The Professional Musky Tournament Trail started their 21st season April 13th &14th on Cave Run Lake, Kentucky, an annual tournament hosted by Morehead Tourism. The lake level was dropping to near normal pool after heavy early spring rains and water temps in the mid to upper fifties. Fred Lederer and Philip Cummings of Toledo, Ohio were sitting in fourth place on Saturday with a 41.5" musky. The two anglers knew they needed another quality fish and continued to troll with confidence on Sunday when the bait clicker went off and they netted the big fish for the day with a fat 44.5" musky. Cummings and Lederer were using six and ten-inch orange Ziggy crank baits while trolling 3.5 mph through baitfish pods in fifteen to twenty feet of water. Lederer and Cummings success during the tough bite was good for a check worth $12,500 for a first-place finish and two beautiful trophies.
Saturday’s weather was beautiful, partly sunny, light winds and 82 degrees, while Sunday saw 68 degrees with a cold front moving through and cloudy skies in the morning, then sunny and windy later in the day. The team of Tim and Brian Barker, brothers from Morehead, Kentucky came in 2nd with two of the 32 muskies that were registered, with a 36.75” and 47.5” musky. The 47.5” musky was big fish of the day for Saturday for an extra $500 dollars and another $250 dollar for the Musky Hunter Magazine Big Fish bonus. The two brothers caught their muskies jigging white Bondy baits in a current area with plenty of shad on the first break line.
In third place was Mike Keyes of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and Bryan Schaeffer of Tomahawk, Wisconsin with muskies that were 33.75" and 37". The two anglers were casting Team Rhino custom painted Phantom jerk baits that were white and orange to entice their muskies. In Fourth Place was Nick Adams and Shane Horsley of Vanceburg, Kentucky, these two fishermen used shad colored Bulldawgs in deeper water to catch their muskies. Rounding out the top five in fifth place with 34" and 35" muskies caught on white Lake X Toads was Chris Riebe of South Elgin, Illinois and Matt Scheinder of Tower, Minnesota. The two anglers were fishing shallow water close to deep water near the dam area using a pull and then pause presentation.
After our event Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked the Morehead Tourism for their continued support in hosting this annual event. Also, the official sponsor of this years Cave Run event, Vitaminerals. He also thanked all the major sponsors of the PMTT, including Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Musky Hunter Magazine, Keyes Outdoors, Feldstein’s Jewelers, Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Chaos Tackle and all the other Associate and Contributing Sponsors to the PMTT. Please let these fine people know that you appreciate their promotional efforts in support of fresh waters most challenging fish and those extreme anglers who chase her on the first, best and only truly national professional musky tournament circuit, the PMTT.
Sign up today for the PMTT $50K Mega Tournament on September 13th, 14th & 15th, 2019. Our next event will be The Mercury Marine Summer Challenge in Eagle River, WI on June 22nd & 23rd, 2019. To obtain more information on becoming a member of the PMTT or to view our event photo albums, please visit them on the web at www.promusky.com or call the PMTT office at 815-478-4092
31 Muskies Caught & Released
Saturday - 16
Sunday - 15
Saturday & Musky Hunter Big Fish - 47.5" caught by the team of Brian & Tim Barker
Sunday Big Fish - 44.5" caught by the team of Lederer & Cummings
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Perfect weather greeted the Professional Musky Tournament Trail (PMTT) anglers to the Mercury Marine Summer Challenge on June 22nd & 23rd with a bit of sunshine changing to clouds and then Sunday cloudy most of the day making for perfect musky fishing weather. People say there is luck involved in fishing, and maybe sometimes that may be the case. When the teams that placed in first and second place are consistently in the top ten at this annual event hosted by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce you can forget about the luck.
This was the case again in this year’s PMTT Mercury Marine`s Summer Challenge tournament on June 22 and 23 on the Eagle River Chain of lakes. The first-place team of Nate Osfer of Marathon City, WI. and Matt Raley of Minoqua, WI. and the second-place team of Ben Michlig of Minoqua, WI. and Matt Michlig of Milwaukee, WI. have either won the event or placed in the top ten several times. Both teams know the water very well. Osfer and Raley won over $18,000 with the two beautiful rings from Feldstrein Jeweler’s and the huge 1st place trophies after catching four muskies measuring 37, 36.25, 36 and 33.50 inches.
