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Weiss, Panyon Win Minnesota High School Muskie State Championship

The team of Charlie Weiss and Erik Panyon caught a 49 1/2-inch musky to take first place in the Minnesota High School Muskie State Championship.

Charlie Weiss and Erik Panyon with their 49 1/2-inch musky.

The event was held on Lake Vermilion in August. Due to COVID precautions taken by tournament officials and the host location, Vermilion Dam Lodge, competitors skipped the morning rules meeting and boat order assignments. Boats were allowed to launch from any location on the lake and VDL was the central check-in location at the end of the tournament.

Weiss and Panyon represented the North Metro Muskies Inc. chapter and took home first place plaques, Okuma rods, and Jig Ripper handles. For catching the fish, Charlie won a half-day guided trip donated by Bob Benson from Northland Muskie Adventures.

Placing second with a 36 1/2-inch musky was Karl Ogne representing the North Metro Muskies Inc. chapter. He received a second place plaque, Okuma rod, and a half-day guided trip donated by Benson.

Third place went unclaimed due to no additional fish logged by other teams.

The number of registered participants numbered only nine teams due to COVID, tournament uncertainty with Minnesota DNR guidelines, and only one Muskies Inc. chapter qualifier event held during the summer. The state championship was adapted to allow some open registrations. In the end, tournament officials and participants were pleased with the results and grateful that the event was held during a summer of uncertainty.

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