Fall was definitely in the air at the Lake Chippewa Flowage Resort Association/Treeland’s Resort Fall Meltdown on September 26-27 as 83 boats competed in the third PMTT qualifier of 2020.
Cool temperatures, cloudy skies, beautiful colors and some great musky fishing were in order as 38 muskies were caught from the fabled Chippewa Flowage.
The father/son team of Mike Raczynski of Fox Lake, Wisconsin, and Dan Raczynski of Grafton, Wisconsin, had never been to the Chip before, and fished a lot of different spots before finding a shallow bar with some muskies using it. The Raczynskis cast Medussas in and around thick, shallow weeds and caught three muskies up to 44 1/2 inches, with the largest standing as big fish for the tournament. The pair took home the first place hardware and $12,000 cash for their efforts.
In second place were local guide Ty Sennett of Hayward, Wisconsin, and his brother Tait Sennett of Princeville, Illinois, who practiced running and gunning in an attempt to contact as many muskies as they could. They succeeded by boating four fish up to 40 inches on bucktails, crankbaits and rubber in dark or perch colors.
In third place were Charlie and Matt Ridgway of Des Moines, Iowa, who were forced to fish areas not far from the take-off point because of boat problems. Their misfortune paid off as they caught a musky in a weedbed that they drifted into, and then kept fishing the area. Casting Medussas and Bull Dawgs in the thick weed patch produced three muskies up 39 3/4 inches.
The husband/wife team of Rick and Sarah Hoover of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, placed fourth by using walk-the-dog topwaters over shallow weedbeds to entice 40 1/4- and 43 1/4-inch muskies into biting. The larger of their muskies took honors as the tournament’s big fish for Saturday.
Rounding out the top five were Mark Rue of Glenview, Illinois, and Ladd Wildeson of Eagle River, Wisconsin, who used topwaters and bucktails in shallow weeds on one shoreline they fished the whole tournament. They boated three muskies up to 35 inches.
Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked all the PMTT’s fantastic sponsors, especially the Lake Chippewa Flowage Resort Association and Treeland’s Resort for hosting the tournament.
The season-ending PMTT Ranger Boats World Championship is next, October 23-25, on Cave Run Lake in Morehead, Kentucky. The first place prize package is a 2021 Ranger Angler 2080MS, powered by a Mercury outboard and trailer worth over $60,000.
For more information, visit promusky.com or call (815) 478-4092.