Musky Hunter Magazine Fall Meltdown
Chippewa Flowage - Wisconsin
August 27th & 28th, 2005
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Chippewa Flowage Tournament Photo Album
MUSKY HUNTER/PMTT FALL MELTDOWN @ "THE CHIP"
LOTS OF BIG FISH - EXCITING PHOTO FINISH - WHAT "HOMEWATER JINX"?
PMTT Q-4 Hayward, WI. Chippewa Flowage August 27th & 28th,
By: Bob "the Fin-Addict" Osborne - PMTT PR/Media Director
The legendary, spectacularly beautiful waters of
Sawyer County Wisconsin's amazing Chippewa Flowage, home waters to Louis
Spray's world record and, not surprisingly, many of this country's best
known and accomplished Musky Hunters, served appropriate backdrop for
the most exciting finish in Professional Musky Tournament history when
John Steckel and partner Randy Machtan, both of Marshfield, WI. ,
triggered Musky of 36-¼, 36-½ & 44-½ inches Saturday, taking three of
the 21 fish registered and released on day one to score the highest
single day points total of the event to lead a field dominated by local
anglers looking to disprove the "home waters jinx" myth.. winning the
first ever tie-breaker for a 1st Place Finish in PMTT
history, claiming both the 2005 MUSKY HUNTER FALL MELTDOWN TITLE and
over $15,000 cash!
"I have almost 17, maybe 18 years overall experience
on these waters", shared a visibly excited John, who's Team is fast
becoming a force with their second Top 10 PMTT in a row, with 7th
and Big Fish at the past Eagle River event! "Scouting the waters,
baitfish, shallow water and barometric pressure where all important
parts of the pattern. We came up two-and-a-half weeks ago and found deep
suspended fish that were very lethargic in near 90-degree water. We felt
the fish had moved shallow to follow the bait and utilize water that was
now a more comfortable 69 to 70-degrees".
A mildly, yet understandably disappointed Paul Parise
and Mike Etzel of nearby Ladysmith, WI. gamely added fish of 38 and 35-½
inches to their fat 43-½ inch first day effort to finish in a first ever
dead-tie . only to lose to the day one leaders on total single day
points. "We knew what they had yesterday , but were not sure how the
extra points went and stuff or if they were catching fish. We knew it
would be close and that we had to beat them outright because of their
great catch yesterday and did not know whether we had it until the last
second", said Parise who also added that tapering points, weeds and a
steady diet of jerk baits in perch patterns were what worked in earning
them the hefty $3,866 check and an exciting 2nd Place finish.
Rounding out the Top Three, totally busting the old
"home waters jinx" myth, well-known area Guide and creator of
the Pacemaker top water lure, from Hayward, WI. Ty Sennet and Eau Claire
partner JoDon Thompson claimed the 3rd Place Trophy and
$2,706 for the 36-½ & 39-¾ inch fish they registered. " I get out on the
water every once in awhile", joked Sennet who has been an extremely
successful guide on this system for 17 years. "I am glad to see
everybody so excited by the size of the 36 fish caught here this
weekend, but the truth is that the Big Girls are still about a month
away from moving in". When asked by Tournament Director Tim Widlacki if
the low water, almost down three feet, had been a factor Ty responded
that it had been a pretty typical bite, with few follows; either they
bite or you see few. "The trick is backing off a bit and fish weed
edges, but you can't give up because you don't see fish, they just do
not show themselves as often here . it's very typical".
4th Place finishers, Phil Gutmann and Bob
Blanke of the Chicagoland area also doubled to claim $1,638 using Mepps
bucktails in outside weed edges to narrowly edge Duane Landmeier & Dana
Smith of Hinkley and Senneca, IL respectively who threw Suicks and Crane
baits into skinny water to locate their quarry and take 5th
Place and $1,546. "We are just very glad to have earned a berth at 'the
big dance, Ranger Boats World Championship. even if it was at the last
event . Man, we're going to 'Tonka!!"
