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MUSKY HUNTER MAGAZINE'S FALL SHOWDOWN
MADISON CHAIN OF LAKES, WISCONSIN
September 13th & 14th, 2003 - Madison, Wisconsin
Tournament Results

FISH THE RAIN!

    
Michael Tengwall & Eric Guddal catch 4 fish  including saturday's largest a 43" to win the Madison Chain qualifier


2nd Place finishers Mike Koepp and partner Dan Peckels tripled including Sunday largest fish a 44"

MAD CHAIN SMASHES PMTT RECORDS!

TENGWALL / GUDDAL LEAD CHARGE: CLAIM TITLE & $19,000

68 Musky / 18 over 40 inches / 1st Place - 4 fish totaling 160 inches!

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

Immediate Release:

Musky Hunter Magazine’s FALL SHOWDOWN
PMTT Q-4 Results/Madison Chain

Madison, WI. Sept. 13th & 14th , 2003

Recently named the Nations #1 "Collegiate Party Town", Madison WI. has just staked claim and title to another, arguably more desirable national #1 ranking… home to one of the most prolific, all-time record setting, totally amazing "Off the Hook" Musky systems in all of North America! Hosted by the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau on Madison Chain of Lakes in Dane County WI. Sept. 12th - 14th, 2003, this fourth qualifier of the Professional Musky Tournament Trail’s 2003 season represented the last chance for aspiring Musky anglers across the Country to secure a berth in the PMTT RANGER BOATS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP  being held next month in Cass Lake, MN. as nearly 300 of North America’s best Musky anglers squared-off for two days of bare-knuckle, toe-to-toe, knock-down drag-out pursuit of the most elusive and prized of all freshwater gamefish in an awesome display of skill and determination, finishing what has to be considered one of the most exciting and competitive seasons yet in the five year history of this fast growing Pro Musky Circuit. In all, a staggering total of 68 fish over 34-inches were tallied in two days of competition, (37 Sat. and 31 Sun)…18 over 40 inches …1st Place registering four fish @ 160-inches! … places to 15th ALL registering doubles or higher, smashing not only the myth of "10,000 casts" often associated with this species, but almost every previously existing Pro Musky Tournament record along the way.

Fighting a drenching rain, blustery winds, incredibly tough competition and a broken trolling motor, Michael Tengwall & Eric Guddal, fished the bigger waters of Lake Monona, concentrating most of their efforts in the Olin Park/Turville Bay area, as did many of the top 12 finishers, throwing black Top Raiders and buzz baits over the relatively shallow, densely weeded flats, catching and releasing four legal fish, two each day, setting new PMTT records for both length/point total and number of fish registered, measuring 43, 42-¾, 38 & 36-¾ inches, claiming the Day One All-Star Rods "Big Fish" Award, the prestigious Ranger Cup and 1st Place check for a whopping total of $19,000! Said Eric Guddal of Maple Lake, MN. "We knew we were into something special pretty early, and while we were having some mechanical problems, really liked our chances as long as we could stay on our pattern!" Both closed in saying that it would probably take a few more days before it really hit them but that it sure felt good to get on a pattern, overcome adversity and still come away with the victory!

Their success was far from an isolated incident as 2nd thru 5th Places all registered three fish each! Many great stories could be told of this incredible event but the gutsy call at the close of day one by Dan Peckels and Mike Koepp of Pewaukee, WI. to completely change game plan and location on day two has to be among the best, and one that would pay huge dividends, including a 44-inch day two All-Star "Big Fish Award" winner and 2nd Place overall for a total of $5,000. "The fishing was almost unbelievable. We moved over 30 fish, got the hooks into six, boating two." explained Dan Peckels of their second day action. Partner Mike Koepp said that even though they had scored a 38-¼ inch fish Saturday, "If we wanted to have a shot at winning it we knew we were going to have to mix it up a bit." Deciding to change water, staying on Waubesa and fish shallower weeds closer to the take-off area, Mike threw the bait that had been successful the day before, back in the box and switched to Bull Dawgs, top waters and buck tails, which all seemed to work, but having the confidence to trust in their knowledge and abilities and "Go for it" helped to make for "What may well have been my best day ever on Musky water!" added Mike, "It is hard to imagine how many opportunities presented themselves today, you just about had to see it to believe it."

