Rain, strong winds and sunny, flat conditions all occurred within a 48-hour period, but that didn’t stop the students attending the University of Esox Summer Musky Tactics School from finding and catching muskies.
Eight muskies were boated by students and staff during the school, which was held June 9-11 at St. Germain Lodge and the adjoining Fibber’s Restaurant.
“We saw almost everything Mother Nature could throw at us but nobody backed down,” said Musky Hunter magazine Editor Jim Saric, who emceed the event.
Stanley White of Champaign, Illinois, earned the school’s Top ’Lunge award, which goes to the angler with the most muskies at the event. He caught two, including a 35-incher, which is his personal best fish. He hooked the 35-incher on his second cast of the school while making a figure-8 with a Fat Bastard topwater.
Ben Benson of Marinette, Wisconsin, earned the school’s Big Musky Award, which goes to the angler with the largest fish. He caught a 40-incher, also while making a figure-8 with a Fat Bastard.
The largest musky was hooked by instructor Jeff Van Remortel, a 43-incher on a Suick Muskie Thriller.
Kevin Francis of Springboro, Ohio, also boated a nice musky, a 38 1/2-inch fish on a Flasher spinner.
In all, 23 students from six states attended the annual event. Eight hours of seminars about summer musky fishing are wrapped around two days of musky fishing. “This was a terrific group of guys who asked great questions during the seminars and then applied what they learned on the water,” said Musky Hunter Managing Editor Steve Heiting.
Also serving as instructors at the school were resort owner and guide Rob Manthei, Kevin Schmidt and Doug Smith.
The school is an annual event at St. Germain Lodge and Fibber’s Restaurant. “Rob and Kaye Manthei, and their staff, are the perfect hosts for our school,” said Saric. “Everything is run so smoothly, the resort is terrific and in a great location, and the food is awesome.”
Next year’s Summer Musky Tactics School will be held June 8-10, 2018. Watch Musky Hunter for details.