The two anglers were using three different baits, Medussas, X-Toads and a bucktail on three different lakes. Osfer and Raley caught three of the muskies on the weed edge and one on top of the weeds. The two anglers said that they did not have any following fish, every fish they caught were the only ones that bit. The Michligs that came in second place caught three muskies measuring 43.25, 37 and 30 inches. The Michligs were using X- Toads and Medussas in and around cabbage beds to entice their muskies.
The third-place finishers are the father and son team from Ashland, Kentucky, Darrel and Lance Seasor. The Seasor`s caught four muskies 34, 33.50, 32.50 and 31 inches between 11:30 and 12:00 in a 30-minute window while trolling 4.5 miles per hour 6-8 feet down in 12 feet of water on crankbaits. In fourth place Jason Walls of Chillicothe, Ohio and Wyan Chuckbanboun of Columbus, Ohio caught three muskies that were 36.75, 34.50 and 30.75 inches while trolling white and green Slammer crankbaits in open water. Rounding out the top five in fifth place was Tony Stubbs of Middletown, Ohio and Rick Busalacchi of Waukesha, WI. caught 39- and 39.50-inch muskies.
Big Fish of the event a 45.25 was caught by local angler Jared Adomovich of Eagle River with his partner Clayton Spiess also of Eagle River, WI. the musky was caught on a white Seaductress bait. Big fish for Sunday was a 44-inch musky caught by Al Gould and Andrew Willemsen of Minnetonka, MN. On a DK crankbait. 54 muskies were caught in the event and as always, the anglers all had a great time because of the incredible hospitality from everyone in Eagle River.
Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked all the PMTT`s fantastic sponsors, especially Mercury Marine for sponsoring the tournament and the entire trail. Also, the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting the event and the great hospitality they have given us every year. Also, Ranger Boats, Musky Hunter Magazine, Keyes Outdoors, MotorGuide, Chaos Tackle, Vitaminerals, Feldstrein Jeweler’s, Morehead Tourism and all the associate and contributing sponsors. Please let these fine people know that you appreciate their promotional efforts in support of freshwater's most challenging fish and those extreme anglers who chase her on the first, best and only truly national Professional Musky Tournament Trail circuit, the PMTT.
Sign up today for the PMTT $50K Mega Tournament on September 13th, 14th & 15th, 2019. Our next event will be the Musky Hunter Magazine`s Summer Bash on Lake Minnetonka, MN August 9th and 10th, 2019. To obtain more information on becoming a member of the PMTT, or to view event photo album, please visit us on the web at www.promusky.com or call the PMTT office at 815-478-4092.
54 Muskies Caught & Released
Saturday - 34
Sunday - 20
Saturday & Musky Hunter Big Fish - 45.25" caught by the team of Adamovich & Spiess
Sunday Big Fish - 44" caught by the team of Gould & Willemsen
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On August 9th & 10th the final qualifying event of the year for the 2019 Professional Musky Tournament Trail season, the Musky Hunter Magazine’s Late Summer Showdown, was held on Lake Minnetonka. The field of anglers were very excited to fish this large body of water that has a reputation for producing muskies that can get into the mid fifty-inch class.
Stable weather the weeks prior to the event made for good fishing and nice tournament results. Friday`s weather of sunny skies forced the anglers to fish the deeper water weed edges. Saturday was perfect musky weather with cloudy skies, light wind and a few storms moving through the area. There were 24 muskies caught on Friday and 17 caught on Sunday for a total of 41 muskies caught by the 93 boats registered to compete in the tournament.
Several teams caught multiple big fish, which is what you expect on big fish waters like Minnetonka. The winning team of Jason Hamernick of Naples, Fl and John Hoyer a local of the Lake Minnetonka area have lived near Lake Minnetonka for many years and their familiarity plus experience showed well on the water. Hamernick and Hoyer had only four fish hit during the two-day event and where able to land all four muskies amongst a field that acknowledged losing a lot of nice fish.
