Cave Run Lake - Kentucky
April 5th & 6th, 2008
Nash & Ebersole Win
Southern Shootout on Cave Run Lake!
timer helps to end slump at the Cave!
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Teams that caught fish
details on the Cave Run Lake Event
Ranger Cup Winner
Event Big Fish - 47
Sunday Big Fish - 45"
Final Results - PMTT Q-1 @
Cave Run Lake, KY April 5th & 6th,
James Stella & Ty Sennett Nick Cammarta &
Rob Frechette Gary Treadway & Dan Newman
Field safely released 25 fish - 18
Sat & 7 Sun - Event BIG FISH 47
Nash & Ebersole
Capture a PMTT - 1st at the Cave!
The beginning of the 2008 season and 10 year anniversary of the Professional
Musky Tournament Trail (PMTT) couldn’t have started out more exciting. The PMTT
chose to kick the season off right where they ended it last year on Cave Run
Lake, Ky. Hosted by the Morehead Tourism Commission and with more then 200
anglers from 12 different states registered to compete on April 5th & 6th, the
anglers had to battle a variety of challenges, with most of them caused by
The weather conditions were less then favorable with large storms bringing heavy
rains through the area for two days preceding the event. The rising water was
coffee colored in many areas, which put visibility at about six inches to a
foot. With cloudy skies on the first day and air temps in the low fifties
followed by high skies and seventies on day two, the anglers managed to register
25 fish during the two day event. With water temps in the high forties, rattle,
twitch and spinnerbaits in bright colors seemed to be the ticket.
The team of Kevin Nash of Aurora, IL and Josh Ebersole of Oswego, IL. knew what
they were going to do. They fished shallow and tight to shore in search of
active fish. They cast Jakes and worked them back erratically to the boat. “With
the water rising over four feet during the tournament, we tried to keep the bait
tight to shore” stated Nash. Nash continued, “With the water rising so fast, it
was clearest next to shore”. They cast right up next to shore and worked the
baits as hard and erratic as they could. “We were trying to trigger them in the
clearest water we could find”, stated Ebersole.
Nash and Ebersole were definitely on to a pattern. They were the only team to
catch three fish and it was enough to catapult them into first place for the
event. They are also the Mercury Bonus Bucks winners for an additional $500 to
go along with their trophies and a first place check totaling $15,500!
Coming in second was the team of Nick Cammarata of Cary, IL and Rob Frechette of
Winthrop Harbor, IL with two fish on consecutive casts of 38” and 47” with the
ladder also being big fish for the tournament. They too were working tight to
the newly changing shorelines, but with rattletraps. Camarata & Frechette scored
the 38 incher first with about one hour left on day one and caught the 47” fish
on the very next cast. This would be good enough for the lead after day one, but
blanking on day two would move them out of the top spot but still more then
strong enough for second and over $4200.
Third place went to James Reiter & Cesar Saucedo, both from Illinois with a very
heavy 45 inch fish. The big girl ate a spinnerbait worked slowly through the
shallow water timber in the back of a cove. For their efforts they took home the
third place trophies and a check totaling $2,700.
Fourth place was taken by the team of Gary Treadway & Danny Newman who caught the
day two big fish of 45 inches trolling and a check for almost $2,375. Following
next in fifth place is a local team of Dwayne Dillon & Jason Hamm. They boated a
very heavy 43 inch musky on a spinnerbait and took hook nearly $1,600 for their
The winner of the $1,000 Ranger Cup was Jim Stella and his partner Ty Sennett,
who boated two fish of 30” & 31.75” and also took home the eighth place honors.
On hand to speak to the crowd was Terri Alderman, Executive Director for the
Morehead Tourism Commission. Terri addressed the crowd and spoke about how happy
tourism was too have everyone there and that the entire community is excited
when the PMTT and its anglers come to town. The PMTT is equally excited to be
there as Morehead and Cave Run Lake is the only place the PMTT has held a
tournament in each of its first ten years.
Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked all of the PMTT’s incredibly fantastic
sponsors, especially the Morehead Tourism Commission for hosting the event. In
addition Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Musky Hunter Magazine, Eagle River Area
Chamber of Commerce, Heckel's Marine, Keyes Outdoors Television, Rollie & Helens
Musky Shop, Shelbyville Tourism, Wildlife Energy Drink, Extreme Muskie Expo's,
Bemidji, Crash's Landing and all 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 2008 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