Lederer & Cummings Win PMTT Cave Run Spring Shootout

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 Apr 16th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  752

Modified Apr 16th, 2019 at 9:13 AM

Lederer & Cummings Win PMTT Cave Run Spring Shootout

The Professional Musky Tournament Trail started their 21st season April 13th &14th on Cave Run Lake, Kentucky, an annual tournament hosted by Morehead Tourism. The lake level was dropping to near normal pool after heavy early spring rains and water temps in the mid to upper fifties. Fred Lederer and Philip Cummings of Toledo, Ohio were sitting in fourth place on Saturday with a 41.50-inch musky. The two anglers knew they needed another quality fish and continued to troll with confidence on Sunday when the bait clicker went off and they netted the big fish for the day with a fat 44.50-inch musky. Cummings and Lederer were using six and ten-inch orange Ziggy crank baits while trolling 3.5mph through baitfish pods in fifteen to twenty feet of water. Lederer and Cummings success during the tough bite was good for a check worth $12,500 for a first-place finish and two beautiful trophies.

Saturday’s weather was beautiful, partly sunny, light winds and 82 degrees, while Sunday saw 68 degrees with a cold front moving through and cloudy skies in the morning, then sunny and windy later in the day. The team of Tim and Brian Barker, brothers from Morehead, Kentucky came in 2nd with two of the 32 muskies that were registered, with a 36.75” and 47.50” musky. The 47.50” musky was big fish of the day for Saturday for an extra $500 dollars and another $250 dollar for the Musky Hunter Magazine bonus. The two brothers caught their muskies jigging white Bondy baits in a current area with plenty of shad on the first break line.

In third place was Mike Keyes of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and Brian Schaeffer of Tomahawk, Wisconsin with muskies that were 33.75 inches and 37 inches. The two anglers were casting Team Rhino custom painted Phantom jerk baits that were white and orange to entice their muskies. In Fourth Place was Nick Adams and Shane Horsley of Vanceburg, Kentucky, these two fishermen used shad colored Bulldawgs in deeper water to catch their muskies. Rounding out the top five in fifth place with 34- and 35-inch muskies caught on white Lake X Toads was Chris Riebe of South Elgin, Illinois and Matt Scheinder of Tower, Minnesota. The two anglers were fishing shallow water close to deep water near the dam area using a pull and then pause presentation.

After our event Tournament Director Tim Widlacki thanked the Morehead Tourism for their continued support in hosting this annual event. Also, the official sponsor of this years Cave Run event, Vitaminerals. He also thanked all the major sponsors of the PMTT, including Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Musky Hunter Magazine, Keyes Outdoors, Feldstein’s Jewelers, Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Chaos Tackle and all the other associate and contributing sponsors. Please let these fine people know that you appreciate their promotional efforts in support of fresh waters most challenging fish and those extreme anglers who chase her on the first, best and only truly national professional musky tournament circuit, the PMTT.

Our next event will be the Mercury Marine Summer Challenge in Eagle River Wisconsin on June 22nd & 23rdh. We hope that you will continue to follow the results of this exciting musky season. To obtain more information on becoming a member of the PMTT, or to view event photo album, please visit them on the Web @ www.promusky.com or call PMTT office @: 815-478-4092.


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