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.

On day one, Gorman and Stock only boated one small musky and needed to change it up for day two. “We decided to down size our baits from double ten bucktails to single bladed gold eights. Then we targeted flat rock shelves that got wind blown over the last few days”, stated Gorman. Well, their adjustments paid off big time as Gorman and Stock boated three more muskies on day two to seal the win. They not only took home the first-place trophies and prize money, they also won the TTAP bonus and the Recons Boats $1,000 first place bonus to take home over $16,000 in prize money.
2nd Place: Luke Ronnestrand of Elk River, MN & Grant Loden were in second place after day one with two muskies & took the early lead on day two with their third musky. They were casting natural-colored hard plastics in the weeds as they totaled three muskies up to 46.25” which left them with the second-place finish.

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, acknowledged the Trail’s deep appreciation to our many outstanding sponsors, for both their continuing support and the important part they have played and are playing now in our growth over the past 25 years as America’s 1st and only; truly national professional musky circuit. Leading the way with new, challenging, and innovative formats, featuring many of America’s top musky fishing destinations. Special thanks to our Q-3 Event Sponsor, Musky Hunter Magazine, and our good friends at The Landing for hosting the PMTT on Lake Vermilion. Also, the Official Boat & World Championship title sponsor RECON BOATS, MERCURY MARINE, MOTORGUIDE, LIEF LABS and to all of our wonderful Hosts and Site Partners for their support ; Lake Chippewa Flowage Resort Association, Treeland Resorts, The Landing, Sunset Bay, Morehead Tourism, The Boathouse and our entire family of contributing & associate sponsors Please let them know how much you appreciate what they do whenever you get the chance… show them some Musky Love, returning their support when you can… they are a vital part our growing PMTT Family.


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

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