The PMTT launched on famous Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota, on September 13-15 for its 2019 PMTT Mega Musky Tournament, with over 100 anglers from all across North America registered to compete in this special elimination tournament.
Conditions seemed good for musky fishing with water temperatures in the low 60s, cloudy skies with occasional mist, and a 55-degree air temperature. A total of 34 muskies were caught and registered by 21 teams in the first two days, all of whom moved on to fish Sunday in the special final day of competition.
The team of Dan Burrow of Milaca, Minnesota, and Chris Whitney of Walker, Minnesota, were in the Top 10 after Saturday with two muskies caught on Friday. They knew they needed another musky to have a chance. Burrow and Whitney are very familiar with Leech Lake, having fished there many times over the years, and knew they were fishing productive areas.
On Day 3, Burrow and Whitney changed to spots they hadn’t yet fished and their move paid off with four more muskies including a 49 1/4-incher, which stood as big fish for Sunday. Their total of six for the tournament put them on the top of the leader board for good.
Burrow and Whitney said their successful tactic was casting Chaos Tackle Medussas in natural-colored patterns along weed edges and rocks. For their dramatic win, they took home the top prize of over $25,000 cash and two beautiful first place trophies.
In second place with five muskies up to 51 1/4 inches (which was big fish for the day Saturday) were Ryan Marjama from Menahga, Minnesota, and Chris Fusco of Grove Heights, Minnesota. They fished swimbaits and spinnerbaits in natural colors while running and gunning, covering as many spots with deep weeds as they could.
In third place was Jason Hansen and Jake Thomas, both from New Ulm, Minnesota, who caught four muskies up to 47 inches on jerkbaits and crankbaits. Their technique was to work weed edges in windblown areas slowly with crankbaits and jerkbaits in natural colors.
Placing fourth with three muskies up to 48 inches were Mike Dolezal of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and Joe Uselman of Middleton, Wisconsin. They worked wind-blown weeds with crankbaits and jerkbaits.
Rounding out the top five were Bobby Landreville of Walker, Minnesota, and Alan Landreville Ham Lake, Minnesota, who fished calmer waters with spinnerbaits and Bull Dawgs in natural colors.
The PMTT’s next event will be the Ranger Boats World Championship to be held on the Spirit and Okoboji Chain of Lakes in northwest Iowa October 5-6.
For more information, visit promusky.com or call the PMTT office at (815) 478-4092.