Ranger Boats Representative Steve Lindahl was on hand
to personally deliver the $1,000 Ranger Cup Check to Ron Haynes & Wally
Prociuk who finished as the highest placing registered Ranger owner at 7th
Place with a heavy 45-¼ inch fish. Mr. Lindahl proudly announced that
this brought the 2005 Ranger Cup Program pay-out-to-date . to a whopping
$2.3 million! He also assured all in attendance that the highly
anticipated unveiling of the newly designed 2006 Ranger 620 will take
place, "on schedule", in about a month. Musky Hunter Magazine
Editor, Jim Saric noted what an amazing increase there has been over the
past seven years that they have been sponsoring the Pro Trail in the
level and quality of competition. "From top to bottom, every man and
women on this Trail can win any given event. No lead is safe . new
tactics and techniques develop at almost every event . they always
produce some quality fish. What a great group of anglers".
Special thanks go out to the fine folks at Ranger
Boats, Mercury Marine, Musky Hunter Magazine, Heckel's
Marine, Crash's Landing, Extreme Musky Expo, North Country
Adventure Television and all associate and contributing
sponsors, as well as Host Site Sponsors; Morehead Tourism Commission,
Eagles Nest Resort, Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors
Center, the Medina Entertainment Center and of course the Hayward
Country Inns & Suites . without who's continuing support none of this
would be possible today.
The final event will be the prestigious Ranger Boats
World Championship on Lake Minnetonka, MN. October 15th & 16th.
The Top 50 Musky Anglers of 2005 will be invited to compete for both the
Top Gun and Championship Title with a prize package that includes a 2006
Ranger 619 Fisherman - RangerTrail Trailer - 150 hp Mercury package ...
plus cash ... totaling nearly $40,000*! Watch Fox Sports North
Country Adventure Television beginning in January for this and
all of the exciting PMTT Qualifying events. Learn from the Pros ... be a
part of the action ... help show your support for Musky fishing. Anyone
can join the PMTT and everybody is warmly invited to enter this
fast-growing and addictively exciting competition. Keep your eyes open
for upcoming 2006 schedule announcements and who knows . maybe you
have what it takes to be the next World Champion?
To register or obtain more information on joining the
2006 PMTT or any individual Qualifiers, please visit them on the Web @
or call PMTT
Director, Tim Widlacki @ 815-264-3228
1st Place Randy Machtan & John Steckel 36.25", 36.25" & 44.50"
2nd Place Paul Parise & Mike Etzel 35.50", 38" & 43.50"
3rd Place Ty Sennet & Jodon Thompson 36.50" & 39.75"
4th Place Phil Gutman & Bob Blanke 38" & 35.50"
5th Place Duane Landmeier & Dana Smith 34" & 37.75"
6th Place Jeff Chinnock & Matt Pokela 46.25"
Saturday/event Big Fish Award Winner
7th Place Ron Haynes & Wally Prociuk 45.25"
Ranger Cup Winner
8th Place Chris Kawleski & Todd Radtke 44.75"
9th Place David Petschke & Victor Fox 43.50"
10th Place Jim Kelly & Judson Stover 43"
11th Place Chris & Ray Blicharz 42.50"
12th Place Josh Borovsky & Troy Zuelke 42.50"
13th Place John Newman & Bob Culbertson 42"
14th Place Scott Knusta & Tom Rozek 42"
15th Place Wayne Gutch & Bruce Pinske 41.75"
16th Place Ed Haagenson & Joe McCartin 41.25"
17th Place Doug Spangler & Brad Johnson 40.50"
18th Place Tom Ustaszewski & Ron Mazur 40.25"
19th Place Dave Dorazio & Jon Olstadt 40"
20th Place Brad Swenson & Kirk Allen 39.75"
21st Place Craig & Ryan Schlapper 38.5"
22nd Place Jimmy Barnes & Jerry Wilson 38.25"
23rd Place Steve Cady & Matt Beulke 38.25"
24th Place Todd Dahl & Jade Petty 37.75"
25th Place Mike Savitski & Charles Jourdan 37.25"
26th Place Chuck Schranz & Dick Palmquist 36"
27th Place Mike Heath & Tim Kelley 35.25"
28th Place Brad Schultz & Dan Hefty 34.25"
29th Place Gino & Eugene Carcioppolo 34"
36 total Muskies caught, 16 40"+, with 7 Tigers including the
46 1/4" Big Fish of the Tournament.