On day one Hamernick & Hoyer caught two muskies fishing deep weeds. On day two, with a change in weather conditions, they decided to try shallower weeds. Being a shorter fishing day and the shallow weeds not producing anything they thought they would go back to what worked for them on day one, the deeper weeds. On the way to the spots that worked the day before, they passed a spot that had produced in the past and decided to give it a try.
They pulled up on the spot and on his very first cast Hamernick hooked into a 52.75” monster, that was also the Event Big Fish. They released the fish and while Hamernick was filling out the paperwork for the tournament, Hoyer finished changing his bait and made his first cast on the spot and a 43 incher nailed his bait and was enough to put them in the lead for good. The experience they have compiled over the years helped them to win over a $12,000 and two beautiful trophies.
Their muskies measured 41.50”, 43”, 44.50” and 52.75”, an awesome catch in any musky tournament. Hamernick and Hoyer mentioned that their technique involved three different lures, a Bull Dawg, a Poseidon and a Rippin’ Dawg, which they worked down the deep weed edge in 24’ to 30’ of water. They worked their baits in a very nonaggressive manner. Hoyer and Hamernick were also the winners of the coveted Ranger Boats Cup for an additional $1,000, which is awarded to any Ranger Boat owners that are registered and win any of the qualifying tournaments.
In second place were Nate Osfer of Marathon City, WI and Matt Raley of Arbor Vitae, Wi. These two anglers used bulldawgs along the deep weed edge in 24’ to 30’ of water using short pulls on the bait while casting down the weed edge. Osfer and Raley`s muskies measured 34”, 39”, 40” and 44.50”. In third place Scott Bugalskiof Oconomowoc, WI. and Ben Peterson of Pewaukee, WI. used walleye colored bulldawgs lures down the deep weed edge while ripping them as hard as possible. Bugalski and Peterson`s muskies measured 38.25”, 40” and 45.25”. The 45.25” was the big fish of the day for Friday. In fourth place Jacob Brewer and Raymond Cote of Lombard, IL. These two fishermen used Medusas and Bulldawgs with chartreuse tails while working a point in dirtier water. The two anglers caught their three muskies in a 1.5-hour span on Friday. Rounding out the top five, in fifth place with a 42.50” and 49.25” was Luke Ronnestrand of Elk River, MN and Michael Waters of Maple River, MN. The team of Nash & Donar caught a nice 43.5” muskie that took home the Musky Hunter Big Fish honors for an additional $250.
If anyone would like to join us for our $50k Mega Tournament to be held on Leech Lake in Minnesota September 13th, 14th and 15th, we still have openings for the event. This is a $50,000 first place payout with over a $120,000 total payout for a full field. Please contact us online at promusky.com or call us for details 815-478-4092.
Also please stay tuned for the PMTT Ranger Boats World Championship to be held on the Spirit and Okoboji Chain in Iowa October 5th & 6th and see who will be crowned our next PMTT Ranger Boats World Champions. You can also see all PMTT events streamed Live on our Facebook page.
Tournament director Tim Widlacki thanked all of the PMTT’s fantastic sponsors especially Musky Hunter Magazine for their continued support and the Medina Entertainment Center for hosting this event. Also, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce, Morehead Tourism, Keyes Outdoors, Chaos Tackle, Vita-Minerals, Feldstein’s Jewelers and all of the associate and contributing sponsors. Please let these fine people know that you appreciate their promotional efforts in support of fresh waters most challenging fish and those extreme anglers who chase her on the first, best and only truly national professional musky tournament circuit, the PMTT.
Sign up today! Our next event will be our Mega Tournament with over $120K in cash payed out and a $50K 1st Place prize on September 13th, 14th & 15th, 2019. Followed by the Ranger Boats World Championship on October 5th and 6th, 2019, To obtain more information on becoming a member of the PMTT, or to signup for the $50K Mega Event, please visit them on the web at www.promusky.com or call the PMTT office at 815-478-4092, there are still a few openings left so don't wait and signup today.
