The 1st Annual Mountaineer Musky Jam - 3 WV lakes - Stonewall Jackson, Stonecoal, and Burnsville. *Note- Stonecoal does have a 9.9HP restriction.
Event isMay 14, 15 , & 16, 2021. Fishing is the 15 & 16, but that Friday evening the 14th we will have an in person mandatory captains meeting at Stonewall. Check in This is an event we have been wanting to throw for years and 2021 this "WV MEGA" tournament is becoming a reality. Cut off for early registration is March 27. After that the fee goes up $100 and the final cut off date to register at all is May 1.. Early registration is encouraged and really helps us plan better and insure a smooth event.
Rules and more details to come. But they will be almost the same as any of our previous tournaments. Few differences- We will have a Captains meeting Friday May 14 at Stonewall, which is mandatory so please work that out with your travel/work plans. Check in will open at 4PM and run to 530PM. We will have some light appetizers and drinks at the check in. At 5:30PM we will have the captains meeting and review the rules and take any questions. We hope to wrap this up at 6PM. Hopefully we can all head over to TJ Muskies afterwards to eat some food and enjoy some cold beverages. This will be inside the main lodge in the "Stonewall Ballroom 1" - Ask the front desk if you need help on where it is located within the lodge.
As far as points, it will be like all of our other tournaments. 10" for a 30" musky, one additional point per 1/4" after 30 inches. Photo with the angler and code for the day, and also a bump board photo. The bump board photo will not need a code, just the sticker color of the day visible. Please remove all other stickers from your bump board from any previous tournaments. If the board is kinked in any of the photos you will be docked 12 points, Which is equivalent to 3 inches. It is always safe practice to take your photos and then let the musky rest in the bag, in the water while you check your pictures. Obviously if the entire musky is not visible on the board, it will be a DQ on that fish. Tail pinch is legal. We will go by the longest "1/4" inch mark that the tail breaks. Example, the tip of the tail barely goes beyond 44.25" then that musky will score at 44.25", not 44.50. It would have to break the plane of the 44.5 inch mark to score as a 44.5.
Location services MUST BE ON your phones so this shows up in the photos time stamp.. Also, we ask that the photo you take with the angler holding the musky shows the back ground. This will just help confirm that you are on one of the three lakes.
Casting & Trolling is allowed. Only 2 rods in the water at any time, and only two baits at anytime. No A-rigs, No running two crank baits on one rod, etc, you get the idea. No live bait.
Fishing hours below. If you are wondering why the later start Saturday, it is because of bass tournaments the same day and this is how the DNR asked me to structure it to avoid any ramp congestion.
Fishing hours: Saturday 8AM - 5PM
Fishing hours: Sunday 7:30AM - 1:30PM
You have to remain on the same lake each day. You can switch lakes Day 2 if you wish. But whichever lake you start on for a day, you must finish the day out on that lake.
Entry is $800 per boat. Two person teams only, no single man teams for this one. Pay to play in this one! We ended up with 27 boats, here is the final payout. 1 out of every 9 boats will cash a check. Top 3 will also receive trophies, all 3 places will be the big trophies we do with the musky on top and the big "man cave" checks that we do.
2nd - $5,500
3rd - $4,600
We will have food at the lakeside Pavilion Sunday at 3PM. This is the same pavilion we use during the Musky in the Mountains Tournament each fall. We will probably do pizza. We will eat, announce top 5, and hand out trophies and checks to the TOP 3 TEAMS. The goal will be to wrap up by 4PM so you can be on your way.
*If you think you may have placed, please bring your bump board Sunday.
BIG FISH BONUS - $250 to Saturday Big Fish. $250 to Sunday Big Fish! Big thanks to Rick Hoover of Red Man Builders in PA for making this donation to Big Fish.