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)