The Professional Musky Tournament Trail events are the most high profile, exciting, educational and entertaining musky tournaments in the country.
The PMTT’s high energy format has been developed not only with the Pro’s in mind, but also the dozens and dozens of other excellent musky anglers who may have the desire and ability to become Pro’s or just enjoy a little co
mpetition and want to have a good time. Success in the PMTT can take you down many roads, no matter what your skill level. Come join the PMTT and have fun.
Anglers have the opportunity to compete in as many qualifying events as they choose, whether it is just one event or the entire tournament trail. The PMTT contestants will be competing for a cash and prize value that could total well over $220,000 through out the year. With the possibility of winning over $21,000 at every event and over $40,000 in cash and prizes at the year-end Ranger Boats World Championship, the PMTT is taking musky fishing to an all time high, developing the sport and promoting musky conservation.
Good luck to all this coming year and hope to see you on the water.
Take care and good fishing,
Tim Widlacki Tournament Director
It is our desire that we bring to you the same kind of first class, challenging and exciting tourname
nt, that we had always hoped to fish in
TIM WIDLACKI – TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
Tim’s first musky encounter was at the young age of 15. The musky bug took hold instantly and uncontrollably. It had gotten so bad, that in a short time it seemed that he had given up on all other species in order to pursue musky. He had fished many lakes and rivers across the U.S. and Canada during the next 18 years. including in this journey were many tournaments with several high finishes. Observing more and more tournaments start up and grow quickly, one question kept coming to his mind. “Why hasn’t somebody organized by musky tournament trail?” After a few years of awaiting the opportunity to fish in one, the thought occurred to Tim, “Why not start one?”
After discussing it with his father for over a year, he finally convinced him to join in. With many good starting ideas and the help of a few good people, a few meetings were held and the PMTT was born!
BOB WIDLACKI SR – SECRETARY/TREASURER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
Bob was born with a pole in his hand; okay, so it was a cane pole. Fortunately for him, his father was a true pioneer who not only liked to roam the wilds, but also enjoyed his fishing. One of his very first trips to the Hayward, Wisconsin area, he and his father were camping on the “Chip” (Chippewa Flowage) when a musky started to feed right in front of their camp. Bob’s father quickly grabbed his rod and was lucky enough to have the fish strike on his very first cast. After a short battle, he was able to beach the fish. It was Bob’s first meeting with “Mr. Musky,” and he was impressed.
Bob would like to say that was the start of his musky career, but at the age of 10, he was still a “can
e pole guy.” However, as Bob relates, when you have a vacation home in Hayward for more than 30 years, you know sooner or later it is going to happen. It happened to Bob one day when fishing with son Tim, who Bob considers to be a “musky fanatic.” On that fateful day, Tim hooked his first musky, and Bob having nothing but a small walleye net, managed to get the lure hooked onto it while trying to fit Tim’s big fish into it. Tim’s musky did a quick flip-flop and was gone. Maybe it was the look of frustration on Bob’s son’s face, or the blow to his ego that the “big one got away,” but from that moment the battle was on. For the next twenty years, Bob and son Tim have battled Mr. Musky in many U.S. and Canadian waters from Lake of the Woods to Georgian Bay. They haven’t won all the battles, but Bob says they are not through yet.
For the past ten years or so, like so many other musky anglers, Bob has been fishing in musky tournaments with some moderate successes, finishing in the “money” several times.
It is Bob’s hope and desire that with many years of experience both in the business and musky fish
ing world fishing for fun as well as “competition,” he can help assure that the PMTT offers up the kind of tournaments all serious-competitive musky anglers have been looking for.
JAMES STELLA – A/V EFFECTS DIRECTOR & WEBMASTER
Jim first started fishing for muskies as a kid in the 70’s with his father. They would make a couple trips a year to the famed Chippewa Flowage in Hayward, Wisconsin where a good trip was just having a musky follow.
In the early 80’s their interests turned to bass fishing and they replaced their muskie fishing
This time the muskie bug took complete control over him. After that trip, he got rid of everything bass related in his boat and hasn’t looked back since. His dad still tries to get him to fish for bass with him, but as Jim likes to tell his Dad, “The lures I throw, are bigger than the fish you catch.”trips with bass fishing trips throughout the 80’s & 90’s. But one fateful day in April of ’97, while Jim was exploring different bass lakes in Illinois, he went on a trip to southern Illinois’s Lake Kinkaid, for what he thought would be a weekend of bass fishing. During that trip he was reacquainted with his old nemesis, Mr. Muskie.
ED HAAGENSON & BOB WIDLACKI JR – SET-UP COORDINATORS