GORMAN & STOCK WIN 2023’ PMTT – MUSKY HUNTER MAGAZINE EVENT
Aug 24th, 2023 by sworrall
Modified Aug 24th, 2023 at 12:48 PM
25th SEASON – 3RD QUALIFIER – LAKE VEMILION, MN. AUGUST 18TH & 19TH, 2023
The Professional Musky Tournament Trail made its third stop during their historic 25th season with the Musky Hunter Magazine’s Late Summer Showdown on Lake Vermilion on August 18th & 19th. This awesome tournament seen some of the best musky anglers from twelve different states converge into this northern Minnesota lake to compete in this event. With the fronts moving through the week of the tournament followed by blue skies, air temps in the low eighties and water in the low seventies, the anglers were expecting big fish but tougher bite than usual.
Mike Gorman from Cushing, MN and Jason Stock of Princeton, MN have fished the PMTT for years as a trail team. They out distanced the field of over 150 anglers who signed up to compete at this tournament as the only team to catch four muskies, with their biggest coming in at 42.50”. “We had done ok pre-fishing but come tournament time the muskies left our spots. We literally targeted spots that we hadn’t fished before to catch three more on day two” stated Stock.
3rd Place: Scott Anderson of Tomahawk, WI & Cole Hoeppner of Schofield, WI were casting natural colored rubber baits off sunken reefs as they caught the big fish at 50” and first place standing after day one with two muskies with the addition of a 42.5”. But their pattern died off on day two and they slid down for the third-place finish.
4th Place: Josh Borovsky of Maple Grove, MN. & Troy Zuelzke of Watertown, MN. were casting black bucktails on sand gravel humps and structures, and boated a musky both days of 38.75” and 47.50” for the fourth-place finish.
5th Place: Rounding out the top five was Gregg Thomas of Morehead, KY. And Rick Hoover of Finleyville, PA. with a double. They were casting shallow rocks with bucktails and landed muskies of 35.25” and 41.25”.
PMTT Tournament Director, Tim Widlacki,
TTAP Bonus Big Fish Contingency Award – Gus and Max Mantey – 48.75”
TTAP Bonus Top Team Contingency Award – Mike Gorman and Jason Stock
Friday’s PMTT BIG FISH Award – Scott Anderson and Cole Hoeppner – 50” – $500
Saturday’s PMTT BIG FISH Award – Ben Peterson and Clay Heller – 50.50” – $500
MHM BIG FISH – Ben Peterson and Clay Heller – 50.50” – $250
FINAL RESULTS – 27 Musky up to 50.50”
DAY-1 Total – 16 Musky Registered
DAY-2 Total – 11 Musky Registered
UP NEXT – PMTT Recon Boats World Championship – September 22nd -24th, 2023