OHMC Fall Outing and Steak Fry

The time has come for the Ohio Huskie Muskie Club’s Fall Outing and steak fry, to be held again this year at Piedmont Lake, Ohio on September 26th and 27th. This event is for current OHMC members, families and guests fishing in their boats. You may sign up as a new member at the event if you know of someone willing to do so. Registration will be at the marina ramp area. Registration will start at 6:30 AM on Saturday morning and continue until 8:00 AM. You may register on Friday if you see an officer. You must register before you start fishing. But if you happen to arrive late you may contact us on VHF channel 68. There is a $15 fee for each entrant participating in this event and we encourage you to support the 50/50 raffle and the rod/reel raffle as these raffles support the club. The outing will end on Sunday at 3:00pm. All MAL cards for muskies caught at this event must be turned in to a club officer at the registration site by 4:00 pm on Sunday to qualify for awards. If you enter your catches online into the MAL you must still do so as we will not be sending in the cards. If you register your catches with the cards, please make sure to take the cards back after we record the catches for the event, as each person is responsible to send in their MAL card to the ODNR. First and Second place trophies will be awarded at our 55th Annual Awards Banquet in March.

We will also have our steak fry and potluck dinner starting at 7:00 PM on Saturday, at the registration area. Please plan on bringing a covered dish to share. The club will provide the utensils. The club will also be taking orders for the steaks. Steaks are $13.00 each and MUST be ordered AND paid in advance. Please mail your order by Wednesday, September 16th so we will have time to order and pick up the steaks. Make checks payable to: The Ohio Huskie Muskie Club, Inc and mail to: 111 Anderson Lane, Bloomingdale Oh 43910. Please get you orders in early, as I will be unable to take last minute phone orders. In the past we have had too much trouble with members ordering late. I will be unable to make any exceptions.

We have had 2 of our last 3 our Fall outings at Piedmont. The turnout and fishing has been great at those as well as at the summer contest this year. The fishing was better than average for that event, and I can personally report that the fishing at Piedmont has been very good this year.  I look forward to seeing you all with full nets on the water!

Piedmont

OHMC & Muskies Inc. Chapter 19 PM Bite Results

The annual OHMC and Muskies Inc. Chapter 19 PM Bite Outing was held at Leesville lake on August 15th, 2015.  We had 31 anglers register and a total of 10 fish caught.

The event started in the AM with a shore lunch at the marina.  Elmer McClure cooked lunch for us and we had plenty of side dishes to choose from as well.  A bait raffle was held and everyone that bought a ticket won a prize.  We also conducted a 50/50 raffle that was won by Tom Johnson.  He kindly donated all of his winnings to the Minnow Fund.

Soon, we hit the water and we had a new member attending his first OHMC event.  Past-President Fred Lederer kindly offered to take our guest out for the day on the water.  This kind of generosity is what sets us apart, and I am thrilled to be affiliated with such a great group of people.

When the dust settled at midnight, a newbie bested all of us to take first place, Congratulations Jim Cole!  I look forward to seeing everyone at Piedmont next month.

1st = Jim Cole (37 & 37 1/2)
2nd = Ray Elkins (44)
3rd = Paul Anderson (41 1/2)

Charlotte Fuchs (38 3/4)
Gloria Roberts (38)
Chuck Land (37 1/4)
Bob Marshall (35)
Seth Ferrell (35)
George Kourkounakis (30)

Thanks to South Fork Marina for hosting the event.

South Fork Marina

Russ and Gloria

Chow time

Tim and Phil

OHMC 45th Annual Summer Contest Results

The 45th annual OHMC Summer Contest was held on July 11th and 12th, 2015 at beautiful Piedmont Lake.  We had 55 anglers register and a total of 40 fish caught including 9 huskies.  The water temperatures ranged from 74 to 84 degrees while the air temperatures were from 60 to 84 degrees.  Most participants came in on Friday or earlier and did some pre-fishing.  Much of the talk on Friday evening was centered on what type of jigging would produce the winning combination.  Some felt that trolling would be the best strategy, while yet others remained steadfast in their belief that a casting approach would be best.

