From the President's Boat
Last month I noted that it is Extremely Important that we have strong active Chapters and Members to help elect effective leaders that will represent each of us and our priorities. We need to keep our government representatives educated on a variety of topics including to maintain the Muskie fishery we help build and support the DNR so that it can do its legislated job based on science and not on bad politics. Our members VOTED in the various important August 9th Primary races and each and everyone’s vote made a difference.
It is still important for you to Exercise your right to VOTE in the November General Election for the best candidate in all crucial race including District 31B that includes East Bethel, Ham Lake, Linwood, Columbus Townships and parts of Oak Grove and Andover. Some of the races have very difficult choices but remember not voting is a choice in itself and by doing so you allow a smaller group of others to make the decision for you in the Local, State and National elections. Everyone’s vote is important as we have seen in the past some state elections decided by only a few hundred votes. Please VOTE in November! You can go to this website to confirm what district you are in and who represents you in all elections. www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts
League Night has ended and it was a very tight competition and everyone had a chance to win it all. Congratulations to Chris Dolan who came from way behind on the last night landing three Muskies including a 53.25 fish on Lake Independence to win 1st place. Check out the 2016 League Night summary.
It is that time of year to restart our monthly NMMI Members Meetings. Besides the comradery we have great new raffle prizes for the meeting to win including extremely nice Fat Boy North Metro Logo Bump Boards and rods.
We have lined up our full slate of speakers through the Spring of 2017 and will resume with our Fall schedule on September 20th at Coon Rapids VFW.
Speakers for Fall 2016/Spring 2017
September 20 Ryan McMahon
October 18 Adam Glickman
November 15 MN DNR Update & Robert Hawkins, record muskie fly fisherman
December 20 Josh Borovsky
January 17 Thorne Brothers on Electronics
February 21 No Meeting due to Feb 25th Banquet
March 21 Matt Seifert
April 18 Dan Altman
May 16 Thorne Brothers Poolside Lure Demo
The best fishing is now here and it is not too late to introduce new people to our sport especially youths. It is a great way to build new friendships, create new members and help us grow the North Metro Chapter.
Once again we have made some slight modifications to our North Metro Chapter Members Only Contest for 2016 as follows:
The Tiger Division has been eliminated due to lack of participation and fish registered.
Patches and Individual & Annual Certificates have been eliminated.
To win the North Metro Laxx Replica Mount requires:
1) NMMI membership as of June 1st, 2016 and
2) Minimum size Muskie of 50 inches or greater for both Adult and Junior Mount Awards
Limit of one NMMI mount in your lifetime.
All other rules apply which can be viewed on the North Metro Website.
Mark your calendars now for the Saturday February 25th, 2017 12th annual North Metro Sports Banquet and All You Can Eat Fish Fry. We have already started our planning and need any donations for prizes that you can find.
Please contact any Board Member if you can help with the Chapter or any of our events.
Thank you each and every one that supports our Banquet and our Chapter throughout the year!
North Metro President
Fat Boy North Metro Logo Bump Board
PREPARING YOUR COOLER
Keeping your cooler foods and beverages cool over a weekend camping, fishing or hunting trip is sometimes a challenge. But there are things you can do that will help everything stay cooler, longer.
Here are five simple steps that will optimize your cooler’s efficiency, and keep your food fresher and colder. One important note: Start with a cooler that’s been freshly washed with hot, soapy water and thoroughly dried. The only thing a dirty cooler will do is give food-spoiling, illness-causing bacteria a head start.
1. Pre-cool your clean-and-dry cooler. You want foods that require refrigeration to stay at 40oF or lower to avoid bacterial activity, and a cool cooler is makes a good start. Place clean bags of ice, or three or four clean milk jugs containing frozen water into the cooler a couple of hours before you pack it, then replace it with fresh ice during packing. Not only will your food get back to temperature quicker, your packing ice will melt more slowly.
2. Pack frozen meats. Well before you pack the cooler, freeze all meat products—steaks, burgers, hot dogs, including pre-made items such as spaghetti sauce or sloppy joes. They’ll act as a cold-source while optimizing cooler space. Remember, after they thaw or have been eaten, they are no longer “ice” that can help keep other items cold.
