Long time favorite destinations of the WMT Series™ and its competitors, the Manitowish Chain, Three Lakes Chain, and the Eagle River Chain are once again on the schedule for the 2013 Pro-MAC™ season and for very good reason, they all have a history of being top producers especially in numbers of fish caught but also with a high number of muskies over 40 inches. This year the WMT Series™ will be traveling back to the Madison Chain of Lakes with a two-day event for the first time since the 2003 season when the Pro-MAC™ opens the season on May 11 & 12, a move that should be very popular with our anglers opening up more productive waters for our competitors. As a prelude to the most prestigious event in muskie fishing, the WMT Series™ Invitational Championship™ on Namakagon Lake September 28th & 29th, the Pro-MAC™ will host a qualifier on Namakagon June 22nd & 23rd making the qualifier "A CANíT MISS" for all serious contenders for the Invitational Championship™. In the thirteen years of the WMT Series™, this is by far the best assembly of two day events in a single season that is sure to produce some extraordinary results for our competing anglers making the 2013 season "as good as it gets".
At the conclusion of the 2012 tournament season, the World Muskie Tournament Series™ (WMT Series™) had set the new standard for muskie tournaments with being the first tournament organization to incorporate two tournament circuits; the Professional Muskie Angler Circuit™ (Pro-MAC™), and the MUSKIE COUNTRY Tournament Circuit™ (MCTC™), with one season ending "Super Championship™" that set the new record for the biggest cash pay-out at a muskie circuit championship. Also a new ceiling was set at the championship when forty three (43) legal muskies (over 34 inches) were registered by the competitors eclipsing the old mark of thirty three that was established on the Sand/Dam Lake Chain in 2007.
To build on our successes of the 2012 season, we will be spreading out our WMT Series™ Championship™ pay-out paying down ten places rather than five with a purse of $140,000.00 (with full fields of scheduled tournaments) equaling a pay-out percentage at the championship of 359% pay-back. Also, we are bumping up the Lapp Trophy™ (team of the year) prize money from offering $5,000.00 (with full fields) in 2012, to offering $20,000.00 (with full fields) in 2013 to the team with the highest points total in the WORLD MUSKIE TOURNAMENT SERIES™ Rankings™ at the conclusion of the last regular seasonís qualifying event. This will all be done while keeping the Pro-MAC™ and MCTC™ Championships (champions determined by virtue of the highest point totals in each tournament circuits) bonus awards at $5,000.00 for each tournament champions (with full fields of scheduled events).
We will be offering all of the previously mentioned additions, and more, while reducing the entry fees at the qualifying tournaments with a fee of $330 per tournament per team. Also, we are going back to our early years of offering $20,000.00 for first place at each 2-day Pro-MAC™ qualifying event (with full fields) and offering $10,000.00 for first place at each 1-day MCTC™ qualifying event (with full fields).
The Pro-MAC™ qualifiers, Muskie Country Tournament Circuit™ qualifiers, and the WMT Series™ Invitational Championship™ remain the best pay-outs in muskie tournament fishingÖbar none. These tournaments were built by tournament anglers, for tournament anglers, with one singular concept in mind, to keep the entry fees as low as possible while paying back as much we can in our attempt to repay muskie tournament anglers for all of their efforts in preserving the muskie fishery for others and future generations. Itís this concept, along with adopting the best procedural methods allowed by the DNR, and the great men, women, and young anglers that have made us the largest and most popular muskie tournament for a decade.
All of our improvements and additions are sure to make for a great season of tournaments for the World Muskie Tournament Series™. We hope you will join in on the fun and excitement.