The annual Fall Muskie Tournament was held on Pomme de Terre Lake in Southwestern Missouri on October 5th 6th and 7th.
Friday’s event had 20 boats participating, a total of 7 fish were boated.
Jim “Coach” Wilson/Matt Ginning boated 3 fish, 33 ¾”, 32 ½” and 38” to claim 1st place with 26 ¼ points.
Earle Hammond/Dick McPike boated a 42” fish to claim 2nd place with 16 points and claimed the Big Fish Pot.
Kurt & Patricia Eustice boated a 36” fish to claim 3rd place with 10 points.
Also boating fish were Terry Ambrose a 35” fish and Robert Sawyer a 33 ½” fish.
Saturday / Sunday event had 21 boats participating, a total of 6 fish were boated Saturday.
Billy Pitts boated a 36” fish and won Saturday’s Big Fish Pot.
David Admire boated a 34” muskie
Earle Hammond boated a 30 ¾” muskie
Earle Hammond III boated a 31 ½” and a 35” muskie.
Phyllis Davis boated a 42 ½” muskie, but did not enter the Big Fish Pot.
Sunday saw 4 fish caught
Troy Popes boated a 32 ½”, a 36” and a 31” muskie.
Patricia Eustice boated a 33 ¼” muskie.
The Saturday / Sunday event combined standings were:
Troy Popes & Tom Panek took 1st place with 21 ½ points and took the Big Fish Pot for Sunday.
Earle Hammond & Earle Hammond III claimed 2nd place with 19 ¼ points.
Fred Wehrli/Phyllis Davis claimed 3rd place with 16 ½ points.
Jim “Coach” Wilson boated the most muskies over the 3 days, and won a custom embroidered jacket. Jim “Coach” Wilson beat out Troy Popes by virtue of the points tiebreaker.
The weather for Friday and Saturday had falling water temperature, with overcast skies and intermittent sprinkles. Sunday morning’s air temperature was 33 degrees with clear blue skies from the start
Kevin Richards, Muskies Inc. magazine editor and past MDC muskie coordinator was the guest speaker.
I would like to thank Al and Lindsey, concessionaires at the State Park Marina for opening up early to accommodate the participants.
The 2013 tournament dates are October 4th, 5th and 6th.
Many thanks go to Wayne Humphrey for his efforts which contributed greatly to the workings of a successful tournament. I also thank Earle Hammond and Gary Neely for ad sales for the tournament flyer.
Hope to see you next year.
Matt Ginnings and Jim “Coach” Wilson, 1st Place October 5th 2012 Pomme De Terre Lake Muskie Tournament
Tom Panek and Troy Popes, 1st Place Saturday / Sunday October 6th & 7th 2012 Pomme De Terre Lake Muskie Tournament