Father and Son Team Win Ranger Boats PMTT World Championship On Lake St. Clair
Oct 17th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Oct 17th, 2013 at 12:00 AM
The best musky fishing professionals from all over North America competed for the biggest prize of the year the world championship on Lake St. Clair this past weekend.
The 35 teams fished what could be the best musky fishing destination in the world it was a perfect match. The weather cooperated with the anglers by bringing in upper 60 to low 70 degree weather with a mixture of sun on Saturday and clouds and wind on Sunday. There are always a few teams that figure out a pattern to catch the muskies no matter where the trail leads them to. This time it was the father and son team of Mark and Adam Follenweider of Palos Heights, IL. The two concrete contractors got away from work to fish this event and it paid off. They caught a 39′, 43.50″ Hybrid Tiger and a 37 “on Sunday to take the win.
The team used Shadzilla soft bodied baits in long weed beds that were in 6′ – 10′ of water close to marinas to entice their fish. The two men pre fished for two days and connected on a musky. They saw baitfish in the area and liked what they saw and worked these areas throughout the event to create their success. Mark quoted “The anglers that fish the Professional Musky Tournament Trail are such great individuals to meet and compete with they make you feel welcome and you learn so much. This is what it is all about.” The father and son team brought home the Ranger Boats World Championship trophies and a Ranger 619 Fisherman, Mercury Outboard and Ranger trail trailer valued at over $40,000.
Congratulations to the father and son team they really made a memory to tell their friends and children and grandchildren for years to come!
In second place were Spencer Berman and Matt Quintano the local fishing guides from St. Clair Shores, MI. with the Ranger Boats Big Fish of the day for Saturday a 47.75″ Brute which also made them an extra $500. The two anglers also caught a 43.50″. These two gentlemen had a great year being the most consistent team of the year winning the prestigious Top Gun team of the year honors. Great job! In third place were two 18 year old brothers Jake and Alec Germann of White Bear Lake, MN. who caught three muskies a 34.75″, 35.75″ and a 40.50″ trolling crank baits. In fourth place were James Stella and Nick Cammarata who caught their fish on musky train Crank baits. Their muskies were 34″ 37.75″ and 40.50″. Rounding out the top five with a 41.75″ and a 45″ caught jigging bondy baits were Ross Korpela of Carlton, MN and Chad Mitchell of Inner Grove Heights, MN. The big fish of the day was caught by John Ryan and Howard Van Zant of the Schaumburg, Il. area.
Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked all of the PMTT` s fantastic sponsors, especially Ranger Boats for their continued support of not only the PMTT but the entire sport of musky fishing. Also thanks to Mercury Marine, Chaos Tackle, Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce, Morehead Tourism Commission, Musky Hunter Magazine, Keyes Outdoors, Rollie & Helens Musky Shop, Musky Mayhem Tackle, Crash’s Landing and all the associate and contributing sponsors. Please let these fine folks know that you appreciate their promotional efforts in support of freshwaters most challenging fish and those extreme anglers who chase her on the first, best and only truly National Professional Musky Circuit the PMTT!