Event Big Fish - 47.75" Saturday Big Fish - 47"
Keith & Ken Krejci
Jason Baratka & Markus Malyuk
Results - PMTT Q-2 @ Eagle River Chain,
WI June 23rd & 24th, 2012
Field safely released - 87 fish A New
PMTT Record - 57 Sat & 30 Sun -
EVENT BIG FISH - 47.75 inches
Record Set at PMTT – Mercury Marine Event in Eagle River.
PMTT Press Release Editor,
Perfect weather and water conditions for a musky fisherman turned
the muskies on June 23 and 24 in the PMTT Mercury Marine`s Summer
Challenge on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes in Eagle River,
Wisconsin. Mother Nature yielded a water temperature around 74
degrees which is prime for feeding muskies and air temps also in the
She started out the day Saturday with partly cloudy skies yielding
to rain with a few thunderstorms mixed in. Sunday was a touch of
mist in the morning, changing to partly cloudy and then mostly
sunny. All of this brewed together made for some very exciting
fishing conditions for musky nuts. The fish were on a mission as
this was the best fishing event for registered muskies in the 14yr
history of the PMTT! There were a total of 87 muskies caught and
released by the 88 teams registered to compete.
James Reiter and Ric Cummings (both of Vernon Hills, IL) stood in
fourth place on day one with two muskies they knew they had their
work cut out for them. The cold front was coming and the fish
normally are not very active after that. The two anglers adjusted
their pattern from Saturday that was fishing shallow 1-4 feet to
move out a little deeper water off the weed edge on a point with
incoming water in 6-9 feet to catch 4 more muskies. This decision
propelled them to the win as the two anglers ended up registering 6
muskies total up to 43.75 inches. Cummings and Reiter used Rizzo Wiz
lures to entice their muskies and take home two beautiful trophies
and a prize package worth more than $12,500. Ironically the two
anglers won the 2007 PMTT event at Eagle River using the same
technique. You know what they say if it is not broken don't fix it
and these two gentlemen took that saying right to the bank.
In 2nd Place were Keith and Ken Krejci of Wausau, WI. These two
anglers used three different types of baits (Rubber, Crank baits and
a Buck tail) in many different areas to contact their fish. The
Krejci` s fish were 36.75, 41.50 and a 47.75 inch musky that was the
Big Fish of the day for Sunday, which earned the two anglers a total
of $3,625 for their accomplishments.
In 3rd Place were Jason Baratka of Phillips, WI and Marcus Malyuk of
Marshfield, WI who used buck tails and Bull dawg lures in shallow
weeds near shore. The two anglers caught 33, 33.50, 36.25 and a 47
inch which was the Big Fish of the day for Saturday earning the pair
a total of $2,750.
In 4th Place were Steve Weyers (Stevens Point, WI.) and Aaron
Techlin ( Appleton, WI.) with muskies that were 30.25, 32, 38.25 and
42 inches. Theses two anglers technique was to move around quickly
and cover water while casting bucktails in and around weed beds.
Rounding out the top 5 from Hilliard, Ohio is the father and son
team of Doug and John Dibble. The two anglers caught their muskies
in a 12’-15’ trough on Cranberry Lake. They used fire tiger and also
orange colored Bucher tail shallow raider crank baits.
All in all it was an incredible tournament and weekend. The Eagle
River Area Chamber of Commerce, who host the event, and the entire
Eagle River community really hold no strings back on rolling out the
red carpet. Not only to the PMTT and their musky fishermen but to
all anglers in general that come there to enjoy the fishing and
adventures in their area.
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 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!
The PMTT will be visiting Walker, Minnesota and the famous Leech
Lake in August. If you would like to participate in the event give
us a call or contact us as seen below.
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