Tim Widlacki, PMTT Tournament Director and co-founder, was nearly left speechless as the records began to fall. "What can I say that the numbers themselves don’t tell?" replied Widlacki with large smile and shrug of his shoulders, when asked about the record setting results. "You put this group of anglers on any good system and you are likely to get surprising results. Add a prime calendar period, optimal weather conditions and a berth in the World Championship and I guess the results pretty much speak for themselves… Totally awesome!"

Day one leaders Steve Reintra & Chad Strutzle, utilizing top water baits, as did many in the very popular Turville Bay area, remarked "We can’t help but wonder what might have been… Man, so close", when they could not improve on their early lead and three fish total, knowing that any of the 15 fish moved on Sunday or the near 40-inch specimen lost at boat-side would have propelled them into the winners circle, taking some solace in the $2,700 3rd Place check. Adam Oberfoell & Travis Clark cashed a check for $1,800 by catching three Musky, all in a hard charge on the last day, using a combination of Mepps buck tails and Grim Reaper buzz baits to move from last to 4th while Rod Kruckman & Clint Schnieder added two fish to their first day single fish entry by throwing Slammer top water baits for 5th Place and $1,350.

Top water presentations seemed to prevail, whether on the clearer waters of Lake Monona or the more stained conditions of Waubesa, the two largest of the five lakes being fished in this chain that included Lower & Upper Mud as well as Kegonsa, although it was apparent that buck tails, cranks, jerk baits and soft plastics all scored as well during this torrid bite. The common denominator was WEEDS. Shallow, deep or suspended… these Mad Chain Musky related to the abundant vegetation. "Changing weather conditions, dropping water temperatures, steady rain after two months of near drought conditions, moon phase and a variety of variables just seemed to come together" stated Widlacki, adding that 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."

For information regarding the Professional Musky Tournament Trail’s 2004 Season or the upcoming Mike James $100K Mega Musky Tournament contact: Tim Widlacki, PMTT Tournament Director - @ www.promusky.com or call (815) 264-3228

