The Milwaukee Musky Expo in cooperation with Outdoors First Media and The National Professional Anglers Association is pleased to announce the Second Annual Hand Crafted Musky Lure Building World Championship that will be part of the 2013 Milwaukee Musky expo.  The competition will highlight hand-crafted, hand painted original lures made by talented lure artisans from all over the world.  There has been growing interest regarding custom lures in angling circles as well as internet forums, especially the unbelievable paint jobs which are worthy of being placed in art studios.

The 2012 competition had over 20 original lures and raised over $1300 which was donated to help promote musky fishing education in association with the National Professional Anglers Association.  These lures are created by the most talented craftsmen in the world, and not only do they have to craft a lure with enticing action they have to paint them to attract a musky, and appeal to the discriminating eye of today’s musky fisherman.

The lures will again be displayed at the Outdoors First Media Booth at the show where visitors can look at the lures up close and vote for their favorite one.  Some changes will be made to accommodate additional lure styles and lure crafters, which will in-turn, raise more money for musky education.  The competition will consist of 6 categories including: topwater, crankbait, glide/jerkbait, blade bait, soft plastic and repaint, along with an overall best of show winner.  The competition will also consist of 2 divisions within each category including masters, and amateur for a total of thirteen winners.

Patrons entering the show will be given a judging form in which they can vote for their favorite lure.  A panel of professional judges will also critique the lures and a combined patron and professional vote will decide the winners.  New this year as well, the one of a kind lures will be tested in the musky tank which will show interested fishermen the designated action of each lure.  A silent auction will also be set up this year and will allow more people to bid on the lures which will benefit musky fishing education in cooperation with the National Professional Anglers Association.  Entrants interested in being part of the competition can obtain an entry form from the Milwaukee Expo website.
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