3. Put each food item in its own watertight container or zip-top plastic bag before packing the cooler. This will keep leaks contained so they don’t contaminate the rest of your cooler’s contents.
4. Pack cans and bottles at the bottom of the cooler. Bottled water can be frozen before packing so they help keep other items cold. Follow those with the plastic food containers and cover everything with a layer of ice, making sure cubes fill the crevices between containers. Bagged food items go on top of the packed ice.
5. For best results, pack the cooler to the very top. Otherwise, there will be space for warm air to settle. If necessary, use a clean bath or kitchen towel to take up any remaining space. From then on, make sure the lid stays closed tightly, and keep each foray into the cooler as brief as possible.
Follow these five simple steps to keep your food and ice fresher, longer. But always remember, bacteria become active at temperatures above 40oF. Keep a small kitchen thermometer in your camp kit and you’ll never have to guess whether that ground beef is still good.
Image courtesy of YETI Coolers
Please join us at our general meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each month, Sept. through May. Each month we have a speaker come in and the topics vary from local metro area tactics to the basics of reel cleaning. We also have a rod and reel raffle and lure raffle. You DO NOT need to be a member to attend our general meetings.
||3rd Tuesday of the month 7pm–9pm
||Coon Rapids VFW - 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Our Chapter’s purpose is:
To promote a high quality muskellunge sport fishery;
To support selected conservation practices based on scientific merit and carried out by authorized federal and state agencies;
To promote muskellunge research;
To introduce the species into suitable waters;
To support the abatement of water pollution;
To disseminate muskellunge information;
To promote good fellowship and sportsmanship among men, women and children;
To encourage and support youth involvement in muskellunge fishing for our future.
Join the North Metro Board or as an Event Chairperson or as a Volunteer. The Board meets for only two hours once a month on the first Tuesday, September through June. You can help influence the direction of the Chapter and help the Metro Muskie Fishery.
We are trying to make our Chapter an overwhelming success but need your help with a variety of small tasks and projects. Contact me or any of the North Metro Board Members to assist us!
Next Meeting September 20
Minnesota musky guide Ryan McMahon has been fishing muskies in Minnesota and Wisconsin for over 17 years. He lives year round in the Twin Cities Metro area and guides professionally on several of their prime musky waters as well as some of greater Minnesota’s best musky fisheries. Ryan and his client’s catch many trophy fish each year without having to leave the metro area. Ryan is a member of Muskie’s Inc.
“Being on the water all the time keeps me in tune with the fish and makes it easy to put you on the hot bite. I will guide for all species of fish in the area but muskies are my passion and there is no better time to be chasing these incredible predators. The musky population in Minnesota is the envy of most of the musky world today. We have many adult/ trophy muskies right here in the Twin Cities metro area lakes and the world’s best trophy musky water in greater Minnesota… Come enjoy them with me!”
Red Wing Fishermen Catch and Release 88 Muskies
During a week of beautiful skies and no serious storms, 34 fishermen exhibited why it is that Red Wing Lodge has been chosen 10 different times to be the headquarters for the Muskie Inc. Chapter Challenge. During the annual outing on August 6-13, 88 muskies were caught and released by members of the North Metro and Twin Cities chapters of Muskie Inc. Nine of the muskies were 45” or larger. Ryan Wyszynski took big fish honors with a 48.5” muskie (Pictured above). Ryan will have his name engraved on the Big Fish plaque. Other releasers of big fish included, Steve Lucht (48”), Dave Knutson (47.5”) and Kyle Plaisance (47”).
The 88 muskies topped last year’s 87 fish, and must be the most muskies, or among the most, ever caught over the 31 years of these Muskie Inc. Outings. These numbers are a testament to the resource as well as to the expertise and determination of those who take advantage of this opportunity to take on this special resource. A special thanks to Alex Worobel, Andy McClure, and especially John Genosky, for helping fishermen who experienced boat problems.
Mike and Anne Bartlett, along with daughter Kate and son Matt, went all out again, as is their practice, preparing for and hosting Muskie Inc. fishermen, again exhibiting the fun and solid service with which the family has built and maintained its outstanding reputation in the business.
