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.
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