5th Annual Minnow Fund Muskie Outing

2017 Minnow Fund Muskie Outing Logo

Where & When: Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield, Oh, May 6th & 7th, 2017

Fees: $25 per adult entry; $10 per youth entry

Big Fish Pool: $15 per person with payout of $10 per person entered.

Friday, May 5th from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM; Field Behind Marina
Saturday, May 6th, from 6:00 AM until 8:00 AM; Shelter

Pancake Breakfast (Free):
Saturday, May 6th, from 6:00 AM until 8:00 AM; Shelter

Appreciation Dinner (Free):
Saturday, May 6th, 7:00 PM; Shelter

Event Fishing Hours:
Begin on Saturday, May 6th, at 6:00 AM
End on Sunday, May 7th, at 2:00 PM

Awards, Raffles, & Door Prizes:
Sunday, May 7th, at 3:00 PM; Shelter
Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Youth Big Fish
Door Prizes: Baits, Coolers, Boat Towels & More
Raffles: Lure Board
Rod & Reel Combination

Merchandise: T-Shirts & Event Logo Stickers

Contact: Paul Anderson 740.381.8181 OHMC.Paul@yahoo.com

56th ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET April 1st, 2017

It is time for our Fifty-Sixth Annual Ohio Huskie Muskie Club, Inc. business meeting and annual awards banquet. We have the same location again this year with the festivities being held at the McCalls Banquet Center. The address is 130 Faircrest St. SW, Canton, OH 44706 (www.mccallsrb.com). Directions: From I-77 take exit 103. Proceed South on SR-800 (Cleveland Ave SW) (1.8 Mi.); Turn Right onto Faircrest St. SW (0.1 Mi.) Mccalls in on the left-hand side (South).
Last year several club members indicated that they were very satisfied with the restaurant and they indicated that the food was delicious. We remained here this year in an attempt to maintain the high quality of our meal and facilities. The banquet in a nice large facility is near the geographic center of our membership. Holding our banquet in the Akron-Canton area the last four years has resulted in a significant increase in attendance, and we hope that trend continues this year. If you haven’t previously attended, or have not attended for a while, please come out and join the fun.
The annual business meeting will be held from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the ballroom, followed by a one-hour social time. All members are urged to attend. During the business meeting, you will be electing new officers and choosing your 2018 summer contest lake. We will also be considering many other issues. You must be a paid up member to vote in the meeting.
The banquet opening will start at 6:00 PM followed by our dinner and award presentations. The banquet meal will be $30 per person for adults and $15 for age 15 and under. The meal will be a buffet featuring Baked Chicken, Sausage and Peppers, McCalls Signature Potatoes, Green Beans, Rigatoni, Garden Salad, Bread & Butter, Sherbert, and Coffee or Tea or Soda.
Please make your check or money order for the banquet meal and/or membership dues payable to “Ohio Huskie Muskie Club” or “OHMC” and mail to: OHMC; 111 Anderson Lane; Bloomingdale, OH 43910.
Registrations for the dinner and seating will be held in the hall at the entrance to the ballroom. During registration, all guests will receive a muskie bait as a door prize. You will also arrange your seat designation during registration. Seating assignments will be first come – first served. We are concerned that you be able to sit with the party that you came with and will make every effort to accommodate you with the limited seating.
Banquet reservations must be received by March 24th as we need to notify the facility of our exact number by March 25th. DO NOT WAIT to send in your reservation for this annual celebration. We cannot accept registrations received later, so please don’t ask. Mail your registration early!
As usual, we will have a, 50/50 drawing, and merchandise raffles. Be sure to get your tickets at our registration table. As we did last year, we will also have fishing-related games for your entertainment.
Vendor and swap meet tables will be set up for your convenience near the registration area. Also, please bring your favorite Muskie photo to display on our memory lane board. You should gather your own photos at the end of the event to be returned to your collection.
Annual catch data from the MAL program will be available at the banquet for your review. Remember to suggest the MAL to anyone that you encounter that either targets muskies or has an incidental catch. This data is crucial to the ODNR for tracking growth rates at each stocked lake.
Finally, the OHMC will be conducting our 20th Swap Meet for you to participate in. The “Tackle Lure, Swap, Buy Meet” will be held at the same time that vendors are displaying their tackle. The time for the “Swap Meet” set-up is 12:00 PM and will last until 5:30 PM. We have a limited amount of tables that will be available for this event. If you have any old tackle, lures, or any other fishing items that you would like to trade, sell, or give away, please include a note when you return your registration. We look forward to seeing you.

