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58th ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET March 23rd, 2019

It is time for our Fifty-Eighth Annual Ohio Huskie Muskie Club, Inc. business meeting and awards banquet. We will once again host our activities at the McCalls Banquet Center. The address is 130 Faircrest St. SW, Canton, OH 44706 ( 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). The food is always delicious and the banquet in a nice large facility near the geographic center of our membership. Holding our banquet in the Akron-Canton area the last six years has been very successful 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 2020 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, Sherbet, 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, 17712 Edgewater Dr., Lakewood, OH 44107.

Registrations for the dinner and seating will be held in the hall at the entrance to the ball room. 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 16th as we need to notify the facility of our exact number by Mar. 17th. DO NOT WAIT to send in your reservation for this annual celebration.  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 memorylane 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 inc-dental catch. This data is crucial to the ODNR for tracking growth rates at each stocked lake. Finally, the OHMC will be conducting our 21stSwap 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.

2019 Summer Contest Raffle

The Ohio Huskie Muskie Club will be kicking off the 2019 Summer Contest Raffle at the Ohio Musky Show January 11th thru January 13th.   The prize will include a one week stay at the Studio Cabin donated by Leesville North Fork Marina.  Newly remodeled (see pictures below), the cabin is a great home base to chase Leesville’s muskies.   While fishing, you will be able to cast to your heart’s content with a custom rod built by Excalibur Rodworks’ Fred Lederer.  Check out the pictures below, the rod is built on a St. Croix blank with the finest components.   The rod will be perfect for jerk baits and jigging and is equipped with a Calcutta 400 B reel spooled with 80# Power Pro line.  To store those jerk baits and Bondy baits, you will have a fantastic tackle box built by Muskie Train’s Mike Mordas.   The box is perfect for storing all size baits and is built to give you a view of everything in the box at one time.   By the time you receive your prize, the tackle box will be full of new lures from a wide selection of great lure manufacturers.  To measure your giant, you will also receive a brand new bump board from the folks at MuskieBumper, the best boards out there.   Finally, to keep you cool and hydrated during those hot summer days, you will have a Yeti cooler to keep sandwiches, drinks and snacks cool and fresh donated by InCom Supply of Pittsburgh.  The retail value of this grand prize easily exceeds $2,000.  Tickets will be $20 each or 3 for $50.

OHMC 2019 Events

Ohio Muskie Show

January 11-13

Makoy Center, Columbus, OH


58th Annual OHMC Awards Banquet

March 23

McCalls Banquet Center, Canton, OH


Muskie Max

March 2-3

Printscape Arena, Canonsburg, Pa.


OHMC  Spring Outing

May 4-5

West Branch, Portage County

West Branch Reservoir




Leesville Lungefest

June 8

Leesville Lake, Leesville, Oh



49th Annual OHMC Summer Contest And Division Day

July 19-21

Salt Fork Lake, Cambridge, Ohio





7th Annual Minnow Fund Muskie Outing

September 28-29

Pymatuning Lake, Ashtabula County




 Muskie Munch

October 19

Piedmont Lake, Piedmont, Oh




Milton Muskie Munch Results

Saturday turned out to be a typical October day for 2018, heavy mist, drizzle, and rain at times with temperatures from 40 to 45 degrees.  Lake Milton was also in the middle of a major drawdown, probably dropping a couple feet during the week.  With all that being said, 16 hearty anglers gave it a try to catch the longest fish of the day.  Some of the smarter boats had nice enclosures with rumored heaters and even stoves to cook Ramon noddle lunches.  Others had the opportunity to test out a beautiful fiberglass multi species boat just purchased days before.  When all was said and done, John Ringenbach, guided by Tim Smith in that new boat, was able to claim first prize with a very lengthy 31.5″ fish, beating out two catfish and a sub.  Though he was lucky Ricky Bobby Bondy was not able to land two fish most likely stretching beyond 32″. Given the results, the big fish pool was donated to the Minnow fund earmarked for a few more fingerlings to be stocked in Lake Milton next year.  This was our last event of the year, thanks to all for supporting OHMC throughout the year, and see you and the banquet in 2019.

Milton Muskie Munch

Our final tournament of the year will be a 1 day event at Lake Milton Saturday, October 27th. Registration will be held at the Pointview ramp starting at 6:30 am. Fishing times will be from 7am-5pm with fish being turned in NO later than 5:30pm. Entry will be $15 with a $5 Big Fish pool. The event is open to all.  The longest fish of the tournament will determine the winner.  Hope to see everyone there!!

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