Lucas/T Robert Mabry

37

1

52

0

0

0

37

1

52

11

Steve Cady/Matt Beulke

37

1

52

0

0

0

37

1

52

12

John Mich/Robert Kolar

0

0

0

37

1

52

37

1

52

13

Rick & Dick Lapp

36.5

1

50

0

0

0

36.5

1

50

14

Bob Jacobs/Annie Jacobs

36

1

48

0

0

0

36

1

48

15

Crash Mullins/Joe McCartin

35.5

1

46

0

0

0

35.5

1

46

16

Mike & Dan Wojtusik

35.25

1

45

0

0

0

35.25

1

45

17

Troy Bilbrey/Jeff Fladebo

35.25

1

45

0

0

0

35.25

1

45

18

Ed Lamb/Joe Terlizzi

34.5

1

42

0

0

0

34.5

1

42

19

Mike Riley/Kelly Armstrong

34.5

1

42

0

0

0

34.5

1

42

20

Steve Rusteberg/Duane Landmeier

0

0

0

34.5

1

42

34.5

1

42

21

Michael & Debra Pecosky

0

0

0

34.25

1

41

34.25

1

41

22

Brad Saul/Jeff Slusarski

34

1

40

0

0

0

34

1

40

23

Bill Buechner/Chris Wallis

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

Bob & Kris Rockowski

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

25

Mike Giger/Jerry Rzepka

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

26

Jason & Jarod Strittmatter

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

27

Vance & Marsha Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

28

Jim Stella/Bob Frechette

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

29

John Fisler/Dan Germann

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

30

Jeff Miller/Brian Drendel

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

31

Scott Salchli/Tony Smith

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

32

Ken & Stephanie Lang

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

33

Howard Van Zandt/Lou Iacopetti

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

34

Ron & Rich Weidner

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

35

Lenny Szulc/Tom Olson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

36

Dave Hartman/Ted Stechschute

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

37

John Wroblewski/Pete Anderson III

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

38

Scott Karow/John Thurk

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

39

Dennis Radloff/Gregg Laffin

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

40

Ray & Chris Blicharz

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

41

Scott Flatt/Scott Worthington

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

42

Paul Peck/Rob Elliker

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

43

Josh Behm/Mike Fryatt

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

44

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

45

Ed Haagenson/Jim Frohlich

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

46

Bill Ramsey/Jim Corbett

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

47

Dan Krohn/Don Woods

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

48

Mark Nelson/Tom Stygar

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

49

Steve Imhoff/Clark Bailey

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

50

Don Jr & John Forsyth

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

51

Nathan Heinrich/Mark Spencer

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

52

Tony Hernandez/Mark Pflug

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

53

Scott Crank/Kevin Moore

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

54

Gregg  Schullz/Rick Nutt

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

55

Mike Caldarazzo/Mike Stoner

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

56

Dominic Hoyos/Andy Johnson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

57

Mike Quinn/Stu Weigner

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

58

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

59

MattPolman/John Augustine

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

60

Mark Samars/Jeff "Thrash" Miller

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

61

Rick Rosar/Josh Borovsky

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

62

Eric & Steve Genson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

63

Jim Sr & Jim Jr Carlson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

64

Kevin Nash/Andy Veach

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

65

Dale Hurd/Greg Kos

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

66

Kirk Willberg/Brad Swenson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

67

Tom Ustaszweski/Ron Mazur

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

68

Don Pfeiffer/Tony Grant

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

69

Eric Nelson/Mark Kuether

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

70

Brian Jones/Kris Nater

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

71

Eric & Chris Burseth

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

72

Dan Peckles/Mike Koepp

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

73

Danny DiMaggio/Gary Lehnerr

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

74

Tom Adams/David Petschke

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

75

Karen DiPietro/Lupe Rodriquez

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

76

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

77

George Benda Jr/John Poulsen

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

78

Eric Schaeffer/Bill Wagner

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

79

Dan Rafferty/Jim Hinchman

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

80

Chris Drury/Rich Gallagher

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

81

John Stevenson/Jeff Stevenson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

