Muskie tournament fishermen Ross Korpela and John Adkins, both of Carlton, have scored again. The pair won the Professional Muskie Tournament Trail contest Sept. 13-14 on the Detroit River at Detroit, Mich., and took home just under $10,000.
Last fall, they took third place in the PMTT’s championship event, and in 2004 they took a third place in a PMTT special event on Cass Lake.
"We’ve definitely established a line of success," said Korpela, 34. "We’ve become competitive, and that’s what we want to do."
The Detroit victory qualified the team for the PMTT championship event Oct. 11-12 on Lake Bemidji at Bemidji.
Korpela and Adkins caught two muskies in the Detroit event, one 44 inches long and the other 40¼ inches long. A third was under the contest’s 30-inch minimum.
They caught the fish after researching the Detroit River area and corresponding with Detroit River fishing guide Jon Bondy. They used a 7-ounce "Bondy Bait," made by Bondy, bounced off rocks and stumps in 14 to 16 feet of water along a weed bed. The bait imitates a goby, a kind of forage fish that muskies feed on.
"Research ahead of time, in this case, was crucial," Korpela said.