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Farm & City Insurance Big Fish Bash!
Cass Lake, Minnesota
August 24th & 25th, 2007

CLICK HERE for the 2007 Cass Lake Tournament Photo Album

Click Here for a complete list of Teams & Fish caught.

                                       Ranger Cup Winner                     Event Big Fish - 49 ½"                   Saturday Big Fish - 49"
                                    Jason Summers & Troy Bilbrey   Tom Ustazewski & George Benda       Joey Reed & Jim Barnes

Willberg & McSharry Win Farm & City Insurance's Big Fish Bash!
 In the driver's seat from start to finish

Final Results - PMTT Q-3 @ Cass Lake,MN August 24th & 25th, 2007

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Field safely released 23 fish - 16 Fri & 7 Sat - Event BIG FISH 49 ½ inches

FCIS – Big Fish Bash on Cass Lake Is All That!
Tournament Director
Tim Widlacki

Almost 200 anglers from 14 different states competed in the PMTT – Farm & City Insurance Services Big Fish Bash - on the world renowned Cass Lake on August 24th & 25th in north central Minnesota. An event sponsored by FCIS, Cass Lake is known for its exceptional musky fishing and always one of the top producers for big fish in the country and for the trail, this year was no exception.

Under mostly sunny skies with S.W. winds at 5 mph and air temps in the mid 70’s the muskies put on quite the showing as the anglers boated 23 during the two day event, with six of them being forty eight inches or longer. It was really across the board as muskies were caught everywhere and on almost every kind of bait. There really didn’t seem to be any one certain type of pattern going until everyone heard the post tournament interviews with the winners.

The team of Kirk Willberg and Sam McSharry both from the Bemidgi MN area caught three muskies of 45.50”, 45.50”, and 48.50”. They were the only team to triple and while many anglers cast traditional sized muskies baits at weed edges, reeds and flats, Willberg and McSharry cast bucktail over the cabbage beds.

Not wanting to pre-fish and burn any fish on their spots, they relied on past experience and their knowledge of the lake to come up with their attack. This turned out to be the hot pattern as quite a few of the top placing teams produced fish this same way. MacSharry and Willberg took home the first place hardware at the FCIS – Farm & City Insurance Services Big Fish Bash and a check for almost $14,000.

The team of Jason Summers & Troy Bilbrey both from the twin cities area, caught two fish of 49.50” and 43” on a new proto type lure called the Scorpion. This bait has been hot for them all year and they moved around a lot constantly in search of active fish as they caught each fish at different ends of the lake. They were also the Ranger Cup winners for an extra $1,000 for the highest placing registered Ranger Boat owner. This is amazingly, Jason Summers 6th time for winning the Ranger Cup. Their run and gun technique was good enough for second place honors and a check for $4500.

Jeff Anderson & Mike Crawford, both locals from the area, were able to catch two fish of 43” & 47” while also casting bucktails over cabbage beds to land them the third place trophies and a check for $3,000. Tom Ustazewski & George Benda from the south Chicago IL suburbs boated the big fish of the tournament at 49.50”. They worked the weed flats with Cowgirls and took home forth place trophies and just under $3,000 for their efforts.

Rounding out the top five is the team of Joey Reed & Jimmy Barnes. They fished up to the end on day two and boated big fish of the day at 49” which would place them in fifth place with around $2,000.

Present from Farm & City Insurance Services was Chris Higgins. She thanked everyone for being there and talked about the partnership between the PMTT and FCIS. Chris also explained to the folks that FCIS was not only a sponsor of the PMTT but that they support all types of fishing and that they have programs and policies to meet everyone expectations and needs.

Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked all of the PMTT’s incredibly fantastic sponsors, especially Farm & City Insurance Services for sponsoring the tournament. In addition Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Musky Hunter Magazine, Heckel's Marine, Keyes Outdoors Television, Rollie & Helens Musky Shop, Wildlife Energy Drink, Extreme Muskie Expo's, Crash's Landing, Morehead Tourism Commission, Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce, Village of Antioch & the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, all the Cass Lake area business that supported this event and all of the associate and contributing sponsors. 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, best and only truly National Professional Musky Circuit … the PMTT!

To obtain more information on becoming a member of the 2007 PMTT, results or to view event photo album, please visit them on the Web @ www.promusky.com or call the PMTT @: 815-478-4092
 

 

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