As the sun rose on a wonderful Saturday morning, the rain from the previous evening had vacated and we were left with bluebird skies to greet us.  Registration finished up by 8:00 and many persons headed over to the marina to partake in a buffet breakfast.  With full bellies, the boats left the docks and there were fish in some nets within minutes.  After completing the cleanup, I approached the dock where my boat was tied up and witnessed a club member fall in the water while attempting to tie up at the fuel dock.  Luckily, there was also a marina employee there and soon he and I had pulled the member to safety.  Having done my good deed for the day, I felt like perhaps a Karma fish might come my way.  Perhaps it will, but not on this trip.  I felt fortunate to be able to assist and I know if the tables had been turned that I would have been in safe hands.

We had a couple of new club members that do not have the proper motor on their watercraft to be able to fish Piedmont, but they were interested in attending the event.  I coordinated with other club members and found them some seats.  This type of kindness by our club members is one of the things that make me most proud to be associated with OHMC (“To promote good sportsmanship and brotherhood among men, women, and children.”).  Special thanks go out to the two club members that generously took out two of our newest club members for a day on the water, OHMC Treasurer John Ringenbach and OHMC Member Sam Reichenbach.  You both are truly kind gentlemen that I am fortunate to call friends.

The fishing reports on Saturday were mixed with most boats struggling for a pattern, while a couple of boats seemed to be on their game.  There was talk of clothes hangers and aliens, questions about the dates on the trophies, Beagles and Dachshunds everywhere you looked, and much laughter.  Jerry Rice of CrossBone Baits brought some inventory and there were quite a few other bait deals going on as well.  Jerry also serves as our club grill master and as has become customary, he came in early Saturday evening, fired up the grill, and proceeded to serve up some fantastic steaks for our cookout.  Members brought spring rolls, freshly cooked corn-on-the-cob, blueberry muffins, banana bread, cookies, cake, hot rigatoni, coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, and several other goodies.  Yes, we ate well again!

After dinner, several boats, including myself, headed back into the darkness for a bit of night fishing.  Every boat that went out that evening caught fish.  The big fish for the event was caught during that time by club member Seth Ferrell.  His 48.50” behemoth netted him a cool $230 side pot.

As night turned to daylight, everyone was back on the water and the fishing seemed to improve compared to the previous day.  Quite a few members caught fish on Sunday, and the total number of fish reported demonstrates how great the fishing can be at Piedmont.  We all assembled on Sunday afternoon for the awards, door prizes, and raffles as well as to see just how many fish the Harmons’ had caught and what type of rod and reel Anna would win this time.

Our raffle winners were as follows;  Anna Land won the rod and reel; Rich Daniels won the Lure board, Paul Shepard won the 50/50 ($66), about 30 door prizes were handed out to attendees; and the Grand Prize was won by Marc Arena, owner of Red October Baits.

Our trophies were handed out to the event winners as follows:

First Place: Chad Harmon (30.50”, 31.00”, 32.00”, 33.50”, 35.25”, 37.00”, 43.00”)(60.25 Points)

 Second Place: Chuck Harmon (32.50”, 33.00”, 31.00”, 43.50”)(36.00 Points);

Third Place: Rich Welk (42.00”, 43.00”)(33.00 Points)

Anglers that reported fish are as follows:

Rick Simpson (35.50”, 45.75”)(29.25 Points); Phil Cummings (38.75”, 42.00”)(28.75 Points);  Fred Lederer (33.00”, 44.50”)(25.50 Points);  Loryn Wyeth (37.00”, 38.00”)(23.00 Points);  Seth Ferrell (48.50”)(22.50 Points);  Ray Elkins (35.50”, 37.25”)(20.75 Points);  Elmer McClure (31.50”, 40.00”)(19.50 Points);  Carolyn Lent (34.00”, 36.00”)(18.00 Points);  Jerry Rice (42.00”)(16.00 Points);  Syl Trunkett (39.00”)(13.00 Points);  Kevin LaRoche (38.50”)(12.50 Points);  Matt Clark (38.00”)(12.00 Points);  Troy Oliver (37.50”)(11.50 Points);  Paul Shepard (36.00”)(10.00 Points);  Jason Chamers (30.00”, 32.00”)(10.00 Points);  Tim Smith (34.50”)(8.50 Points);  Mike Sandridge (33.00”)(7.00 Points);  Kevin Proffit (32.00”)(6.00 Points);  Jenna Lederer (31.50”)(5.50 Points)

Thanks to all our trustees for everything you do to make these events go smoothly and thank you to everyone that came out to support our club.

