Ziehler Claims MFL 19' Title
Battle to the Last Trout!
The anticipation of another trout trip for the NAPRA Nation anglers was slightly subdued by cold weather, nasty winds, and raging rivers. Well, the battle for the MFL Crown came down to a bountiful day on the Au Sable as always. Here is the full updated report.
The first stop on the tour was the Big Creek near Luzerne Michigan. Anglers battled a narrow stream, tons of timber and stingy fish to see whom could catch the biggest trout. Pete Ziehler's fourth cast with a 1/4 oz. yellow Panther Martin produced a 9.5" trout and the largest one of the event. Ziehler picked up a prize pack including items from MFL sponsors Snack Daddy Lures, Maniac Custom Lures, and Ty Gy's Lures.
The second event was a journey to the Sturgeon River and a very swift current was the true winner. Josh Nelson and Pete Ziehler ventured to a natural low dam and lost tackle in search of a narrow pool bound to score fish. Ziehler used a Chuck Booker designed 1/3 oz' spinner to managed a 13" trout in the deep pool. This would prove the winner of event #2.
The third event was a trip to a new spot for the MFL. The Pigeon River north of Vanderbilt (MI) proved perfect for Nathan Waters as his first casts scored a 13.5" trout that was the beauty of the trip. His win scored him great prizes from Panther Vision, Vic Coomer Lures, and @MFYD Baits. It also put him 2 points behind Ziehler heading into the MFL Cup on the Foote Dam.
The MFL Cup on the waters below the Foote Dam was to be the bounty of the trip. Steelies ranging from 5 to 12 lbs. were caught there and the anglers had that catch in mind. Well, while the big steelhead and Atlantic didn't cooperate the small browns, brooks, and rainbows sure did. Ziehler hit a spot across from the Foote Dam bridge to score a run of fish that the entire field cashed in on. Over 200 fish were caught in 4 hours including some with 50 plus to their total. Dave Schaller's 10.5" steel head was edged by a 12" brown caught by Ziehler. This secured the MFL Cup for Ziehler and a great conclusion for all in the MFL.
Pete Ziehler 398 pts
Nate Waters 394
Dave Schaller 393
Ken Carter 392
Josh Nelson 98
*** Incidentally Dave Schaller's 398 points moved him from 10th to 8th all time in NAPRA career Points passing vets Chris Fetterman and Tim HIll. Ziehler's 3 wins put him as the 2nd angler in NAPRA history to reach 20 wins. His 22 are still 38 behind the legend of NAPRA, one Karl Halley (60 career wins).
Here are pics with descriptions! Thanks to Mio Pine Acres Cabins Campground, Bear's Den Pizzeria, the town of Mio, Michigan for hosting us yet again!
MFL #1 Sturgeon River Stampede
Coming May 1st, 2019