Have you ever heard the saying the “first time is the charm”? Brothers Ben and Matt Michlig believe in it as they won the PMTT’s Musky Hunter Magazine Fall Meltdown September 17-18 on the Madison Chain of Lakes.
Neither Ben, of Minocqua, Wisconsin, nor Matt of Milwaukee, had ever been on the tournament waters. However, they felt confident in their musky-fishing ability, having won big money musky tournaments in other areas.
The brothers started the tournament on Lake Monona on Saturday near a few current areas where creeks enter the lake, and found a few active muskies including one they boated. On Sunday, they fished the same spot for two hours but did not move a fish. They noticed the current had lessened, so they moved to Lake Waubesa since it has stained water, which they figured would help considering the conditions of bright skies and no wind.
On Waubesa, the Michligs fished a large weedy area and concentrated on ripping jerkbaits through the weeds. They quickly caught two more muskies in a 40-minute period to seal the win. Their muskies measured 36 3/4, 40 1/2 and 47 1/4 inches, earning them the first place trophies and a prize package worth $13,620, plus $500 for the big fish on Sunday.
In second place were Matt Raley, also of of Minocqua, and Nate Osfer of Marathon City, Wisconsin, who ripped jerkbaits through milfoil weedbeds on Lake Monona to catch muskies measuring 40, 40 3/4 and 43 1/2 inches.
Placing third were Jesse Dobush of Washington, Illinois, and Rick McCellan of Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, who caught muskies of 47 and 44 inches from shallow milfoil weedbeds on bucktails.
In fourth place were Michael LeGrande and Gerry Frantz from the Madison area, who were also the Day 1 leaders with 48- and 40 1/4-inch muskies. On Day 2, they lost a musky which would have placed them first. Their 48-incher musky was the big fish of tournament.
Rounding out the top five teams was Jason Walls of Bainbridge, Ohio, who burned bucktails along deep weed edges to catch 41 1/2- and 40-inch muskies.
Tournament anglers boated 48 muskies, of which 27 were caught Saturday and 21 on Sunday.
Tournament director Tim Widlacki thanked all of the PMTT’s fantastic sponsors, especially Musky Hunter Magazine for sponsoring the Madison Chain event. Also Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce, Morehead Tourism, Keyes Outdoors, Chaos Tackle, Musky Mayhem Tackle, Vita-Minerals, and all of the associate and contributing sponsors.
The PMTT will next visit Miltona Lake near Miltona, Minnesota, for the Ranger Boats World Championship, October 22-23. The top 35 teams will compete for the first place prize package of a brand new 2017 Ranger 619 Fisherman, Ranger Trailer and Mercury outboard.
For information about the PMTT, visit www.promusky.com or call (815) 478-4092