Winners Chad Harmon 1 Chuck Harmon 1 Seth Ferrell Rick Simpson 2 Fred Lederer

Jenna Lederer

Elmer McClure 1 Tim Smith

2015 OHMC Division Day & Spring Outing

The Ohio Huskie Muskie Club hosted our 2015 annual Division Day and Spring Outing from Friday, June 5th through Sunday June 7th, at Alum Creek Reservoir.  Festivities kicked off on Thursday with a boat axle replacement for Past President Fred Lederer.  His weekend would get better!  On Friday Morning, Members of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio, The Ohio Division of Wildlife, and the OHMC, all met at the Boat ramp for a day of Muskie fishing.  Soon, an error on my part by having brought the wrong supply tote, created an opportunity for the strength of our Board of Trustees to be displayed.  Everyone came together to get a list of needed items, and Trustee Stephanie Neville stepped up to get us re-stocked in time for lunch.  As I have indicated in the past, our club is truly blessed to have such a great group of trustees.  Thank you all.

With the glitches behind us, we hit the water and the nets started getting wet immediately.  We had four guests boat their very first muskie, including one tagged fish from the emigration study.  During Division Day, we had 11 OHMC members serve as guides for 9 Division of Wildlife personnel and 3 writers.  There were a total of 9 fish caught by 9 different guests.  After the fishing concluded, we all enjoyed a grilled lunch and a mutual Thank you from each group.  Our winner this year was Dan Kovalaske, the Castaila Fish Hatchery Coordinator.  Dan caught his first muskie, which was a 42” fish, while being guided by club member Phil Cummings.  Congratulations gentlemen!

The weather for all three days was just dandy as we enjoyed our first rain-free Spring Outing in many years.  The air temperatures ranged from 55 to 80 degrees with a mix of clouds to sunny skies.  Our Spring Outing event was conducted simultaneously with a Muskies Inc. Chapter 41 event and both groups enjoyed the atmosphere of cooperation.  With a medical emergency by a club member on the water, many persons came together and got him transported to the hospital where he was treated and released the same day.  Thanks to everyone that helped, it’s nice to know that our membership will drop everything to help a friend in need.

Our clubs had a joint shore lunch together which was catered by a local Boy Scout troop and they did a fantastic job!  We had burgers, brats, corn, cookies, brownies, and many other tasty treats.  Later, in the evening, we had our steak fry and once again, Jerry Rice did a fantastic job cooking all of our steaks.  We enjoyed 16 oz ribeyes and some of the best coleslaw I have had in a long time (Thanks Holly)!  Tim smith cooked us fresh corn-on-the-cob and some members that traveled from more than 4 hours away, took time to bring us side dishes.  Thank you to everyone that contributed to a wonderful meal.  We conducted our traditional raffle prize drawings afterwards and our winners were as follows:  Seth Ferrel won the Rod and Reel, Rick Simpson won the Lure Board, and Doug Miller won the 50/50.

We had 45 persons sign up and had 22 fish of 30” or greater turned in.  We also had many sub-30” fish caught and at least 3 of those fish were successfully scanned with PIT tag readers.   When the results were in, they showed that Fred Lederer had put on a clinic.  He boated 4 fish to take 1st place.  Lou Spezio won 2nd place and the big fish side pot.  Congratulations to our winners, they will receive their trophies at our annual awards banquet next March.

All fish caught are as follows:  Fred Lederer (32.50”, 34.25”, 34.50”, 36.00”)(33.25 Points); Lou Spezio (41.00”, 43.00”)(32.00 Points); Elmer Heyob (38.75”, 40.00”)(26.75 Points); Anna Land (30.00”, 33.50”, 38.00”)(23.50 Points); Bronson Gundlach (35.00”,38.00”)(21.00 Points); John Ringenbach (39.00”)(13.00 Points); Rick Simpson (31.50”, 32.00”)(11.50 Points); Cliff Honeycutt (35”)(9.00 Points); Jack Moga (34.75”)(8.75 Points); Holly Neville (34.00”)(8.00 Points); Tom Watson (34.00”)(8.00 Points); Jeff Ziol (32.00”)(6.00 Points); William Neville (31.00”)(5.00 Points)

Thank you to everyone that came and I hope to see you all next month at Piedmont.

Dan Kovalaske

Fred Lederer

Lou Spezio

 

 

Jack, Holly, and William Neville

Kevin Kayle

Dean Silverthorn

John Ringenbach

Mike Greenlee

Jill Connor

Paul Anderson

Tim Parker

John Ringenbach

Jack Moga

Jerry Rice

Tim Parret

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