As always, stories, jokes and good-natured ribbing were enjoyed by all, but the stats on these remain not part of any official record. Keep an eye out for the detailed fall invitation that will officially begin the sign-up period for the 2017 Red Wing outing. Dates for the 2017 outing will be August 12-19.
Any questions or suggestions for improving our outing, please contact:
John van Ingen
2108 Palace Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
904 81st St.
Lino Lakes, MN 55014
For answers to detailed questions regarding the Lodge, e.g., about the cabins, you are invited to call Mike and Anne Bartlett toll free at 1-888-488-5601.
The weather for this year’s June Jam was excellent. Saturday saw calm flat water and clear skies, tough conditions one would think. Sunday was much windier, white capping by id morning, with the same clear skies.
20 fish were caught, about half the number we normally register, but better than the 15 caught last year. 82 anglers entered with fish caught by 12 of them...
Totals for each lake were:
* Apple River Flowage 8
* Wapogasset 1
* Bone 2
* Deer 6
* Bear Trap 1
* Cedar 2
Big fish was a 42 inch from Apple River.
Juniors: No junior winner this year
1st Nathan Wheeler – 36.5, 39.5, 36.5, 38 Deer Lake
2nd Bill Peterson – 36, 42, 35.5, 36 Apple River (big fish)
3rd Tyler Eggenberger - 39.5, 40 Apple River
4th Brett Olson - 38, 40 Deer Lake
5th Scott Gehrman - 41 Apple River
6th Steve Peterson - 40.5 Apple River
7th Tanner Clay - 38 Apple River
8th Calvin Austvold - 37 Bear Trap
9th Erik Mortensen – 37 Wapogasset
10th LeRoy Martin – 34.5 Bone
1st and 2nd place tied on pints but Nathan won the tie breaker as all his fish were caught on Saturday.
Grand Prize Winner – One Week stay at Red Wing Lodge for four – Jared Lubber
Be sure to check out this great YouTube video by Tyler Eggenberger and Travis. Tyler & Travis Musky Fishing 2016
Just for the record, the other anglers catching fish were Travis Dietzler and Eli Swift.
Thank you to Robb Meyers and Janet Yde for their help at the awards ceremony on Sunday and a special thanks to Janet for the excellent job of ticket sales for the rod raffle on Sunday.
Hope to see everyone again next year.
NORTH METRO OFFICERS
President................................... Dan Mruz
Vice President.......... Steve Wernesbach
Regional VP............................. Mike Riha
Secretary.................. Tony VanDanacker
Treasurer............. John "Geno" Genosky
Steve Bates........................... 651-399-5745
Chris Cochran....................... 651-239-0773
Dick Hamann........................ 763-428-7789
John "Geno" Genosky.......... 651-329-4898
Robb Meyers........................ 612-791-6331
Dan Mruz.............................. 763-535-4206
Mike Riha.......................... ... 763-607-2800
Steve Sorgenfrei................... 651-789-4360
Tony VanDanacker.............. 763-370-5424
Jason Wegwerth.................. 763-478-1748
Steve Wernersbach............. 763-242-2625
Robb Meyers ................ 612-791-6331
Members Only Fishing Contest
League Night Chariman
Robb Meyers.................. 612-791-6331
Working to Preserve, Promote and Advance Muskie and Pike Education and Research in Minnesota
Thanks to our special friends that helped make our 2016 11th Annual North Metro Muskies, Inc. Banquet a success.
Angel Outpost resort
Baby Beaver Lures
Big Mama Lures
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle
Broad Head Lures
Custom X Lures
Ghost Tail Lures
Joe’s Sport Goods
Just Big Muskies
Lakco (KMDA, Inc)
Lake X Lures
Limited Creek Rods
Maple Grove Hilton Garden Inns
Monticello Golf Course
Musky Frenzy Lures
Musky Hunter Magazine
Musky Tackle Online
Pheasant Acres Golf Course
Red Wing Lodge
Rubber Hairy Tackle
Sportman’s Guide Outlet
St. Croix Rods
Supernatural Big Baits
Tooth Tamer Rods
Tuned Up Rods
United States Distillery Products
Wells Fargo Covered Wagon Club
Wood “N” Wildlife