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Wisconsin pair win muskie tournament

June 30, 2011 at 03:37 AM

A warm front and stable weather made the fish turn on for the second qualifier of the 2011 Professional Musky Tournament Trail, Mercury Marine’s Summer Challenge on the Eagle River Chain in northeast Wisconsin on June 25-26. Under bright skies & temperatures in the high 70’s, anglers in 98 boats registered 42 muskies up to 48.50 inches during the tournament. The PMTT Mercury Marine Summer Challenge was won by the team of Mike Pecosky of Oregon, Wis., and Tony Puccio from the same area, a team that used a normally unconditional way of catching muskies.

Puccio and Pecosky fished 8-10 feet of water where a long point came out from an underwater hump that extended towards the shoreline. The two ripped the small crank baits through suspended bait fish and newly developing scattered cabbage weed beds. Pecosky and Puccio also used smaller diameter line that was 30-pound strength, but the size of 8 pound mono on spinning gear to get their small 3 inch crank baits down deep enough into the bait fish and weeds. The anglers fought the fish slowly because of the small hooks and light tackle that they were using. The muskies that were 48.50 and 43.00 inches in length were also the big fish of the day for both Saturday and Sunday. The triumphant team took home the first place hardware and over $15,000 in cash.

In second place were two anglers from Illinois, Dennis Sweeney of Coal City and Dewey Stewart of Pawnee. The two gentlemen cast copper and black bucktails while holding the boat in 10-12 feet of water and casting to a 4 foot deep main lake weedbed.. The two anglers came upon a spot late on Saturday they had never fished on the chain and lost two fish that they had on. They returned to the spot on Sunday and caught three muskies measuring 40.50 inches, 39.50 inches and 34.00 inches and took home the 2nd place trophies and a check for more than $3,500.

In third place were Ryan Bock and Tim Rutzen of Three Lakes, WI.  The two local angler’s casted small chartreuse and fire tiger colored baits in shallow water while moving the baits fast to entice their fish of 41.25 inches and 38 inches. In Fourth Place was Jerome Morris of Minneapolis, MN, and Jake Bucki of Medford, WI. The muskies that the two anglers boated were 39.25 inches and 33.25 inches. The two men used Double Dawg lures, allowing them to sink to the bottom and then ripping them out of the weeds to trigger strikes.
Rounding out the top five was Chad Popp of Wausau, WI, and Brent Kiedrowski of Minocqua, WI. The anglers used Bulldawgs in walleye color to entice their fish of 42.75 inches and 31.75 inches.

For more information on becoming a member of the 2011 PMTT, or to view event photo album, please visit them on the Web at or call PMTT at 815-478-4351

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