What a beautiful October day. Definitely started cool with some heavy fog but once the sun did its magic, we had calm waters and warm temperatures. Twenty anglers signed up for the one day tournament where the largest fish wins. A total of 13 fish were caught with the winner coming down to a difference of 0.5 inches. August Horvath had a great day catching his personal best of 44″ early then topping that with a really nice 46″ fish. However Ray Elkins, guided by Elmer McClure, was able to land a chunky 46.5″ beauty. In addition to Ray and August’s fish, Elmer McClure got a 32″, Ray Elkins also got a 41.5″ and 34″, David White landed a 41.5″, 38.5″, 36″ and 34″, Mike Cline 33.5″, Scott Donahew 34″ and Jason Chalmers 32″.
Tim Smith and I had a great day introducing Brian and Keith from Cleveland Fishing Company to muskie fishing. We were not able to get a fish in the boat for them but they did have the experience of two hits but no hookups. In both cases, muskies ripped new bulldawgs to show their presence.
For all of us who “Fish the Land”, Cleveland Fishing Company has fantastic apparel to wear proudly as we catch those Ohio muskies. Check out their website: https://clevelandfishingco.com/ Their clothes, hats and sun scarves are very high quality. They also have a steelhead contest going on with our very own Brownie Joe Thomas.
Saturday October 19th is the Muskie Munch at Piedmont. A one day tournament where the longest fish of the day is the winner. The event is open to all, members and non members. Registration will be from 7 am to 8 am in the Piedmont Marina parking lot. Tournament fishing hours will be from 7:30 am to 5 pm. All fish need to be turned in by 5:30 pm also at the Piedmont Marina parking lot. Entry fee is $15 with an optional big fish pool of $5.
Two beautiful days greeted 37 anglers at Pymatuning Lake this past weekend for the outing to support the Minnow Fund. Friday night Tim Smith and Phil Ringenbach cooked up perfectly cooked walleye and freshly cut french fries to a gathering of about 25 anglers. A few beers might have been consumed also. Saturday morning , final sign up was at the Duck N Drake who provided fresh coffee and a nice donation in support of the Minnow Fund. Pymatuning Lake gave up some of her fish on Saturday, with anglers catching 9 fish for the day, with one boat getting a triple. Saturday evening, Tim Smith and Jerry Rice cooked up hamburgers and hotdogs for a hungry crew, who went above and beyond supporting the raffles of a lure board, rod and reel and 50/50 prize.
Sunday was another great day, with 7 fish caught by 2 pm. The final results were announced at 2:30 at the Duck N Drake with big fish being won by Dave Rankin with a 45″ tank. For the tournament, Paul Anderson won with two fish, a 36″ and 43.75″ and second place was captured by Bob Basic with a 37.5″ and 38″. Here are the remaining fish caught:
Jerry Rice 39″, Jeff Ferjutz 35.5″ and 38.75″, Fred Lederer 38.5″, Matt Clark 32″, Jeff Dvorak 35.5″, Joe Tenebria 35.5″, Al Dawes 30″, Russ Roberts 37″ and 37″ and Phil Cummings 40″.
The outing was able to raise over $1,100 for the Minnow Fund, which will be added to the Club’s Minnow Fund account for donation to the ODNR next spring.
Thank you all for the tremendous support.
Below are some pictures from the event. The one with the special background might have been in reaction to the author of this note checking out the backgrounds on some fish caught the prior weekend. Bob was puzzled about how long it was taking me to look at his pictures.
This outing is to be held September 28-29 at Pymatuning Lake! The OHMC is very happy to be heading back to Andover after not being there for a while! This outing is OPEN to the public.
Pre-registration will be held Friday night the 27th at Ohio State Campground site 116 from 6 pm-8 pm. The clubs officers/trustees will serve a free walleye fish fry to those that sign up.
The OHMC is happy to announce that Duck-N-Drake tackle shop has teamed up with us for this event! Registration Saturday morning will be held at Duck-N-Drake, (7038 Pymatuning Lake Rd. Andover OH. 44003) from 7 am-8 am. Birches boat ramp is directly across the street, please park there and walk over so we don’t fill their parking lot.
Fishing starts at 7 am.
Saturday night the club will provide hotdogs and hamburgers from 6:30 pm-8 pm at the pavilion located at the north beach at the causeway. There will be a rod and reel raffle, a 50/50 raffle and a lure board raffle.
Sunday fishing will end at 2 pm. Catches must be reported NO LATER then 2:30 pm to an officer at Duck-N-Drake.
This outing is $20 with an optional $5 BIG FISH. All funds raised go directly to the Minnow Fund! Hope to see you there
Great time at Salt Fork this past weekend, it was hot but we got through it just fine. 23 anglers signed up, we had lunch Saturday and drew all the raffles.
Winner of the grand prize was Charlotte Fuchs, 50/50 raffle winner was Jeff Clark, and also raffles off a bunch a baits.
There was one legal fish caught by Matt Clark, a 31.5” Muskie which took 1st place and Big Fish! Matt also caught a sub on Sunday.
Next event is also open to the public which is the Minnow Fund Outing at Pymatuning on September 28/29. Hope to see everyone there, this is the one to be at! All proceeds go directly to the state to fund the Muskie program.