Mercury Marine's Summer
Eagle River, Wisconsin
27th & 28th, 2009
Regenfuss Win PMTT Mercury Marine Event!
Make A Charge On The Last Day & Come Out On Top!
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Eagle River Tournament Photo Album
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Teams that caught fish
details on the Eagle River Chain Event
Ranger Cup Winner Event Big Fish -
44.25" Saturday Big Fish -
Tom Olsen & Nick Cammereta Steve Pekarek & Ryan
Reynolds Dale & Don Drew
Final Results - PMTT Q-3 @ Eagle River Chain, WI
June 27th & 28th,
Field safely released 37 fish - 27
Sat & 10 Sun - Event BIG FISH -
Regenfuss Win PMTT Mercury Marine Event
Press Release Editor PMTT
The third qualifying event of the 2009 Professional Musky Tournament Trail –
Mercury Marine’s Summer Challenge was held on the beautiful Eagle River
Chain in Eagle River, Wisconsin June 27th & 28th. There were over 200
enthusiastic anglers registered to compete in the Mercury Marine sponsored
event. The chain is known for a very good population of muskies and yielded
37 muskies in this year’s event. The weather leading up to the event was
filled with high pressure systems and hot weather. That all changed on
Saturday when Mother Nature brought in low pressure rain and ideal fishing
conditions. This caused the fish to turn on, though Sunday turned out to be
a little slower bite with sunny conditions and winds picking up into the 30
M.P.H. range making boat control and lure presentation a challenge. As
always, a lot of anglers figured out a good pattern to net some muskies.
Rob Manthei of St. Germain, WI and Andy Regenfuss who happen to be
brother-in-laws were fishing their first PMTT ever and won it. The two
anglers have fished the chain often. The location the anglers were in was on
deep weed edges and rock bar edges at about 12 feet. The team used bulldawg
lures, letting them sink to the bottom and pumping their baits keeping in
close proximity to the bottom as their presentation.
Manthei & Regenfuss managed to catch and release muskies that were 34.50”,
37.75” & 40” and ended up also winning the Mercury Marine’s Bonus Bucks
Award for an additional $500, the first place hardware and over $14,000 for
the first place win. Congratulations to them on a fine job.
Coming in a close second place were Nick Cammeretta of Cary, IL and Tom
Olsen of Northern, IL. These two phenomenal musky anglers used a lure
presentation of slow rolling bucktails on deeper weed lines. The two
fishermen were also the Ranger Cup winners for the event for an
additional$1,000 bonus. Fish sizes for Olsen and Cammeretta were 34”, 35.50”
& 37.50” as they took home over $4,500.
Third place was taken by two Geneva Illinois Residents Ryan Reynolds and
Steve Pekarek. The two anglers used buck tails near cabbage in less than 6
feet of water to coax musky that were a 34.75” and a beautifully marked
44.25” hybrid tiger musky Big Fish of the tournament and $2,900
Fourth Place was won by Eric (Bartlett, IL) and Chris Burseth (Crystal Lake,
IL). The two brothers caught their muskies on buldawg lures also. The
brother tandem fished deep weed edges to coax two muskies into their net.
The fish were a 38” & 39”. Rounding out the top five places for fifth was
Ben Diamond of Antioch, IL and Steve Huylk of McHenry, IL. The two anglers
caught and released muskies of 38.50” & 35.75”. They used bucktails in 7-8
feet of water for their success.
Steve Lindahl from Ranger boats was on hand and spoke to all of the anglers
about some new upcoming boat ideas for 2010. “What a great partnership
Ranger Boats and the PMTT have had over the years and I see a bright and
incredible future together. Ranger Boats will be introducing some new
redesign to the Fisherman series in 2010 and as always will keep on building
these legends one at a time”, stated Lindahl.
Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked all of the PMTT’s fantastic
sponsors, especially the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce does every
year on hosting this event and to all of the local Eagle River area
sponsors. Also to Mercury Marine for sponsoring not only this event but for
supporting the entire 2009 PMTT trail. In addition Ranger Boats, Musky
Hunter Magazine, Keyes Outdoors Television, Rollie & Helens Musky Shop,
Musky Mayhem Tackle, Crash's Landing, Chaos Tackle, Morehead Kentucky
Tourism Commission 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!
If anyone is interested in entering the last PMTT Qualifying event on the
St. Croix River on the Minnesota and Wisconsin border near Hudson. Please
contact the PMTT as noted below. To obtain more information on becoming a
member of the 2009 PMTT, or to view event photo album, please visit them on
the Web @ www.promusky.com or call PMTT office @: 815-478-4092