Mercury Marine's Summer
Eagle River, Wisconsin
21st & 22nd, 2008
Mercury's Summer Challenge on Eagle River Chain!
A Come From Behind
Finish Is TWICE As Nice!
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Teams that caught fish
details on the Eagle River Chain Event
Ranger Cup Winner
Event Big Fish - 40"
Sunday Big Fish -
Jeff Kozlowski & Eric Berquist Roland Schneider & Tom Rizzo
Ron & Rich Weidner
Final Results - PMTT Q-3 @ Eagle River Chain, WI
June 21st & 22nd,
Wojtusik Win PMTT Mercury Marine Event.
The third leg of the 2008 ten year anniversary season of the PMTT,
“Mercury Marine’s Summer Challenge” was held June 21st & 22nd on the
Eagle River Chain of Lakes in northeastern Wisconsin. The more then
200 anglers that had registered to compete from 12 different states
were in for a tough bite. The Eagle River chain, known throughout
the fishing world for its over abundance of muskies has been very
stingy this whole year so far and this event was no different. The
weather had been very inconsistent leading up to the tournament.
Basically, the water temps and local conditions were about three
weeks behind and the fishing was tough.
The team of Dan and Mike Wojtusik, local brothers from the area know
this water well. They won this PMTT event two years ago in 2006 and
are almost always on the board every year during this event. “This
water has been very good to us over the years”, stated Dan. Under
mostly sunny skies and temps around the seventy degree mark, the
Wojtusiks put on a show and registered three fish during the
tournament. Place in the fact that there were only 17 muskies caught
during the two day event makes this even more impressive.
“The first day we worked fast, throwing white spinnerbaits at
weedbeds and covered water, stated Mike. The Wojtusiks boated one
fish on day one, but changed their presentations for the second day.
“On day two we really slowed it down and cast weighted suicks, a
jerk bait that we could pause for a long time after pulls. We would
pull and just wait and wait. And then jerk a couple more times and
wait again”, stated Dan. They fished off the breaklines in deeper
water trying to target schools of baitfish and their unique
presentation, patience and efforts paid off. They were the only team
to catch three muskies of 35”, 38.50” & 39” and take home over
$15,000 and the first place trophies.
Coming in second was the team of James Reiter of Vernon Hills, IL,
part of a team that won this event last year and his partner Cesar
Saucedo also from IL. They were the only other team to catch at
least two muskies during the event. They caught one each day of the
tournament but were unable to score a third fish to have a shot at
the win. They worked small baits at the creek mouths and took home
the second place hardware and almost $4,000 in cash for their
Third place went to Tom Rizzo from Loves Park, IL. and Roland
Schneider from WI. They caught a 40” musky, the biggest fish of the
tournament on Saturday casting bass size baits to lead after day
one, but were unable to hookup on Sunday. They took home over
$3,200. In fourth place were Ron and Rich Weidner, a father & son
team from Spring Grove, IL. with the day two big fish of 39.25” and
a check for almost $2,400. Rounding out the top five was the winners
of the prestigious Ranger Cup award for an additional $1,000 and a
total of $2,600 to the team of Jeff Kozlowski and Eric Berquist,
both from IL. with a 38.75” fish.
On hand to speak to the crowd was Steve Lindahl, from Ranger Boats.
“New model innovations, a Ranger Cup Program that has paid out
nearly 4 million dollars and long time relationship in support of
and working with great organizations like 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 Lindahl.
Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked all of the PMTT’s
incredibly fantastic sponsors, especially Mercury Marine for their
continued support and for sponsoring the event. Also, the Eagle
River Area Chamber of Commerce and all of their sponsors for hosting
the event. In addition Ranger Boats, Musky Hunter Magazine, Lake
Shelbyville Tourism, Heckel's Marine, Keyes Outdoors Television,
Rollie & Helens Musky Shop, Morehead Tourism Commission, 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 PMTT, results or to view event photo
album, please visit them on the Web @ www.promusky.com or call the
PMTT @: 815-478-4092