2017 OHMC Event Dates

Ohio Muskie Show: January 20-22, Makoy Center, Hilliard OH

Muskie Max: March 4-5, Doubletree Hotel, Cranberry PA

OHMC Annual Awards Banquet: April 1, McCalls Banquet Center, Canton OH

OHMC & ODNR Division Day: May 5, Clearfork Reservoir, Mansfield OH

Minnow Fund Muskie Outing: May 6-7, Clearfork Reservoir, Mansfield OH

OHMC Summer Contest: July 15-16, Salt Fork Lake, Cambridge OH

OHMC & MI Chapter 19 PM Bite: August 19-20, Leesville Lake, Leesville OH

OHMC Fall Outing: September 30 & October 1, Caesars Creek Lake, Waynesville OH

Hawg Hunt Hoedown: November 11, West Branch Lake, Ravenna Oh

2016 OHMC Fall Outing Results

The 2016 OHMC Fall Outing was held at Piedmont Lake on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday September 25th, 2016.  Most of the anglers showed up Friday evening for registration being conducted by Treasurer John Ringenbach.  The full complement of the board of trustees was on hand to greet our guests and answer any questions.  Soon the daylight faded and the cold beverages began to flow.  Nobody got carried away though as we were all focused on the opportunity at hand.  Piedmont has been very kind to our group over the last six years.  We all felt that there would be lots of fish caught during this event.

Early Saturday morning, the boats slipped off their trailers and disappeared into the mist of a cool autumn morning.  Within the first hour of fishing, while some of us were still drinking coffee and registering anglers, there were reports of fish being caught.  Yes, this was surely going to be an event with lots of fish caught.  Most of us remembered our boat keys and were on the water early in the day.

We had father-son teams, husband wife teams, brothers, friends, and lone-wolf anglers all searching for their own version of a successful weekend.  As for myself, I had a very successful weekend, saw my friends, ate good food, and enjoyed a fantastic two day boat ride.  Going 0 for 5 on fish really doesn’t bother me in hindsight, sure I’d like to have caught fish, but I never measure an outing’s success by the number of fish in my net.

By Saturday evening, it was apparent that the fish were not cooperating.  Piedmont was being greedy for the first time in many years.  We assembled for some brontosaurus-burger sized ribeye’s cooked to perfection by Jerry Rice and Fred Lederer.  We had the corn-on-the-cob that has become a staple of our events thanks to Tim Smith.  Members showed up with so much great food that it even exceeded my high expectations.  Thanks to everyone that brought side dishes.  Next, we drew our raffle prizes.  Our general raffle featured lots of great baits and other miscellaneous goodies, from which the membership selected.  I was fortunate to win the rod-n-reel combination, Bob McCloud won the lure board, and Phil Cummings won the 50/50 which he promptly donated back to the Minnow Fund (THANK YOU!).

A handful of us headed into the darkness for some night fishing hoping that the lockjaw of the daytime had turned into and evening feeding frenzy.  But, alas, all we did was wash baits and enjoy the amazing view of the nighttime sky without any light pollution.

