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.

46th Annual OHMC Summer Contest Results

The 46th annual Ohio Huskie Muskie Club Open Summer Contest was held July 9th and 10th, 2016 at West Branch State Park. Festivities were centered in the park campground and most participants had a campsite near the headquarters. The group of anglers showed up with smiles and eager anticipation of the opportunity to catch the fish of 10,000 casts. We all set up our tents, campers, and in-vehicle sleeping accommodations. Soon conversations migrated toward catching-up with old friends and greeting new ones. It is truly a joy to call such a great group of people friends.

Temperatures varied from 86 to 65 degrees during event hours and the only precipitation was a light rain shower very late on Friday evening. There was picturesque mostly sunny skies with a light breeze to ease the heat for both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday evening, we assembled for dinner with the centerpiece being fantastic 16oz Ribeye steaks grilled by OHMC 2nd V.P. Rick Simpson. Meanwhile OHMC Secretary Tim Smith cooked his amazing fresh corn-on-the-cob after setting up the club headquarters. There were many side dishes and no one left hungry. We had OHMC 1st V.P. Jeff Ferjutz selling club merchandise while Trustees Mike Reed and Phil Jarvis sold tickets for the raffle prizes. A special thanks to OHMC Treasurer John Ringenbach for conducting registration, setting up the raffle tables, and banner.

After dinner, we paused for a moment of silence in memory of long-time OHMC trustee George Dickson. The members were informed that the club had donated an additional $1,000.00 toward the purchase of minnows for this year’s fingerlings. Next, we drew door prizes for every person in attendance. We had Rich Daniels win both our Rod and our 50/50 drawings. Meanwhile, Amy Kyler won the lure board. Finally, we drew Craig Kinney as the winner of the Grand Prize of the shimano curado 300 reel, a custom built Robert Neville rod, a week stay at Leesville South Fork Marina, and a lexan tackle box full of baits. Thank you to all who purchased tickets and donated time, materials, or both toward this year’s prize. Our club generated $2,762.26 from this prize and kept our treasury healthy and able to donate to help support the stocking of muskies as needed.

We had 40 anglers register and a total of 24 fish reported as being caught. First Place went to Chad Harmon for the second straight year. Second Place went to Chuck Harmon for the second straight year as the father-son team continue their recent hot-streak in OHMC events. Third Place and $175 Big Fish prize went to Kevin Proffit. Congratulations to our winners who will receive their trophies at our annual awards banquet in March of 2017. Thank you to everyone that came out to support our club!

All fish reported for the event: Chad Harmon (43.50”, 41 .50”, 38.00”, 36.25”, 31.50”, 35.00”; 80.75 points): Chuck Harmon (38.50”, 43.00”, 42.00”; 45.50 points): Kevin Proffit (33.00”, 31.50”, 47.50”; 33.00 points): Bob Basic (38.00”, 36.50”; 20.50 points): Fred Lederer (32.00”, 40.00”; 20.00 Points): Greg Starkey (32.00”, 31.00”, 31.00”; 16.00 points): Tom Morris (39.00”; 13.00 points): Rich Daniels (31.50”, 32.00”; 11.50 points): Dean Silverthorne (37.50”; 11.50 points): Kevin LaRoche (37.00”; 11.00 points)

Kevin Proffit

Chad Harmon

Chuck Harmon

Fred Lederer

Dean Silverthorne

Rich Daniels

Double Header Rich Daniels and Kevin Proffit

2016 Minnow Fund Muskie Outing Results

The 4th annual Ohio Minnow Fund Muskie Outing was held May 14th and 15th, 2016 at West Branch State Park.  There were 55 anglers registered and 25 fish reported as caught.  All monies raised will be used to support Ohio’s Muskie stocking program.


The event started on Friday evening as eager muskie anglers streamed into the campground with tents, campers, boats, and thoughts of big fish.  Everyone seemed aware that the weather forecast was for dire conditions, yet they still showed up.  Early Friday afternoon Kevin Proffit and Rich Daniels showed up and erected an enormous tent so that everyone could have a dry spot to call headquarters for the weekend (THANK YOU!).

As daylight broke on Saturday morning, we were greeted to donuts, fresh coffee, and some fantastic pancakes on the griddle by OHMC Secretary Tim Smith.  Meanwhile OHMC 1st Vice-President Jeff Ferjutz and OHMC Treasurer John Ringenbach registered entrants.  The temperature had plummeted overnight and brisk wind along with torrential rain served notice that this event was not for the weak of heart.  Only the hardiest of muskie fishermen would brave these conditions as white capped waves snarled down the lake daring us to try to take one of her fish into our nets.

This was the first year that we aligned our traditional Division Day to be coincident with the minnow fund Event and we had 5 brave ODNR personnel show up in the downpour with hopes of hoisting a trophy fish.  By 8:00 we aimed for the lake with Bob Basic guiding for Curt Wagner, Tim Smith guiding for Jill Connor, Elmer Heyob guiding for Tim Parker, John Ringenbach guiding for Kevin Paige, and Paul Anderson guiding for Kevin Kayle.

