During the weekend of June 22 and 23, 188 professional musky anglers took part in the Professional Musky Tournament Trail (PMTT) in Eagle River. The teams represented musky anglers from throughout the United States and Canada.
The PMTT anglers started on Eagle Lake at 7 a.m. Saturday and fished the 10 lakes on the Eagle River side of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes for the entire tournament. Fishing hours Saturday were from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours on Sunday were from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Forty-one muskies of 30 inches or greater were registered Saturday and 18 muskies of 30 inches or greater were registered Sunday, making a two-day tournament total of 59 muskies caught and released.
There were 10 teams that placed in the tournament with fish registering at 30 inches and up to 471/4 inches. There were also many smaller muskies caught throughout the tournament as well as several muskies going after the bait but not making the bite.
The PMTT tournament is a total catch-and-release tournament. The largest fish caught during the tournament was a 471/4-inch fish caught Saturday by the team of Mike Keyes and Dave Brown of Wisconsin Rapids.
First place in the PMTT went to Jared Adamovich and Jeremy Barber, both of Eagle River. They won the tournament by catching four muskies-313/4, 32, 321/2, and 341/2 inches-all on the Medusa. With their win in the Eagle River PMTT tournament, they took home $13,000 in cash and two trophies.
Second place went to Spencer Berman and Mathew Quintano, both of St. Claire Shores, Mich. They caught and released a double of 381/2 inches and 431/4 inches, using bucktails.
Third place went to David Mariacher of Toronto, Canada, and Dave Anderson of Buffalo, N.Y. They caught and released a double of 391/2 inches and 411/2 inches, using bucktails.
Other local anglers placing in the top 10 teams were Jason Weik and John Kleczewski of Park Falls (9th place), Justin and Ryan Reynolds of Eagle River (8th place), Dan and Mike Wojtusik of Three Lakes (7th place), Joey Rozanski of Wauwatosa and Mark Gillich of Arbor Vitae (6th place), and Breht Kiedrowski and Chad Popp of St. Germain (4th place).
For more information on the PMTT, visit promusky.com.