details on the Eagle River Chain Event
Event Big Fish - 48.5"
Sunday Big Fish - 43"
Mike Pecosky & Tony Puccio
Mike Pecosky & Tony Puccio
Results - PMTT Q-2 @ Eagle River Chain,
WI June 25th & 26th, 2011
Field safely released - 42 fish -
Sat 23 & 19 Sun - Event BIG FISH - 48.5 inches
Pecosky & Puccio
Win PMTT - Mercury Marine Event
PMTT Press Release Editor,
A warm front and stable weather
made the fish turn on for the second qualifier of the 2011 Professional Musky
Tournament Trail, Mercury Marine’s Summer Challenge that was held on the Eagle
River Chain in Northeast Wisconsin on June25-26. There were 98 boats entered in
this annual event that is hosted by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce.
Under bright skies & temperatures in the high 70’s, the anglers registered 42
muskies up to 48.50” during the tournament. The PMTT Mercury Marine Summer
Challenge was won by the team of Mike Pecosky of Oregon Wisconsin and Tony
Puccio from the same area, a team that used a normally unconditional way of
Puccio & Pecosky fished 8- 10
feet of water where a long point came out from an underwater hump that extended
towards the shoreline. The two ripped the small crank baits through suspended
bait fish and newly developing scattered cabbage weed beds. Pecosky & Puccio
also used smaller diameter line that was 30 pound strength but the size of 8
pound mono on spinning gear to get their small 3” crank baits down deep enough
into the bait fish and weeds. The anglers fought the fish slowly because of the
small hooks and light tackle that they were using. The muskies that were 48.50
and 43.00 inches in length were also the big fish of the day for both Saturday
and Sunday. The triumphant team took home the first place hardware and over
$15,000 in cash.
In second place were two anglers
from Illinois, Dennis Sweeney of Coal City and Dewey Stewart of Pawnee. The two
gentlemen cast copper and black bucktails while holding the boat in 10-12 feet
of water and casting to a 4 foot deep main lake weedbed.. The two anglers came
upon a spot late on Saturday that they had never fished on the chain and lost
two fish that they had on. They returned to the spot on Sunday and caught three
muskies measuring 40.50”, 39.50”, and 34.00” and took home the 2nd
place trophies and a check for more than $3,500.
In third Place were Ryan Bock
and Tim Rutzen of Three Lakes, WI. The two local angler’s casted small
chartreuse and fire tiger colored baits in shallow water while moving the baits
fast to entice their fish of 41.25” & 38”. In Fourth Place was Jerome Morris of
Minneapolis, MN. and Jake Bucki of Medford, WI. The muskies that the two anglers
boated were 39.25” and 33.25”. The two men used Double Dawg lures, allowing them
to sink to the bottom and then ripping them out of the weeds to trigger strikes.
Rounding out the top five was Chad Popp of Wausau, WI. and Brent Kiedrowski of
Minocqua, WI. The anglers used Bulldawgs in walleye color to entice their fish
of 42.75” & 31.75”.
Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked all of the PMTT’s
fantastic sponsors, especially Mercury Marine and the Eagle River Area Chamber
of Commerce. Also thanks to Ranger Boats, Chaos Tackle, the Morehead Tourism
Commission, Musky Hunter Magazine, Keyes Outdoors Television, Rollie & Helens
Musky Shop, Musky Mayhem Tackle, Crash's Landing, Birch Villa Resort 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, or to view
event photo album, please visit them on the Web @ www.promusky.com or call PMTT
office @: 815-478-4092