41 Muskies Caught & Released
Friday - 24
Saturday - 17
Friday Big Fish- 45.25" caught by the team of Bugalski & Peterson
Saturday Big Fish - 52.75 caught by the team of Hoyer & Hamernick
Musky Hunter Big Fish - 43.5" caught by the team of Nash & Donar
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Medussa’s & Big Fish Rule at PMTT Mega Tournament
The PMTT descended onto the famed musky waters of Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota on September 13th-15th for their 2019 PMTT Mega Musky Tournament. This tournament is a one off, that is completely separate for the rest of the PMTT tournaments and independent of itself. Over 100 anglers from all across North America registered to compete in this special elimination tournament and needed to catch & register one musky over 30 inches on Friday or Saturday to be able to participate on Sunday. The conditions seemed good for musky fishing with water temps in the low sixties, cloudy skies a mist in the fifty five degree air and winds on Friday and partly cloudy Saturday. There was a total of 34 muskies caught and registered by 21 teams in the first two days and moved on to fish Sunday in the special and final day of competition.
The team of Dan Burrow of Milaca, MN and Chris Whitney of Walker, MN were in the top ten after Saturday and knowing that they needed to catch another musky to have a chance, after catching two muskies on Friday. Burrow and Whitney are very familiar with the trophy waters of Leech Lake having fished there many times over the years and said that they saw a lot more muskies than what they caught, so they knew that they were fishing productive areas. Burrow and Whitney changed to whole new spots on the lake on day three, kind of saved them for that day and their move paid off as they caught four more muskies up to a giant 49.25 inches (which was also big fish for Sunday) and a total of six for the tournament to put them on the top of the leader board for good. Their successful tactic was casting Medussa’s by Chaos Tackle in natural colored patterns and working the weed edges and rocks. The two anglers were rewarded for their efforts with the top prize totaling over $25,000 and two beautiful first place trophies for their dramatic win.
In second place with five muskies up to 51.25 inches, which was big fish for the day Saturday, were Ryan Marjama from Menahga, MN and Chris Fusco OF Grove Heights, MN. These two anglers used swimbaits and spinnerbaits in natural colors, while running and gunning covering as many spots as they could while working the lures at a fast pace through and around the deeper weeds. In third place was Jason Hansen and Jake Thomas, both from New Ulm, MN, who caught four muskies up to 47 inches on jerk baits and crankbaits. Their technique was to work weed edges in windblown areas slowly with crankbaits and jerk baits in natural colors.
In fourth place with three muskies up to 48 inches were Mike Dolezal of White Bear Lake, MN and Joe Uselman of Middleton, WI. They worked wind-blown weeds with crankbaits and jerk baits. Rounding out the top five and in fifth were Bobby Landreville of Walker, MN and Alan Landreville Ham Lake, MN. These two anglers found calmer waters and worked it with spinnerbaits and Bull Dawgs in natural colors also.
Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked Trappers Landing Lodge and their entire staff for the outstanding job hosting the event and all the PMTT`s fantastic sponsors, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Musky Hunter Magazine, Keyes Outdoors, MotorGuide, Chaos Tackle, Vitaminerals, Feldstrein Jeweler’s and all the associate and contributing sponsors. Please let these fine companies know that you appreciate their promotional efforts in support of freshwater's most challenging fish and those extreme anglers who chase her on the first, best and only truly National Professional Musky Tournament Trail circuit, the PMTT.
Sign up soon for the 2020 PMTT Trail. Our next event will be the Ranger Boats World Championship to be held on the Spirit and Okoboji Chain of Lakes in NW Iowa on October 5th & 6th, 2019. For information on becoming a member of the PMTT please visit us on the web at www.promusky.com or call the PMTT office at 815-478-409
Day 1 Results
16 Fish Registered - 48.5 Big Fish
Day 2 Results
18 Fish Registered - 53 Big Fish
Day 3 Final Results
10 Fish Registered - 49.25 Big Fish
44 Total Fish Caught.
Raley & Raley Win PMTT Ranger Boats World Championship & Top Gun – Team of the Year!
On October 5th & 6th, the PMTT held their season ending Ranger Boats World Championship on the Spirit & Okoboji Chain of Lakes in Northwest Iowa. The top 40 teams from throughout the year were competing for the 1st place prize package of a 2020 Ranger 619FS Fisherman, with a RangerTrail Trailer and powered by a Mercury Marine Outboard for a total valued at over $50,000. On day one the anglers were met by some of the worst wind and rainiest weather that the PMTT has ever seen. 20+ mph winds and driving rain were affecting the boat control immensely as there were only 7 muskies caught on Saturday. On Sunday, the sun came out and the wind calmed down and the muskies responded as they doubled the day one total by catching 14 muskies caught on Sunday.
