Kudos to Jeff Ferjutz for acting as Tournament Director for this event. On behalf of the club, Jeff would like to thank everyone who came out to fish, the weather was great for fishing. The storms they were calling for must have missed Leesville. This is a throwback tournament, biggest fish wins. 27 anglers registered with 8 fish being caught. Would like to congratulate Matt Clark who landed a 45″ fish to win the event and Big Fish. Matt also donated $100 back to the Minnow Fund from the big fish pool. Thank you Matt. Hope to see everyone at the Summer Contest at Piedmont on July 21st and July 22nd. Other successful anglers and the fish caught were:
Rick Simposon 30.5″
Syl Trunkett 32″
Will Shawgo 34″
Will Tolerton 34.5″ and 38″
David White 41.5″
Seige Bostick 36″
Hope to see everyone this Saturday, June 9th at Leesville for the Lunge Fest. This event is a one day event, fishing time starts at 7 am til 5 pm. This is a one day throw back event with one winner for the biggest fish to be awarded at next years club banquet. Registration will be at the public ramp between the dam and South Fork Marina from 6am to 7am. Any late comers can contact Jeff on VHF radio 68 to sign up. The entry fee for the event is $10.00 with an optional $10.00 big fish pool. All fish MUST be turned in to Jeff no later than 5:30 pm. This is an honor system event. Both members and nonmembers welcome. This should be a great time, see you on the water!
The 2018 OHMC Division Day was held at Alum Creek Lake on Friday, May 4th. We had vessels of all shapes and sizes depart into the stormy seas after a bit of coffee and donuts. Staff members from the Ohio Division of Natural Resources were being guided for a morning of Muksie fishing by OHMC members. The white-capped chocolate milk made for some very challenging conditions and unfortunately, no fish were caught. As lunchtime approached, there were certainly some interesting attempts to get the boats tied to the curtesy ramps, fortunately, everyone safely moored up. We had some catered food brought in and everyone was able to ‘hold-down’ a meal in the windy conditions. I must offer my most sincere thank you to all of our guides and guests for coming out to brave the harsh conditions. Hopefully next year we can break the 3-year curse of no fish on division day.
Some of us went out to fish for the afternoon and I did manage to connect with a fish which wasn’t too big but was sure nice to hold. Later in the evening, the campground filled in and the stories began to fill the air. There was a new non-sticker boat that was looking to get the skunk off. It is always great to see old friends and new that share the passion of muskie fishing.
Saturday morning, we all hit the water with eager anticipation. The winds had calmed overnight and we were greeted with picturesque weather. Unfortunately, there were no pictures to be taken. The only fish caught was by Treasurer John Ringenbach. We met at the campground for our steak fry and proved that we are a pie-eating club with a fishing problem. I’ve never seen so many pies disappear (I may have contributed to that disappearing act).
On Sunday, the new non-sticker boat got the skunk out. OHMC 2nd VP Rick Simpson helped a young angler when he observed the enormous rod bend that was unmistakably a muskie on a light rod. Rick helped the young angler net the fish, get a couple pics and release a beautiful 49″ fish. That young man will now be a Regular OHMC member and get a free meal at next spring’s banquet.
At the conclusion of the event, Jeff Clark showed us all that he figured out the lake on his first trip to Alum Creek. He turned in two fish to take first place and the big fish cash prize. John Ringenbach finished in second place. Congratulations to our winners who will receive their trophies at our next banquet.
All fish caught: Jeff Clark (32.50″, 33.75″; 14.25 points): John ringenbach (33.00″; 7.00 points)
Once again it is time to prepare for our annual Division Day and Spring Outing. The Division Day will be held on Friday, May 4th at Alum Creek Fork Reservoir in Delaware, Ohio. This is the day where members of the club volunteer to take Division of Wildlife personnel for a day of Muskie fishing.
The Spring Outing and Steak Fry will follow at Alum Creek Reservoir on Saturday, May 5th & Sunday, May 6th. This outing is for club members, their families, and invited guests. Guests must fish with a club member to be eligible for awards. For this event, there is a $15 registration fee per person to help cover the cost of the event. Please remember to buy 50/50, and raffle tickets as these also support the event. The registration will be set up at the Cheshire boat launch ramp. You may register Saturday from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, or by contacting Paul Anderson @ 740-381-8181. You must register before you start fishing!
At 8:00 pm Saturday we will have a potluck dinner at the campground. The club will furnish plates, utensils, and napkins. Make sure to bring a covered dish, your appetite, and a smile. This dinner will also feature a steak fry as usual. The steaks cost $13.00 and must be paid for during registration.
The outing will end on Sunday at 3:00 pm. All caught Muskie must be turned in to an OHMC officer at the launch ramp by 3:30 pm on Sunday to qualify.
Ohio Muskie Show
Makoy Center, Columbus, OH
57th Annual OHMC Awards Banquet
McCalls Banquet Center, Canton, OH
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OHMC Division Day and Spring Outing
Alum Creek Reservoir, Delaware, Oh
Leesville Lake, Leesville, Oh
48th Annual OHMC Summer Contest
Piedmont Lake, Piedmont, Oh
6th Annual Minnow Fund Muskie Outing
Salt Fork Lake, Cambridge, Oh
Milton Muskie Munch
Milton Lake, Lake Milton, Oh