Ranger Boats World Championship!
PMTT Press Release Editor,
The Professional Musky Tournament Trails season came to a very exciting fish filled conclusion on October 20th & 21st in the Ranger Boats World Championship which was held on the northern Indiana chain of lakes Webster, Barbee and Tippecanoe. Cooler than normal temperatures and post turnover conditions seemed to turn the muskies into a fall feeding frenzy as they caught the greatest percentage of muskies ever registered in a PMTT event with the top 40 teams registering 68 muskies. On Saturday, 40 mph wind gusts, freezing rain and whatever else mother nature could throw at the anglers arrived. Sunday 30-degree air temperatures and a brisk damp breeze capped off a two-day event of miserable weather conditions.
The team of Spencer Bermann and Mathew Quintano of Harrison Township, Michigan found success to say the least. The two anglers ended up catching a record 10 muskies measuring to 41 inches in length. The two anglers were casting a windblown, baitfish covered, break-line point on Lake Webster with magnum and pounder Bulldawg lures in gold/black color pattern. The cadence of the retrieve was crucial for their success with very slow pulls and slowly retrieving the line between pulls was the ticket. Bermann and Quintano won two straight PMTT events to prove that they are truly the PMTT World Champions for 2018. Their success helped them win a brand new 2019 Ranger 619FS boat, RangerTrail Trailer powered by a Mercury Outboard and valued at over $50,000 with two beautiful World championship trophies.
In second place Joe Restivo of Freemont, Indiana and Bob Vandermeer of Walbridge, Ohio with also a very impressive 10 muskies up to 38.50 inches. Retivo and Vandermeer used small glide baits in three feet of water in a widening of the river channel that feed Lake Webster and catching all of their muskies in the area that was 100 yards in length and width. In third place with seven muskies up to 33” was Billy Brummett of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Michael Handlogen of Grand Rapids, Michigan. These two anglers used shad and walleye colored glide baits on Lake Webster to entice their fish.
In fourth place Bryan Schaeffer of Tomahawk, Wisconsin and Sam Ubl of Mukwonago, Wisconsin. These two-fisherman used Lake X Rubber baits to catch the big fish of the tournament at 49.25” to go with their 39.25” musky caught on the Barbee Chain. Schaeffer an Ubl were fishing 20’ of water where they saw baitfish moving up in the water column while using slow pump and pause motion. Rounding out the top five were Mike Olsen and Nate Ruszkiewicz of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. These two anglers caught three muskies up 43.25” on the Barbee Chain using small white twitch baits in three feet of water in junk weeds.
The prestigious Top Gun-Team of the Year award was also awarded at the championship also. This award goes to the team that is the most consistent, placing and gaining points throughout the year. This award takes a lot of dedication, determination and skill to win while competing against the best anglers in the world all year long. For the second year in a row the Top Gun award goes to Chris Riebe of South Elgin, IL and Matt Snyder of Tower, Minnesota. The two anglers mentioned that part of their success comes from not pre-fishing a lot. Just driving around the lake previous to the tournament looking for areas with baitfish and weed lines while marking the areas on maps. These two anglers also have caught muskies in a record thirteen PMTT events in a row. Second Place in the Top Gun goes to Tony Grant of Frenchburg, Kentucky and Gregg Thomas of Morehead, Kentucky. Third Place in Top Gun goes to Bryan Schaeffer of Tomahawk, Wisconsing and Sam Ubl of Muckwanago, Wisconsin.
Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked all the PMTT`s fantastic sponsors, especially Ranger Boats for their continued support in not only the PMTT and the World Championship but their continued effort to help the entire sport of musky fishing. Also Mercury Marine, Musky Hunter Magazine, Keyes Outdoors, Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce, Motorguide, Chaos Tackle, Vitaminerals, Feldstrein Jeweler’s, Morehead Tourism 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.
Thank you everyone for making our 20th year anniversary the best year ever, your support has been greatly appreciated. Next year we will be starting off our season at Cave Run Lake near Morehead, Kentucky in April and followed by Eagle River in June. To obtain more information on becoming a member of the PMTT, please visit them on the web at www.promusky.com or call the PMTT office at 815-478-4092. Or just see us at one of this winter’s sport fishing shows to sign up for 2019.