120 Team Field - safely released 18 fish - 10 Sat &
8 Sun - Event BIG FISH 46 inches
Nitchoff Win PMTT on the Fox Chain!
The 2007 season couldn’t have started off any more exciting with the first
qualifier of the year for the Professional Musky Tournament Trail (PMTT).
Hosted by the Village of Antioch & the Antioch Chamber of Commerce on April
28th & 29th, 2007 with the Fox Chain of Lakes in Northeastern, Illinois
being the destination. 120 teams from 15 different states competed for
almost $45,000 in cash and prizes during the two day event.
The weather conditions were a little less then favorable with fronts rolling
through all week leading up to the event, followed by high skies during the
two days of competition. With SW winds from 10-20 mph and air temps in the
high 70’s, the anglers proceeded to register a total of 18 muskies during
the two day event. Small baits worked through shallow water that was
carrying temps into the mid fifties seemed to be the key.
The team of Tim Ehrhardt of Hinsdale, IL. & Constantine Nitchoff of Lemont,
IL. fished shallow, 2 to 4 feet of water in search of active fish. After
being skunked on day one, Ehrhardt & Nitchoff changed their presentation
over to small walleye sized minnow baits and jerkbaits and caught two fish
of 35 ½” & 38”. “We down sized, went shallow and worked the baits fast and
very erratic”, stated Ehrhardt. Constantine continued, “We twitched and
jerked the baits as erratic as we could to try and get the neutral fish into
hitting”. Their two fish were more then enough to capture the win and a
check for over $18,000.00
In second place were locals Phil Gutmann & Ron Haynes who also worked the
skinny water with small crankbaits to boated two fish both at exactly 35 ¼”
each, which gave them the lead after day one. Though they didn’t register a
fish on the second day of the event, their two fish were good enough for
them to take second place, an extra $1,000 for winning the Ranger Cup and a
total of $5,560.00 for the event.
Third place went to John Fisler from MN & Dennis Sweeney of Coal City, IL.
who boated the biggest fish of the event. Their 46 inch fish that ate a
spinnerbait was very fat and probably approaching the 30 lbs. mark. For
their efforts they took home the third place trophies and a check totaling
Fourth place was taken by the team of Chris Syslo & Steve Tescky who caught
the day two big fish of 45 inches and a check for $2,780. Following next in
fifth place were a local team, brothers Chris & Eric Burseth. They boated a
very heavy 43 ½ inch musky on a jig and took hook nearly $2,000 for their
Jason Parsons of Ranger Boats was present to speak on behalf of the sponsor.
“New model innovations, new facilities, Ranger Cup Program and long time
relationship in support of and helping to grow the PMTT are proof positive
that Ranger Boats is way more than just the best built fiberglass boat
available today… they are our partners in ensuring a brighter angling future
for all of us”, stated Parsons.
Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked all of the PMTT’s incredibly
fantastic sponsors, especially the Village of Antioch & the Antioch Chamber
of Commerce for hosting the event. In addition Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine,
Farm & City Insurance Services, Musky Hunter Magazine, Eagle River Area
Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, Heckel's Marine, Keyes Outdoors
Television, Rollie & Helens Musky Shop, Wildlife Energy Drink, Extreme
Muskie Expo's, Crash's Landing, Morehead Tourism Commission. 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, or to view
event photo album, please visit them on the Web @ www.promusky.com or call
PMTT Director, Tim Widlacki @: 815-478-4092