The team Nate Osfer of Marathon City, Wisconsin and Matt Raley of Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin did not catch a musky on Saturday but on Sunday their luck changed in a big way. At one point the two anglers caught muskies on back to back casts as they were still registering their first musky. Osfer and Raley pre-fished on all of the lakes and only had success on Spirit Lake and their choice paid off for them by catching five muskies up to 41.5” on Sunday. They caught all their muskies using Medussa baits in natural perch colors, while working the Medussa’s rather aggressively with quick hops over the shallow weed tops. Their success made them the 2019 PMTT Ranger Boats World Champions and won them the 2020 Ranger 619FS Fisherman with a RangerTrail Trailer powered by a Mercury Marine Outboard worth over $50,000. Osfer and Raley have won the World Championship the last two out of three years as they also won the award in 2017.
There were 21 total muskies caught by the top 40 participating teams. In second place is the father and son team of Chris and Peter Blicharz from Three Lakes, Wisconsin. Their muskies were 39.50”, 37” and 36” and also caught their muskies on Medussa’s and Rippin Dawg baits while fishing weeds on Spirit Lake. In third place, brothers Ben Michlig of Minoqua, WI. and Matt Michlig of Milwaukee, WI. with two muskies measuring 41.75” and 39.50” caught on Double Dawg baits while fishing a windblown point. In fourth place Corey Montgomery of Ames, Iowa and Don Myers of Ankeny, Iowa with two muskies that were both 37.25” long casting Phantom Jerkbaits while working pockets in shallow weedbeds. Rounding out the top five were Danny Lowe of Des Plaines, IL. and Chris Pack of Fox Lake, IL. with the big fish of the tournament at 46” caught on a bucktail in shallow weeds. The 46” musky also helped them win $250 from Musky Hunter to the largest fish caught in the event while wearing Musky Hunter apparel.
The prestigious PMTT Top Gun - Team of the Year was also decided at this event in very close fashion. This award is awarded to the most consistent team that catches muskies through the year during the whole trail. In first place with 479 points was again Nate Osfer of Marathon City, WI. and Matt Raley of Arbor Vitae, WI. Tournament director Tim Widlacki asked the two anglers what they do to prepare for tournaments to have such continued success. Osfer replied by saying that they look at maps ahead of time and pick spots that they feel would be productive. Then they network with other anglers from that part of the country with information on the lake or lakes that they will be fishing. Then Osfer and Raley go to the lake and mainly drive their boat to learn areas and then they do a little fishing. They also work their baits speed according to the fish’s mood and then mimic that action on their retrieve. Finishing in second place in the top gun standings Mike Keyes of Nekoosa, WI. and Bryan Schaeffer of Tomahawk, WI. with 474 points. In third place in the top gun standings are two brothers from Morehead, KY Brian and Tim Barker with 472 points.
Tournament director Tim Widlacki thanked all of the PMTT’s fantastic sponsors especially Ranger Boats for their support of not only the PMTT but also their continued effort to improve the entire sport of musky fishing. And the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center for hosting the championship event. Also, Mercury Marine, Musky Hunter Magazine, Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce, Morehead Tourism, Keyes Outdoors, Chaos Tackle, Vita-Minerals, Feldstein’s Jewelers and all of the associate and contributing sponsors. Please let these fine people know that you appreciate their promotional efforts in support of fresh waters most challenging fish and those extreme anglers who chase her on the first, best and only truly national professional musky tournament circuit, the PMTT.
Sign up soon for the 2020 PMTT Trail and come check us out this winter at your local Musky Sport Show. For information or to view event photo album, please visit us on the web at www.promusky.com or call the PMTT office at 815-478-4092
Final Results - 21 Fish caught and released
Day 1 Results - 7 Fish
Day 2 Results - 14 Fish
Musky Hunter Big Fish
46" caught by Danny Lowe & Chris Pack