Fishermen Compete in Musky Tournament Submitted: 08/16/2014

Nolan Blair

EAGLE RIVER - Over 1200 fishermen will compete in the 2014 Musky Tournament National Championship Open in Eagle River this weekend.

The fishermen enjoy their time out on the lake.

"I think it's just being on the water and fishing," said Warren Erdman, a competitor in the open. "Keeping your fingers crossed to get that next big strike."

Fishing can also grow strong relationships over a lifetime.

"It's good comradery," Erdman said. "The four of us have been fishing for quite a while already and that what we come for."

There can be plenty of memories to share later back at the cabin.

"Things have happened that are wonderful stories," said Dan Row, a competitor from Glencoe, Minnesota. "I guarantee you that they get tossed around at the cottage."

"A certain person who I shall not name but is in the same boat as me now was going to hook another bait on his line," Row said. "He took out the bait and checked it good and he forgot to hook it onto his liter. He tossed it over the side like he had put it on the liter and there went one of his brand new baits."

Fisherman like Erdman and Row can be great mentors for the young competitors.

"Those other guys have to teach us and instill it in us young-ins," said Glenn Mergraff, a competitor who is in college. "It's definitely something we are going to pass on to our families."

Fishing can be the best part of the summer for Wisconsin natives.

"It's fishing until you have to go back to school," Mergraff said. "It's a bummer once you do cause this is definitely the highlight."

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