details on the St. Louis River Event
Event Big Fish -
52.25" Sunday Big Fish -
Mark Lijewski & Clay Schroeder David
Brown & Scott Johnson
Final Results - PMTT Q-4 @ St. Louis River,
11th & 12th, 2010
Field safely released - 48 fish - Sat - 25 & Sun - 24 - EVENT BIG FISH - 52.25 inches
Majka & VanErt Win Musky Hunter's Fall Meltdown on St. Louis River, WI/MN
PMTT Press Release Editor,
The PMTT – Musky Hunter Magazine’s tournament at the
Superior, WI area by the Professional Musky Tournament Trail was a great
surprise. The not so much talked about St. Louis River showed its true colors in
a very large fashion. Forty nine muskies were registered by the anglers with at
least seventeen muskies over forty inches being caught and released.
The fishery has various areas to fish. The seven mile stretch
that was within tournament boundaries has a narrow area with weed beds on the
edges of the channel. The river then meanders north and widens. Other areas to
fish muskies had large shallow flats along with other structure such as bridges,
pilings and riprap. The river then flows into a basin called Superior Bay.
The field of anglers had to contend with high west winds both
days, which made boat control a challenge. Air temperatures were between fifty
and seventy degrees, with some drizzle in the morning turning to clear skies.
The water was sixty-four degrees which made the fish feed preparing for the long
The tournament was won by two Wisconsin anglers Jeremy VanErt
of Clintonville and Greg Majka of Wausau. The gentlemen caught an astounding
five muskies measuring 35.50, 40.75, 42.50, 44.50, and 44.75 inches. They
enticed the muskies with orange baits which included bulldawgs, jerk baits and
buck tails. The structure that muskies were holding on was the main river
channel where it came into a weed flat. The anglers took home the first place
trophies and over $7680 in cash.
Right on the winning teams heals in second place were Spencer
Berman of Spring Park MN and local fishing guide James Gotham of Superior WI.
They also caught five muskies that measured 38.25, 38.25, 38.75, 39.50 and
41.50.They found their muskies in isolated patches of cabbage and used a white
shallow invader, suicidal suckers and glide baits. The anglers found that their
fish would strike the bait as they would pause during the retrieve.
The third place winners caught three muskies that were37.50,
42.50 and 45.25 inches. Ross Korpela and John Adkins of Carlton, MN used cowgirl
lures pink in color to catch their fish. In fourth place with a 43 and 47.25
inch muskies were two twin cities Minnesota anglers Troy Zuelke and Josh
Borovsky. The two anglers mentioned that the fish they caught hit as the bait
was stalled during the retrieve also. They used phantom jerk bait and a top
raider in shallow weeds to catch their fish.
Rounding out the top five, in fifth place with muskies that
were 37.50 and 52.5 inches was Mark Lijewski and Clay Schroeder of Minoqua,
Wisconsin. Mark fished alone both days of the event and managed to net the big
fish of the day for Saturday. He used brown, black and orange bulldawgs and
cowgirls as his lure choice. The main thing he found was warmer water that
attracted muskies and bait fish to the area he was fishing. Mark and Clay are
currently the Top Gun Team of the Year anglers in the year standings. The big
fish of the day for Sunday was caught by David Brown of Ashland Wisconsin and
Scott Johnson of Racine Wisconsin. Their fish was caught on a bulldawg and
measured 46.50 inches.
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