CLICK HERE to view the 2003 Madison, WI Tournament Photo Album

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Day 1

Day 2

Total

Team

# of

Total

# of

Total

# of

Total

#

Place

Team

Inches

Fish

Points

Inches

Fish

Points

Inches

Fish

Points

80

1

Michael Tengwall/Eric Guddal

85.75

2

151

74.25

2

105

160

4

256

61

2

Dan Peckels/Mike Koepp

38.25

1

57

80

2

128

118.25

3

185

112

3

Steve Reintra/Chad Strutzel

117.5

3

182

0

0

0

117.5

3

182

77

4

Adam Oberfoell/Travis Clark

0

0

0

114.25

3

169

114.25

3

169

94

5

Rod Kruckman/Clint Schneider

35

1

44

74

2

104

109

3

148

37

6

Nathan Heinrich/Mark Spencer

82.5

2

138

0

0

0

82.5

2

138

123

7

Rob Denwalter/Tim Ehrhadrt

0

0

0

79.5

2

126

79.5

2

126

10

8

Scott Salchli/Anthony Smith

77.5

2

118

0

0

0

77.5

2

118

7

9

John M Fisler/Daniel W Germann

0

0

0

75

2

108

75

2

108

104

10

Kevin O'Connell/Rob Harrington

35

1

44

39

1

60

74

2

104

127

11

Dan E Becker/Joe Bukantos

0

0

0

72.5

2

98

72.5

2

98

139

12

Andy Goepfert/Paul Thompson

0

0

0

72.5

2

98

72.5

2

98

27

13

Josh Behm/Mike Fryatt

36

1

48

35

1

44

71

2

92

137

14

Dick Heckel/Bill Jacobs

69

2

84

0

0

0

69

2

84

119

15

Ronnie Simpson/Scotty Combs

42.75

1

75

0

0

0

42.75

1

75

110

16

Steve & brad Schmitt

0

0

0

42

1

72

42

1

72

65

17

Karen Dipietro/Lupe Rodriquez

0

0

0

41

1

68

41

1

68

128

18

Jim Kelly/Art Carrison

40.25

1

65

0

0

0

40.25

1

65

86

19

Scott Jenkins/Russell Schaller

0

0

0

40.25

1

65

40.25

1

65

70

20

Chris Drury/Rich Gallagher

40

1

64

0

0

0

40

1

64

40

21

Greg Schullz/Rick Nutt

39.75

1

63

0

0

0

39.75

1

63

95

22

Dave McGaw/Jerry Georgeson

39.75

1

63

0

0

0

39.75

1

63

109

23

Ed & Jerry Orley

39.5

1

62

0

0

0

39.5

1

62

100

24

Rick Gavin/Doug Spangler

0

0

0

39.5

1

62

39.5

1

62

113

25

Richard B Larson/Jeffery D Monet

0

0

0

39.5

1

62

39.5

1

62

129

26

Andy Steil/Don Leaser

39.25

1

61

0

0

0

39.25

1

61

121

27

Jeff Hanson/Tom Forster

0

0

0

39.25

1

61

39.25

1

61

23

28

Ray & Chris Blicharz

39

1

60

0

0

0

39

1

60

102

29

Ron Haynes/Walt Prodiuk

38

1

56

0

0

0

38

1

56

3

30

Mike Giger/Jerry Rzepka

38

1

56

0

0

0

38

1

56

36

31

Don G & John Forsyth

0

0

0

37.5

1

54

37.5

1

54

54

32

Kirk Willberg/Brad Swenson

0

0

0

37.25

1

53

37.25

1

53

35

33

Steve Imhoff/Clark Bailey

37

1

52

0

0

0

37

1

52

49

34

Rick "Rocker" Rosar/Josh Borovsky

37

1

52

0

0

0

37

1

52

8

35

Jeff Miller/Brian Drendel

 

 

 

37

1

52

37

1

52

34

36

Mark Nelson/Tom Stygar

36.5

1

50

0

0

0

36.5

1

50

56

37

Gary Treadway/Mike Brister

36.5

1

50

0

0

0

36.5

1

50

74

38

Tim Keyes/Dennis Treinen

36.5

1

50

0

0

0

36.5

1

50

72

39

Bob Osborne/Del Colvin

36.25

1

49

0

0

0

36.25

1

49

21

40

Dennis Radloff/Gregg Laffin

36

1

48

0

0

0

36

1

48

32

41

Bill Ramsey/Jim Corbett

36

1

48

0

0

0

36

1

48

115

42

Tim Gilbert/Gene Smith

0

0

0

35.75

1

47

35.75

1

47

62

43

Dan Dimaggio/Gary Lehner

35

1

44

0

0

0

35

1

44

29

44

Troy Bilbrey/Jef Fladebo

34.5

1

42

0

0

0

34.5

1

42

38

45

Tony Hernandez/Mark Pflug

34.25

1

41

0

0

0

34.25

1

41

4

46

Jason & Jarod Strittmatter

0

0

0

34.25

1

41

34.25

1

41

67

47

George P Benda Jr/John Poulsen

34

1

40

0

0

0

34

1

40

83

48

Dava Sokolowski/Louie Signorile Jr

0

0

0

34

1

40

34

1

40

1

49

Bill Buchner/Chris Wallis

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

50

Bob & Kris Rockwoski *DNC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

51

Vance & Marsha Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

52

Jim Stella/Bob Frechette

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

53

John Mich/Robert Kolar

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

54

Ken & Stephanie Lang

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

55

John P Ryan/Tom Roberts

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

13

56

Ron & Richard Weidner

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

57

Lenny Szulc/Tom Olson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

15

58

Jason Summers/Tont Demars

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

59

David P Hartman/Ted Stechschucte

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

60

Steve Cady/Matt Buelke

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

18

61

John Wroblewski/Pete Anderson III

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

19

62

John Newman Jr/Bob Culbertson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

20

63

Scott Karow/John Thurk

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

22

64

Dave Lucas/T Robert Mabry

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

65

Scott Flatt/Scott Worthington *DNC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

