The OHMC and Muskies Inc. Chapter 19 held our 2014 Annual PM Bite joint event on August 23rd at Petersburg Marina of Leesville Lake. The event started off with registration beginning at 10:00 and the shore lunch beginning at 11:00. We had a bait raffle and a 50/50 raffle. There were some very nice prizes on the table, including a walleye charter for Lake Erie donated by Petersburg Marina. The 50/50 paid out $73 to our winner Mark Porter. We had some fantastic grilled goodies served up by our host Mr. Elmer McClure. There were lots of good side dishes and some nice cold refreshments to wash them down with. It was a new way to kick off the event and seemed to be well received by all those in attendance. Thanks to everyone that brought all the great food!
We had 40 anglers register and head out to tame the beast. The weather was ideal with mostly sunny conditions that made for a great day on the lake. The fish were not impressed with the weather and for many anglers we were left without any slime to show for our efforts. Not all entrants struggled though, as they were able to crack the code and catch some fish. We also had some really nice salad bowls caught along with the ever present tree and rock snags and even a volleyball caught by a UFO boat.
When the event concluded at midnight, we met back up at the ramp to tally the results. Our big fish for the event was witnessed and photographed by myself. As it turns out, I have witnessed the big fish caught for every OHMC event this year. I may not be any good at catching fish, but my timing for trolling near the eventual big fish winner is impeccable.
Russ Roberts caught a 40.00” fish worth 14.00 points and unfortunately lost a second fish out of the net which therefore did not count since it was not measured. Sorry for the bad luck buddy, but at least you got to catch the fish.
George Kourkounakis landed a 42.25” huskie worth 16.25 points and a Third Place finish.
David Baio got two subs along with three more at 41.00”, 38.00”, and 31.00” for a total of 32.00 points which earned him a Second Place finish.
OHMC Secretary Tim Smith landed a third huskie for the season that secured his first Dunmire Award. He had a 44.50” fish and a 40.00” fish to go with it for a total of 32.50 points and a First Place finish. He also won the big fish side pot of $190 for his trolling efforts. As with our Spring and Fall outings, we will award our First and Second place trophies at next years’ banquet. Congratulations to all those that caught fish!
Thanks to everyone that came out to support the clubs and enjoy the good times that are always present when we get together. The talk of “dreams”, meeting new friends, stories by Grandpa and many others, taking time to enjoy a sandwich on the lake, poking fun at each other, and of course the sound of the clicker; these are the things that make these events really fun and I look forward to the next one.