Musky Hunter Magazine Fall Meltdown
Lake Vermilion (*East
September 16th & 17th, 2006
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Lake Vermilion Tournament Photo Album
Ranger Cup Winner
Event Big Fish - 51" Sunday Big Fish - 48 ¼"
Steve Miljat & Dan Peckels Adam
Oberfoell & Clark Travis Steve Miljat
& Dan Peckels
Roerig Win Vermillion “Musky Hunter Magazine’s Fall Showdown”
Lost Hat Leads To Off The Beaten Path Pattern
Final Results - PMTT Q-4 @
Vermillion Lake, MN September 16th & 17th, 2006
By: Bob "the Fin-Addict" Osborne - PMTT PR/Media Director
The last qualifier of the 2006 Professional Musky Tournament Trail season- Musky
Hunter Magazine’s Fall Showdown- at northern Minnesota’s incredible Lake
Vermillion, September 16th & 17th, was marked by an unexpectedly slow bite that
amazingly saw only fifteen fish registered by the more than 225 top Musky
anglers gathered near Tower MN, all hoping to bring just one of the giant fish
known to prowl these vast waters to the boat, thus earning that coveted
invitation to the “Big Dance” …the exclusive PMTT Ranger Boats World
Championship this November on Illinois‘ Fox Chain; went home disappointed as
long-time Vermillion area Musky guide, Cotton Minnesota’s Dave Swenson, and Jim
Roerig, of nearby Embarrass, partnered their years of local on-water knowledge
and experience to safely release a pair of toothy beauties near the four foot
mark day one, 47-¼ & 48-½ inches, securing a narrow victory, the 1st Place Title
…and check for $13,460!
Bulging/burning bigger inline spinner baits/bucktails, cast tight against
wind-blown rocky shores, reefs and isolated humps were reportedly moving lots of
really big fish throughout the week into day one and was easily the dominate
pattern being employed; Swenson & Roerig opted for the calmer lee bays and
protected structure most anglers were avoiding thinking them devoid of decent
fish, after Jim’s hat blew off while pre-fishing the week before and he took
cover in one of these bays to warm up. “I threw a few casts in there and caught
a couple of nice fish pretty quickly, including a ‘dock fish‘, explained Roerig
as to how they decided upon the winning “calm water” pattern. We knew then that
we could get into areas that no one else was likely to be fishing, giving us a
better chance to keep on unpressured potential winning fish and it worked for
Dave and I this time.”
Adam Oberfoell and Travis Clark of Madison, WI. were also able to register two
fish on Day One, including the Saturday & Event $500 “Big Fish” award winner …a
hefty 51 incher taken off a popular wind-blown reef, but finding calmer areas
similar to those utilized by the winners and working them with a Lee Chopper top
water added a kicker 43-¼ inch musky that fell just short of the mark, garnering
them 2nd Place and $3,366. “We had another fish engulf the top water with only
minutes to go on the last day, laughed Oberfoell. It gave us some great
excitement for a second … before we saw that it was a big Smallmouth, dashing
our hopes of winning it all.”
Long-time PMTT member Dan Peckels from Pewaukee, WI. and partner Steve Miljat of
Milwaukee, used a black Weagle top water and previous experience here to move a
few quality musky and were able to register one of only two caught the last day;
Sunday’s 48-¼ inch $500 “Big Fish” award winner, taking 3rd Place and the $1,000
Ranger Cup Award as the highest placing registered Ranger Boat owner as well
While Touring Illinois Pros Ed Haagenson & Joe McCartin’s 10th Place finish with
a 41 1/2" was a nice position, even more important, it also secured them a spot
in the record books as the only team to have qualified for every Championship in
the PMTT’s eight-year history.
Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked the PMTT’s fantastic sponsors,
including Musky Hunter Magazine for sponsoring this event and being there from
the very beginning, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Eagle River Area Chamber of
Commerce and Visitors Center, Heckel's Marine, Keyes Outdoors Television, Rollie
& Helens Musky Shop, Extreme Muskie Expo's, Fortune Bay Casino, Crash's Landing,
The Village of Antioch Illinois, Morehead Tourism Commission and the Wisconsin
Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. Please let these fine folks
know that you appreciate their promotional efforts in support of freshwaters
most challenging fish … and those extreme anglers who chase her on the first and
only National Pro Musky Circuit … the PMTT!
To obtain more information on the 2007 PMTT, or to view event photo album,
please visit them on the Web @ http://www.promusky.com/ or call PMTT Director,
Tim Widlacki @: 815-478-4092
1st Place David Swenson & Jim Roerig - 48 ¼" & 47 ½"
2nd Place Adam Oberfoell & Clark Travis - 43 ¼" & 51"
Sat/Event Big Fish
3rd Place Steve Miljat & Dan Peckels - 48 ¼" Sunday Big Fish
& Ranger Cup Award
4th Place Ryan Carlisle & Ben Olsen - 44"
5th Place Dave Grochowski & Greg Thomas - 44"
6th Place Jerome Morris & Allen Pederson - 44"
7th Place James Reiter & Doug Batteau - 42 ¾"
8th Place Jeff Chastek & Rick Rosar - 42 ½"
9th Place Michael Keyes & Steve Genson - 41 ¾"
10th Place Ed Haagenson & Joe McCartin - 41 ½"
11th Place Tyler Maney & Ryan Bock - 41"
12th Place Jason Hamernick & Bob Nelson - 40 ¼"
13th Place Jeff Kozlowski & Eric Berquist - 40"
120 Team Field - safely released a total of 15 fish -
13Sat & 2Sun - Event BIG FISH 51-inches
Water 64-68 degrees / / Wx: Mostly cloudy, rain, gusty