At noon the guests and guides assembled for a grilled lunch that had been prepared by OHMC 2nd Vice-President Rick Simpson, OHMC Trustee Mike Reed, and OHMC Trustee Chris Silverthorn (THANK YOU!).  Unfortunately, the fish did not cooperate and we were unable to get slime on any of our guests’ hands.  We were happy to have them and thanked them for their service in support of our muskie program.

The unsuccessful guides headed back out into the storm with a never-give-up attitude for more fishing with the rest of the crew.  Boats were tested, rain gear was tested, and anglers’ commitment was tested, yet onward we went.  The harshness of the conditions cannot be overstated as it felt worse than many days I have spent fishing in December.

By 7:00 the weary contestants assembled for a hot meal in a dry tent.  News of a few fish filtered about as we enjoyed Brauts, Dogs, and Burgers with all the fixins.  Warm beans, hot apple pie, and steaming corn-on-the-cob made the miserable conditions fade away if even temporarily.  The campground fell quiet shortly after dinner as most of us were ready for our warm sleeping bags.  Some fell prey to the harsh conditions and bailed for home, and for that, I cannot blame any of you in the slightest.

For those that braved the night, a snow-squall greeted us as dawn broke on Sunday morning.  The temperature was 35 degrees and the precipitation kept coming.  One thing did change on Sunday, and that was the bite.  For those brave souls that took to the water, the fish, perhaps out of empathy were biting.  We fished through the snow, sleet, rain, wind & waves and we caught fish.  Several nice fish including some huskies were landed as a clear trolling pattern emerged.

When the battle scared participants gathered for the final results, we saw a peek of blue sky for the first time in days.  The final tally had Joe Reynolds winning the Youth Big fish, Jeff Clark winning the $400 big fish pot, Jack Whyde in first place, Fred Lederer in second place, Josh Burns in Third place, Jeff Ferjutz in Fourth place, and Jeff Clark in fifth place.  I cannot thank you all enough for coming out and displaying your devotion to our sport and our stocking program.  Dry off, warm up, and get ready to enjoy better conditions as the season wears on.  Be safe in the knowledge that you will not encounter anything worse for the balance of this season.

All fish reported for the event:

Jack Whyde (24.75”, 35.75”, 33.00”, 40.00”, 20.00”, 31.50”; 36.25 Points): Fred Lederer (44.00”, 31.50”; 23.50 Points): Josh Burns (36.00”, 38.75”, 24.00”, 20.00”; 22.75 Points): Jeff Ferjutz (30.50”, 44.00”; 22.50 Points): Jeff Clark (44.75”; 18.75 Points): Dave Zastawny (44.50”; 18.50 Points): Matt Clark (40.00”; 14.00 Points): Mark Burns (30.50”; 13.50 Points): Jerry Rice (37.50”, 28.25”; 11.50 Points): Jack Moga (37.50”; 11.50 Points): Joe Reynolds (36.00”; 10.00 Points): Bob Basic (34.00”; 8.00 Points): Paul Anderson (33.00”; 7.00 Points): Nick Agnesi (32.00”; 6.00 Points).

2016 Minnow Fund Outing Group Photo

Joe Reynolds

Jack Whyde

Fred Lederer

Jeff Ferjutz

Jeff Clark

Dave Zastawny

Matt Clark

Jerry Rice

Jack Moga

Pat Andino

Bob Basic

Nick Agnassi

Paul Anderson

Tim Smith


Harsh Conditions


2016 OHMC Banquet


March 19th, 2016

The 55th Ohio Huskie Muskie Club Annual Awards Banquet was held on March 19, 2016 at McCalls Banquet Center in Canton, Ohio.  The attendance increased relative to recent years and all those in attendance were treated to good food, friends and laughter.  A total of 130 OHMC members and guests along with 5 vendors were in attendance.  Every person in attendance received a door prize consisting of one of three custom painted baits created by Greg Them of Xtreme Muskie Lures.

During the business meeting, members voted on the lake nominations for our 47th  Annual Open Summer Contest in 2017.  The winner was Salt Fork Lake, with the event to be tentatively held on July 15th and 16th pending park approval.  Elections for officer positions were held during the business meeting.  The OHMC officers for 2015 are as follows; Paul Anderson, President; Jeff Ferjutz, 1st Vice-President; Rick Simpson, 2nd Vice-President; Tim Smith, Secretary; John Ringenbach, Treasurer.  Also, during our business meeting, the membership voted to modify the 10-or-more release award to lift the size requirement.  Now, any fish you catch regardless of size will count towards your release award, so long as the fish is turned in to the MAL.  This was done in attempt to increase the percentage of fish less than 30” turned in to the MAL.

Before the banquet meal started there was a pause for a moment of silence for all the club members whom had passed last year and for those individuals that are in the military and may be away from their families.  Next, we took a moment for a blessing of the meal by club member Mary Jill Brown.  The food was very good with a buffet that included Baked Chicken, Sausage and Peppers, McCalls Signature Potatoes, Green Beans, Rigatoni, a Garden Salad, Rolls, and Cake.  We all had a great time and lots of fun with the fish stories that were being told.

