Welcome to The Professional Musky Tournament Trail
The Professional Musky Tournament Trail events are the most high
profile, exciting, educational and entertaining musky tournaments in
The PMTT's high energy format has been developed not only with the
Pro's in mind, but also the dozens and dozens of other excellent
musky anglers who may have the desire and ability to become Pro's or
just enjoy a little competition and want to have a good time.
Success in the PMTT can take you down many roads, no matter what
your skill level. Come join the PMTT and have fun.
Anglers have the opportunity to compete in as many qualifying events
as they choose, whether it is just one event or the entire
tournament trail. The PMTT contestants will be competing for a cash
and prize value that could total well over $220,000 through out the
year. With the possibility of winning over $21,000 at every event
and over $40,000 in cash and prizes at the year-end Ranger Boats
World Championship, the PMTT is taking musky fishing to an all time
high, developing the sport and promoting musky conservation.
Good luck to all this coming year and hope to see you on the water.
Take care and good fishing,
It is our desire that we bring to you the same kind of first class,
challenging and exciting tournament, that we had always hoped to
Tournament Directors & Coordinators
Professional Musky Tournament Trail, Ltd.
Tim’s first musky encounter was at the young age of 15. The musky
bug took hold instantly and uncontrollably. It had gotten so bad,
that in a short time it seemed that he had given up on all other
species in order to pursue musky. He had fished many lakes and
rivers across the U.S. and Canada during the next 18 years.
including in this journey were many tournaments with several high
finishes. Observing more and more tournaments start up and grow
quickly, one question kept coming to his mind. “Why hasn’t somebody
organized by musky tournament trail?” After a few years of awaiting
the opportunity to fish in one, the thought occurred to Tim, “Why
not start one?”
After discussing it with his father for over a year, he finally
convinced him to join in. With many good starting ideas and the help
of a few good people, a few meetings were held and the PMTT was
Secretary/Treasurer & Managing Director
Professional Musky Tournament Trail, Ltd.
Bob was born with a pole in his hand; okay, so it was a cane pole.
Fortunately for him, his father was a true pioneer who not only
liked to roam the wilds, but also enjoyed his fishing. One of his
very first trips to the Hayward, Wisconsin area, he and his father
were camping on the “Chip” (Chippewa Flowage) when a musky started
to feed right in front of their camp. Bob’s father quickly grabbed
his rod and was lucky enough to have the fish strike on his very
first cast. After a short battle, he was able to beach the fish. It
was Bob’s first meeting with “Mr. Musky,” and he was impressed.
Bob would like to say that was the start of his musky career, but at
the age of 10, he was still a “cane pole guy.” However, as Bob
relates, when you have a vacation home in Hayward for more than 30
years, you know sooner or later it is going to happen. It happened
to Bob one day when fishing with son Tim, who Bob considers to be a
“musky fanatic.” On that fateful day, Tim hooked his first musky,
and Bob having nothing but a small walleye net, managed to get the
lure hooked onto it while trying to fit Tim's big fish into it.
Tim’s musky did a quick flip-flop and was gone. Maybe it was the
look of frustration on Bob’s son’s face, or the blow to his ego that
the “big one got away,” but from that moment the battle was on. For
the next twenty years, Bob and son Tim have battled Mr. Musky in
many U.S. and Canadian waters from Lake of the Woods to Georgian
Bay. They haven’t won all the battles, but Bob says they are not
For the past ten years or so, like so many other musky anglers, Bob
has been fishing in musky tournaments with some moderate successes,
finishing in the “money” several times.
It is Bob’s hope and desire that with many years of experience both
in the business and musky fishing world fishing for fun as well as
“competition,” he can help assure that the PMTT offers up the kind
of tournaments all serious-competitive musky anglers have been
Jim Saric - Operations Manager
Editor and Publisher of Musky Hunter Magazine; feature editor of
Midwest Outdoors; contributing editor of Fishing Facts, North
American Fishermen and In-Fisherman. Feature host of Midwest
James Stella - Visual Effects Director & Webmaster
Jim first started fishing for muskies as a kid, with his father, in
the late 70's. They would make a couple trips a year to the Chippewa
Flowage in Hayward, Wisconsin. In the early 80's their interests
turned to bass fishing and they replaced their muskie fishing trips
with bass fishing trips throughout the 80's & 90's. But one fateful
day in April of '97, while Jim was exploring different bass lakes in
Illinois, he went on a trip to southern Illinois's Lake Kinkaid,
for what he thought would be a weekend of bass fishing. During that
trip he was reacquainted with his old nemesis, Mr. Esox. This time
the muskie bug took complete control over him. After that trip, he
got rid of everything bass related in his boat and hasn't looked
back since. His dad still tries to get him to fish bass tournaments
with him, but as Jim likes to tell his Dad, "The lures I throw, are
bigger than the fish you catch."
Jim is very involved in the muskie community. He does Multi
Media, Audio/Video & Website work for muskie clubs, tournaments,
seminars, expos, schools & clinics as well as other things. He is VP &
webmaster of his Muskie Inc.'s South of the Border chapter, a delegate to
the Illini Muskies Alliance (IMA) and he also ran the Extreme Muskie
Expo shows. Jim is also on the pro staff's of
Ranger Boats, Evinrude, G. Loomis, Frabill, Llungen Lures, Sennet
Tackle Company & Cortland.
Jason Summers - Rules & Ethics Committee Director
Jason's father introduced him to the outdoors at an early age.
Fishing became an enjoyable way to spend time, and a few years later
he encountered his first musky. Instantly Jason devoted his energy
to pursue this great fish. He developed techniques fishing
throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jason's instinct to compete was
cured in 2000, he entered The Professional Musky Tournament trail.
The trail has taken him to many new waters, and Jason has proven he
can fish with a couple top ten finishes. The people encountered
during the journey are the most memorable and enjoyable.
Ed Haagenson - Judge & Set up Coordinator