Who said musky fishing was difficult?
Jeremy Schneider of Stratford, Ontario made it look easy last Sunday. Fishing in the Niagara River for his first time ever, he used one of his own homemade baits just 30 minutes into the Tim Wittek Memorial Musky Tournament to catch the winning fish – a 50-1/2-inch muskellunge – in the iron man contest. It helped that he was fishing with longtime musky angler Joe Wilczewski of Tonawanda.
Before his day was completed, though, Schneider also measured the third-place fish in the contest – a 46-inch fish caught on a Red October Bait tube. Not bad. We should probably mention these two fish were also his two biggest muskies jigging and trolling in 15 years of fishing. Second place for the Niagara Musky Association contest was John Pensyl of Lockport (fishing with Josh Kane) with a fat 48-inch ‘sky. He was also jigging a Red October Bait tube.
Other notable catches included a 46-inch musky reeled in by Daniel Lacko of Kenmore, a 43-inch fish hauled in by Andrew Lacko of Kenmore (Dan’s father) and Andrew Porzio of East Aurora with a 40-inch ‘lunge. A total of 28 anglers competed in the friendly catch-and-release contest, registering and releasing 16 fish. A great day was had by all. And, yes, musky fishing is difficult.