ODNR attendees were: Curt Wagner, Fisheries Biologist, District 3 (Akron); Phil Hillman, Fish Management Supervisor, District 3 (Akron); Mike Greenlee, Fish Management Supervisor, District 4 (Athens); Debra Walters, Fish Management Supervisor, District 5 (Xenia); Ed Lewis, Fisheries Biologist, District 2 (Findlay); Kevin Kayle, Acting Fish Hatchery Program Administrator, Central Office; Kevin Page, Fisheries Biologist, Inland Fisheries Research Unit (Hebron); Rich Carter, Executive Administrator Fish Management and Research Group; and Scott Hale, Acting Assistant Chief, Central Office.

Scott spoke about a recent muskie symposium that several ODNR representatives had attended and given presentations in Minnesota.  He also made several general remarks about the partnership of ODNR with OHMC and described how “We are YOU”, meaning the Staff are dedicated outdoorsman themselves.  Next, Kevin Kayle gave a presentation on Ohio’s muskie program

Special thanks go out to all the vendors that set up a booth at the banquet this year, and also all of the Ohio Huskie Muskie Club supporters who donated to the club.  Please patronize these companies as they make our events a success.


Ohio Huskie Muskie Club Inc. Annual Banquet Awards Winners, for club member’s recognition of outstanding catches and achievements in the 2015 season.

H.E. Pooch Curry Award   (Largest musky by length only) This year we had a tie for the award:  The winners were Mr. Chuck Harmon with a 51 inch muskie caught at West Branch and Mr. Dennis Mitchell with a 51 inch muskie caught at Piedmont.

The Matthew Smith Memorial Awards for Junior Members

Boys “Trophy Division” – Jordon Foose – 35.50”

Girls “Released Division” – Ashley McCartney – 39.00”

Boys “Released Division” – Fisher Himes – 47.00”

The Royalty Awards

Queen “Trophy Division” – Anna Fisher – 48.50”

Queen “Released Division” – Stephanie Neville – 47.50”

King “Released Division” – Dennis Mitchell – 51.00”

King “Released Division” – Chuck Harmon – 51.00”

Mr. Muskie Award – Fred Lederer

Woman of the Year Award – Stephanie Neville

Overall Tournament Champion – Chad Harmon

Dr. Dunmire Plaque Awards

There were (34) Dr. L. G. Dunmire Plaque Awards recognized by the club for those anglers whom caught at least three Huskie muskies measuring 42.00-inches in length or longer. Patrick Klingensmith (43), Chuck Harmon (34), Greg Bozick (33), David Baio (26), Kevin LaRoche (21), Beau Chumley (15), Bob Marshall (14), Chad Harmon (12), John Ringenbach (12), David Brown (10), George Weber (9), Ray Elkins (8), Robert McCloud (8), Robert Basic (7), Dennis Mitchell (7), Richard Reeves (7), Sam Reichenbach (7), Richard Welk (7), Charlotte Fuchs (5), Jason Chalmers (4), Sherman Champlin (4), Mary Jill Harshey (4), Lee Himes (4), Kathy Mitchell (4), John Savu (4), Bill Schultz Jr. (4), Mike Firth (3), Raymond Hinchcliff Sr. (3), Josh Marshall (3), Philip Ringenbach (3), Rick Simpson (3), Tim Smith (3), Linda Hannen (3), Tom Hannen (3)

10 Or More Release Awards 

There were (46) Plaques Awards recognized by the club for those anglers whom caught 10 or more muskies 30-inches in length or longer and released all of them.  Pat  Klingensmith (221), Chuck Harmon (174), Greg Bozick (129), David Baio (110), Kevin LaRoche (95), Bob Marshall (80), Beau Chumley (71), Bill Schultz, Jr. (64), Ray Elkins (57), John Ringenbach (47), George Weber (47), Chuck McKnight (45), Timothy Ritter (45), Robert Basic (38), Chad Harmon (35), David Brown (34), Josh Marshall (34), Sam Reichenbach (36), Jason Chalmers (26), Bill Brant (25), Charlotte Fuchs (25), Robert McCloud (25), Nicholas Smith (23), Lee Himes (20), Tim Smith (20), David Nabb    (19), Jason Basic    (15), Kathy Mitchell (15), Dennis Mitchell (15), Richard Reeves (15), Rick Simpson (15), Tony Crisp (14), Scott Hale  (14), Phillip Jarvis (14), Mike Firth (13), James Cook (13), Raymond Hinchcliff (13), Jerry Rice (13), Rich Welk (13), Dennis Braun (12), Elmer Heyob, Jr. (12), Thomas Johnson (12), Guy Bechter (11), Chuck Land, Sr. (11), Charles Neville (11), Sherman Champlin (10)


The Business Meeting 50/50 was won by Rich Daniels.  The Banquet 50/50 was won by Sally Parr.  The Lure board was won by Elmer Heyob.  The Rod and Reel was won by Paul Shepard.  The Blanket was won by Bob Basic.

The banquet is now history and it is now time to start some actual muskie fishing, Thank you to everyone that attended and to all of those people that helped make the event such a great success.

Blanket for Bob Basic

Photo Board

Business Meeting



Team Harmon

Mr Muskie



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