25

66

Michael S Riley/Kelly Armstrong

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

26

67

Paul Peck/Bob Elliker

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

28

68

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

30

69

Steven J Rusteberg/Duane Landmeier

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

31

70

Ed Haagenson/Jim Frolich

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

33

71

Dan Krohn/Don Woods

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

39

72

Scott Crank/Kevin Moore

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

41

73

Mike Caldarazzo/Mike Stoner *DNC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

42

74

Dominic Hoyos/Andy Johnson *DNC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

43

75

Brad Sall/Jeff Slusarski

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

44

76

Michael Quinn/Stu Weigner

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

45

77

Crash Mullins/Joe McCartin

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

46

78

Don & Pat Allison

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

47

79

Matt Polman/John Augustine

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

48

80

Mark Samars/Jeff "Thrash" Miller *DNC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

50

81

Eric & Steve Genson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

51

82

Jim & Jim Jr Carlson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

52

83

Kevin Nash/Andy Veach

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

53

84

Dale Hurd/Greg Kos

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

55

85

Tom Ustaszewski/Ron Mazur

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

57

86

Don Pfeiffer/Tony Grant

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

58

87

Eric Nelson/Mark Kuether

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

59

88

Brian Jones/Kris Nater

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

60

89

Eric & Chris Burseth

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

63

90

Gregg Thomas/Dave Grochowski

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

64

91

Tom Adams/David Petschke

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

66

92

Dennis & Thomas Sweeney *DNC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

68

93

Eric Schaeffer/Bill Wagner *DNC

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

69

94

Dan Rafferty/Jim Hinchman

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

71

95

John & Jeff Stevenson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

73

96

Jeff Sedlacek/Bill Simon

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

75

97

Micheal & Debra Pecosky

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

76

98

Dave & Wayne Stewart

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

78

99

David L Schultz

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

79

100

Deron Shykewich/Craig Freund

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

81

101

Jim Glass/Josh Wiser

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

82

102

Stephen & Stephen Jr Bassler

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

84

103

Phil Schweik/Pete Hilman

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

85

104

Jef & Philip Blanck

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

87

105

Ray L Erbs/Sully Cefelu

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

88

106

Robert Prosser/Mark Fry

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

89

107

Stan Ryan/Karen McGaw

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

90

108

Greg Morse/John Hartfiel

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

91

109

Garth Darton/Jerry Wilner

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

92

110

Don Sr & Mike Forsyth

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

93

111

Peter & Kristi Gaarder

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

96

112

Stacey Medin/Matt Thompson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

97

113

Tom Bayer/Rick LaBuda

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

98

114

Mark Lindell/Doug Lee

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

99

115

Mike Jensen/Jeff Van Dyke

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

101

116

Andrew & David Marsden

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

103

117

Joseph J Smoczyk

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

105

118

Steven Hulyk/Ben Diamond

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

106

119

Tim & Libby Hoene

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

107

120

Ross Korpela/Jeff Boedigheimer

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

108

121

Larry Manning

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

111

122

Kevin D Laux/Dave C Kuhn

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

114

123

Dwayne Dillon/Joe Denton

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

116

124

Steve Krauter/Dennis Helmeid

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

117

125

Tim Wittek/Luke Dipalo

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

118

126

Marc Arena/Rod Ballard

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

120

127

Jason C & James C Mabis

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

122

128

Sam Dimaggio/Ken Kaegl

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

124

129

Rick Hess/Bill Vierkandt

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

125

130

Randy Atkins/Chris Baldridge

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

126

131

Rick & Dick Lapp

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

130

132

Aaron Raynoha/Jason Ackerman

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

131

133

Tom & Chris Welch

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

132

134

Todd & Mike Welch

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

133

135

Mike & Scott Peterson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

134

136

John & Tim Peterson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

135

137

Eric Walls/Tim Keyes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

136

138

Scott W Ralston/Seamus Hanley

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

138

139

Jeremy J Driscoll/Eric Nelson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

140

140

Chuck Stephens/Ben Molina

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

141

141

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 *DNC - Did not compete.

Actual 41" fish. Unsuccessful release. Points adjusted.

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