Cave Run Lake - Kentucky
April 17th & 18th, 2010
Wells & Schneider Win
Southern Shootout on Cave Run Lake!
Trolling Pattern Pays Off
and Earns Them Their Second 1st Place Finish!
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Ranger Cup Winner Event Big Fish - 48 Sunday Big Fish -
Russell Schneider & James Wells Anthony Smith & Joey
Reed Brian Clepper & Chuck Smida
Final Results - PMTT Q-1 @
Cave Run Lake, KY April
17th & 18th, 2010
Field safely released - 36 fish - 25
Sat & 11 Sun - Event BIG FISH - 48 inches
Schneider & Russell Win PMTT Southern Shootout at Cave Run
PMTT Press Release Editor,
The Morehead Kentucky Tourism
Commission, southern hospitality and sunny skies all made the first qualifier of
the 2010 Professional Musky Tournament Trail an awesome event. With over 160
anglers from all over the country visiting Cave Run Lake on April 17th &18, the
anglers caught and released 36 muskies up to 48 in length.
There was a steady weather
pattern during the days before the big tournament. This brought clear water
conditions which most anglers prefer. But heading into the evening before, a
small cold front blew through dropping water and air temperatures a bit. This
left the anglers wondering how the muskies would react to the change. The answer
was the fish may have gotten a more active.
The anglers competing fish
different water and weather conditions all across the country which prepares
them for different challenges that occur, so someone no doubt figures out a
pattern. This held true as two gentlemen who have had some success at Cave Run
over the years connected on 3 muskies ranging in size from 32, 37 and 38. The
anglers Russell Schneider of Harrison, Ohio and James Wells of Walton, Kentucky
won first place by trolling crank baits under schooled up bait fish. Then as
they thought their baits were going under and through the bait the anglers would
let off on the boats throttle and allow their lures to float up a bit into the
bait fish and then hit the throttle again which caused a reaction from the
muskies to strike the bait. Two muskies fell to this pattern and one other fish
was caught casting doing the same thing. The anglers were using AC Baits in shad
and nine dollar bass colors. Many anglers on the lake said that they heard a
celebratory loud elated person yelling Yahoo after the last fish was caught. Can
you blame him for being excited? The reward for their efforts was two beautiful
trophies and over $12,600.00.
of $2,900.00 was won by Clay Schroeder and Mark Lijewski of Minocqua, Wisconsin.
These two anglers are not strangers to placing high in muskie tournaments. They
are very persistent and intelligent anglers. The two anglers caught muskies that
were 31.25, 36 and 37.50. Their technique was casting deeper weed edges and
timber edges with green jerk baits. Most of their strikes came right at boat
side. Talk about exciting the thrill of a boat side strike will keep you on your
went to Josh Borovsky of Crystal, MN and Troy Zuelke of Watertown, MN. The
muskies that they measured were 36 and 37.50. The two fishermen were using
white and silver spinner bait and a fire tiger crank bait to entice their fish.
Fourth Place went to two local Kentucky anglers Bill Burns of Olive Hill and
David Tate of West Liberty.
These guys had a real good pattern going all week. The two had really nice fish
located that they caught prior to the tournament. The pattern held true during
the two day event they landed two muskies that were 36.25.
Rounding out the top five were
Anthony Smith of Powell County Kentucky and Joey Reed of Montgomery County in
Kentucky. Their team caught a beautiful upper 20 pound 48 musky that was also
the big fish of the tournament. The fish was caught off of a deep point casting
a blue and white Deep Invader crankbait. The Saturday big Fish of the day went
to Brian Clepper of Circle Pines, MN and Chuck Snyder of Cambridge, MN who
landed a tank at 46.
Tournament Director Tim
Widlacki thanked all of the PMTTs incredibly fantastic sponsors, especially the
Morehead Tourism Commission and the entire community of Morehead, Ky for their
continued support and for hosting the event. In addition Ranger Boats, Mercury
Marine, Musky Hunter Magazine, Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce, Keyes
Outdoors Television, Rollie & Helens Musky Shop, Musky Mayhem Tackle, Crash's
Landing, Chaos Tackle, Superior-Douglas County Chamber, Barkers Island Inn,
Comfort Inn, the Musky Shop 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 Musky Tournament Musky Circuit, the PMTT.
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