Barnett and Hill Win WMT Okauchee Tournament
Category: press release
May 23rd, 2008 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified May 23rd, 2008 at 12:00 AM
Barnett and Hill Win WMT'S Okauchee Tournament
There were four legal muskies registered at the WMT's Lake Okauchee tournament Sunday, May 18th. The first muskie of the contest would be measured at 6:35am by the team of Neil Barnett and Bill Hill and scored 39 1/4 inches. Shorly after, Tom Perdzock and Jeff Giesie would tally a healthy 41 1/4" muskie at 6:44am, taking over the early lead. By 8:55am, the tournament would be decided when Barnett and Hill scored on their second of the day with a dandy 42 3/4 incher that would be the biggest muskie of the day. The final muskie of the contest would come at 1:17pm when Doug and Don Grant tallied a 38 1/4 incher. The cold front that had passed through the area Saturday night, dropping the water temp down to 58 degrees on the main lake area, and colder in the shallow waters of the channels and bays, slowed down the bite that had been very "hot" just days before the event.
The WMT's Lake Okauchee "MUSKIE DOUBLE HEADER"(tm) tournament paid down five places:
1st – Neil Barnett/Bill Hill
2nd – Tom Perdzock/Jeff Giesie
3rd – Don & Doug Grant
4th – Dave Wnuk/Bob Held
5th – Jeff & Bill Wyrwa
The next tournaments for the WMT is a "MUSKIE DOUBLE HEADER"(tm) weekend with the Lac Vieux Desert tournament on Saturday, May 24th and North/South Twin Lakes tournament on Monday, May 26th. The Lac Vieux Desert tournament should have enough teams signed up to pay-out the full amount and $10,000.00 for the first place prize and the North/South Twin Lakes tournament is already guaranteed full pay-out and $10,000.00 for first place. And, because the LVD and Twin's tournaments are a "MUSKIE DOUBLE HEADER"(tm) weekend, the team who wins both of the tournaments back-to-back will win the $20,000.00 bonus, that would tally $40,000.00 for the weekend for the winning team. Also, what is at stake this coming weekend for the tournament anglers is the 50" pool that will pay more than $15,000.00 extra for the first team to register a muskie over 50 inches. Two years ago, the WMT's North/South Twin tournament produced two muskies over 50 inches and this year's conditions are shaping up to be another tournament that could produce the same type of "big fish" results. Of course, LVD could pop a big girl too, to cash in on the big money jack pot.
As of today's date, both of the tournaments still have some open spots but are very close to filling up. It is still possible to sign up for the events by logging on to the WMT's web site www.WMTseries.com for the entry form, and mailing it to the WMT. If there is still some openings the Friday before the Lac Vieux Desert tournament, you can sign up at the Hill Side Resort at the lake on South Shore Drive between the hours of 5:00pm and 7:30pm or at the Grape's Twin Haven Resort on HWY K between 4:00pm and 5:00pm Sunday, May 25 for the North/South Twin Lakes tournament.
All of the WMT's one-day tournaments and Major Open Championships are open to the public. You can fish in one tournament or as many as you like.