PMTT St. Clair Qualifier
Musky Hunter's Summer Showdown!
PMTT Press Release Editor,
On August 11th & 12th the Musky Hunter Magazine's Late Summer Showdown was held on the musky filled waters of Lake St. Clair. This event was one of the most thrilling events in the Professional Musky Tournament Trail 20 year history. Not only was there a record number of muskies caught at 111 to be exact, also the winning team did not know if they captured the victory even though they set another record by registering 8 muskies during the tournament.
On another note the weather was nearly perfect for the musky anglers, sunny with light winds, the air in the low 80” and water temperatures in the mid 70`s, which in turn made the muskies very active and feeding at a high rate. In first place were Spencer Berman of St. Clair Shores, Michigan and Mathew Quintano of Harrison Township, Michigan. These two anglers know the lake well and they found a pattern of fishing the deep weed edges in the river channels that feed Lake St. Clair with cooler water from Lake Huron. With the water cooler in those areas, they felt it would have a positive effect and make the muskies more active. They used silver and natural colored Bulldawg lures. The two anglers thought that the main lake would be tough fishing because of high blue skies and no wind so they fished the deep river channel weed edge.
Berman and Quintano were rewarded with a remarkable eight muskies measuring 38.25, 38.50, 39, 39.50, 47.50 and another 47.50 caught in the last few minutes to seal the win. Berman and Quintano also were rewarded with the prestigious Ranger Cup award and another $1,000 bonus for the top registered Ranger Boat owner and almost $13,000 along with two beautiful trophies. In second place were Mark Kornosky of St. Clair Shores, MI. and Chris Mahan of Warren, MI. The two anglers used Spanky Bucktails while trolling 3.8 miles per hour over and around weedbeds and baitfish to amazingly catch 8 muskies also that measured 33, 37,38, 39.50, 40.25, 42.75, 43.75 and 47.50.
In third place were Jason Jackson of Huntington, West Virginia and Kyle Moxon of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Jackson and Moxon used 6” Ziggy, Boss Shad crankbaits and bucktails while trolling open water baitfish schools. The two anglers also noted that all their muskies were caught during the peak major time of the day according to solunar table. In fourth place were Justin Hoffman of Chelsea, Michigan and Mike Laski of Dexter, Michigan. Hoffman and Laski worked slow moving Medussa lures through baitfish and around scattered weedbeds to catch muskies measuring 38, 38.50, 38.75, 43.75 and 44 inches. Rounding out the top five was Billy Brumett of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Michael Handlogton of Grand Rapids, Michigan who slowly worked Medussa lures in black and orange and cisco colors in 18 feet of water around scattered weeds and baitfish schools to catch 38, 40, 44.25, and 45.25 inch muskies.
Big fish for Saturday was caught by Nate Osfer of Marathon City, Wisconsin and Matt Raley of Minoqua, Wisconsin with a beautiful 50.50” musky. With big fish of the tournament on Sunday being a monster 52” caught by Dave Lagman of and Troy Dechant of Roseville, Michigan This tournament was so exciting with all of the muskies caught and also the large muskies caught. Lake St. Clair lived up to its legendary reputation in musky history by not only putting huge numbers of muskies in the boat and also putting many large muskies in their nets also.
Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked all the PMTT`s fantastic sponsors, especially Musky Hunter Magazine for sponsoring the tournament and the entire trail. Also, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, 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.
Our next event will be our 20th Anniversary Mega Tournament with over $120,000 in cash payed out and a $50,000 first place prize. Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota is the location for the Mega Event on September 14th through the 16th. Followed by the Ranger Boats World Championship on the Barbee Chain of Lakes in Indiana on October 20th and 21st, 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.