The 2013 Muskie Country™ schedule of tournaments is the best it has ever been for a season of Muskie Double Header™ events during a single season. This year the top producing and most popular one day events have been assembled together that is sure to yield great and exciting results. For the first time in two years, Butternut Lake and the Phillips Chain have been separated back to being single day events…back to back, along with the Pike/Round Lake Chain and Squirrel Lake because each body of water is too great a fishery on its own and too popular to break up the field. Also, the Sand/Dam Lake Chain will be back as a single day event coupled with the very popular Eagle River Chain as a one day event that is sure to be a "crowd pleaser". The popularity of Pewaukee along with the big fish of Okauchee will once again create deserving interest. Lac Vieux Desert, North/South Twin, Bone Lake and Wapogasset, Mohawksin and Boom Lakes all have trophy potential that rounds off a schedule that is stronger than ever!
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 season's 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 fishing…bar 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. It's 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.