82

Bob Osborne/Del Colvin

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

83

David Schultz/Sam Sahn

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

84

Kenneth Karbon /Bill Robl

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

85

Stan Ryan/Karen McGaw

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

86

Jim Koshuta/David Habighorst

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

87

Phil Schweik/Pete Hilman

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

88

Stephen Sr & Stephen Jr Bassler

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

89

Doug Kloet/Bill Pocius

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

90

Mike Heath/Tim Kelley

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

91

Dan Brantmeier/Mark Olson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

92

Jeff Sedlacek/Bill Simon

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

93

V James Shrock/Thomas Juhlke

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

94

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

95

Don & Don J Dickinson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

96

Dave Sokolowski/Louie Signorile Jr

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

97

Deron Shymkewich/Craig Freund

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

98

David C Kuhn/Kevin D Laux

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

99

Adam Oberfoell/Travis Clark

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

100

Mike Johnson/Mark Hillebold

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

101

Dave & Wayne Stewart

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

102

Michael Lehrer/Ben Johnson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

103

Scott Jenkins/Russel Schaller

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

104

Jeff Bruss/Phil Hahn

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

105

Rick & Dennis Treinen

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

106

Michael A Tengwall/Eric Guddal

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

107

Jeff & Philip Blanck

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

108

Chris & Dawn Nielsen

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

109

Jim Miskoviak/Jeff Hartsworm

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

110

Bryan & Andrew Lieser

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

111

Kel Dobbs/Chris Zelko

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

112

Skip Hamilton/Darwin Ligman

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

113

Tony Piantek/Tony Piantek Sr

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

114

Dave & Matt Kircher

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

115

Greg Morse/John Hartfiel

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

116

Garth Darton/Jerry Willner

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

117

Don Sr & Mike Forsyth

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

118

Peter & Kristi Gaarder

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

119

Rod Kruckman/Clint Schnieder

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

120

Charles Altamore/William Thomas

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

121

Dave McGaw/Jerry Georgeson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

122

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

123

Stacey Medin/Matt Thompson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

124

Ken Schmidt/Ron Terkel

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

125

Fred Brogle

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

126

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

127

Barry & Jeff Kodat

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

128

Bill VierKandt/Rick Hess

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

129

Mark A Lindell/Doug Lee

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

130

Mike Jensen/Jeff VanDyke

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

131

Robert Dock Stupp/Bill J Schook

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

132

Paul J Hansen/Tom Mason

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

133

Robert H Mann/Jennifer Mann

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

134

Bob Sheldon/Jeff Grief

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

135

Ron Haynes/Walt Prociuk

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

136

Joe Smoczyk/Dave Tampio

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

137

Rick Busalacchi/Jason Graham

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

138

Scott W Ralston/Seamus Hanley

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

139

Ken Kaegl/Sam DiMaggio

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

140

Paul Ovadal/Steve Stricker

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

141

Kevin O'Connel/Sean O'Connel

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

142

Michael Malicki/Walter Nack

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

143

Paul Parise/Michael Etzel

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

144

Steve Hulyk/Chuck Stephens

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

145

Ron Schwister/Gregg Schwister

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

146

Libby Hoene/Tim Hoene

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

147

Ross Korpela/Jeff Boedigeimer

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

148

Larry & Jason Manning

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

149

Jerry Orley/Ed Orley

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

150

Sean Ostruska/Eric Voelker

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

151

Shawn Kellett/Blake Johnson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

152

Tim Miller/Matt Thompson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

153

Richard Larson/Jeff Monet

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

154

James Rechlitz/Bill Hassey

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

155

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

156

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

157

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 CLICK HERE to view the 2003 Eagle River, WI Tournament Photo Album

 

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