Sunday, the bite finally picked up with several anglers reported fish hitting the grandmas and jakes.  The casters carried this event though as those of us who primarily troll took it on the chin this time.  At 3:45 we assembled for the tally of results which read as follows:  43 anglers registered and 17 fish 30 inches or larger reported as being caught.  The Big-Fish side pot of $195 went to Chuck Harmon with a beautiful 47” beast.  First place went to Dave White, second place went to Chuck Harmon, and Third place went to Jeff Ferjutz.  Congratulations to all our winners who will receive their trophies at our annual awards banquet in March.  Thank you to our entire board of trustees for all your hard work and to all our members that showed up to make this another successful event.

All fish reported as being caught:  Dave White (33.00”, 41.50”, 43.50”; 40.00 points): Chuck Harmon (37.00”, 47.00”; 32.00 points): Jeff Ferjutz (38.00”, 39.00”; 25.00 points): Chad Harmon (34.00”, 35.5”; 17.50”): Matt Clark (41.25”; 15.25 points): Jason Chalmers (40.00”; 14.00 points): Fred Lederer (38.00”; 12.00 points): Jeff Clark (35.00”; 9.00 points): Gloria Roberts (34.00”; 8.00 points): Greg Starkey (32.00”; 6.00 points): Greg Hastings (31.75”; 5.75 points): Chuck Land (30.00”; 4.00 points).

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OHMC & M.I. Chapter 19 PM Bite Results

The 2016 OHMC and MI Chapter 19 Joint PM Bite was held Saturday August 20th at Leesville Lake.  We had 36 anglers register and 5 fish caught.  Participants began showing up around 10 AM at the host site of South Fork Marina.  Keith Ott, the owner of the marina had a Big-top tent set up for the day’s activities.  Elmer McClure and Rick Simpson worked the grill cooking up some great burgers and dogs.  Tim Smith worked the raffles while Phil Jarvis and Fred Lederer jumped in and helped fill in gaps.  Meanwhile, John Ringenbach and Jason Chalmers conducted registration.  We took our fill of lunch and then Tim started drawing winning tickets.  Jason Chalmers won the trip to Chataqua, Dan Braun won the 50/50, and every participant won a raffle prize.

Soon, we all hit the water to take in a day of pleasant breezes and sunshine.  The fish just would not cooperate.  They were there for all to see, holding tight to the thermocline around 20 feet down.  Mike Sandridge used his clinefinder to let me know that while we were seeing water temperatures as high as 85 degrees at the surface, the warmth extended all the way down to a reading of 77 degrees at 20 feet.  The drop was nearly instant after that with a reading of 66 degrees at 21 feet.  So, with the fish so tight to the cline, some anglers chose to cut their spools loose and send-em way back.  Lengths of 120 and more were being employed and finally late in the evening a small bite window opened.  The frontal system had arrived as evidenced by the dark clouds near sunset.  The window was short, but for a few lucky anglers it proved to be enough before the rain showed up at the closing bell.

When we assembled at the tent a little after midnight, the tally board showed that Paul Shepard had landed a 38.50” (12.50 Point) fish that swam off strong.  I witnessed the catch and was really impressed with the speed and care which was taken to get a good release by both Paul and his uncle Jim.  Coming in third place with a 39.75” (13.75 Point) fish was OHMC past-president Fred Lederer.  Finishing in second place with a 41.75” (15.75 Point) fish was MI Chapter 19 past-president Mike Sandridge.  Meanwhile the winner of the lucky-dog big fish and first place was OHMC President Paul Anderson who caught two fish measuring 34.00” and 43.00” (25.00 points).  Our winners will be presented their trophies at the annual banquet this coming March.

I’d like to offer my most sincere thanks to all those who so generously volunteered their time and effort to organize and coordinate this event.  I was not coming to fish and had to lean on my support network due to work commitments.  When a last minute itinerary change allowed me to be home for a day, I took full advantage and scrambled to get my better half, my lucky dog and my boat out to the lake.  I was not surprised a bit when I showed up to find a well-oiled machine humming along.  We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful dedicated group of trustees.  Many thanks to all the members of both clubs that came out to support our groups.  I hope you all made some memories and I sure hope to see you again next month at Piedmont for our Fall Outing.

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