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 Sep 23rd, 2019 by Keith Worrall 

Modified Sep 23rd, 2019 at 8:14 PM

The 2019 Hodag Musky Challenge came to a close Sunday afternoon, with top finishing teams sharing more than $20,000 in cash prizes. From left, third place team of Andy Smits and Chad Nelson, Northwoods United Way Executive Director Nancy Sattler, emcee Mike Michalak, first place winners Dan Gropengiser and Jerrod Haenel, Rhinelander Ice Association Rink Manager Brett Aylesworth, and second place team, Tim Buffinton and Scott Britt.


The Northwoods United Way and the Rhinelander Ice Association are happy to announce the winners of the 2019 Shoeders RV & Marine Hodag Musky Challenge. The tournament was held on 5 lake groups in the Rhinelander area on September 21st and 22nd, 2019. 102 teams competed at a chance for over $20,000 in cash prizes.

“We were pleased to have this tournament in our area again this year. Not only did the 204 anglers have a good time competing for the prize money, they also contributed to our 2 local non-profit agencies”, states Nancy Sattler, Executive Director for the Northwoods United Way. “We also had a great night at Fridays rule meeting with raffle prizes, food, and the chance to look at 15 boats that our title sponsor, Shoeders RV & Marine brought over to the RIA. Saturday we met at Rockys Roadhouse to share fish stories, look at pictures of the fish that were caught that day, and to check out the current standings on the board”

“Saturdays weather conditions were ideal for the tournament anglers. 37 musky were registered on Saturday which is the most on a single day in recent tournament history”, states Brett Aylesworth, Rink Manager Rhinelander Ice Association. “We are already looking forward to next years tournament, and are making plans to grow the event.”

1st Place went to Dan Gropengiser and Jerrod Haenel of Rhinelanderwith four fish, all on Crescent (40”, 40.25”, 42.25” and 46”) 2nd Place, also with four fish went to Tim Buffington of Tomahawk and his partner Scott Britt of iowa. Chad Nelson and Andy Smits of Gillett took third. Dan Brekke and Mick Miller took the largest pike (35.5”)
The largest musky of 46.5” was caught by Travis Smith and Chad Rudie on Crescent Lake. All fish caught were successfully released.

“The event wouldn’t have been possible without the 100’s of hours that our volunteers gave to us. The winners of the event even stayed and helped us clean up afterwards! Mike Michalak from Hodag Country 97.3 and The 60 Second Angler did a great job announcing at the event for us all weekend.”says Sattler. “We had excellent sponsors in Shoeders RV & Marine, Rhinelander Auto Center and Nicolet National Bank.”

To get all results go to HodagMuskyChallenge.com

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