September 2016

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.
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!

Dan Mruz
North Metro President

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Fat Boy North Metro Logo Bump Board


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.
When: 3rd Tuesday of the month 7pm–9pm
Where: 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     
(651) 699-5172
2108 Palace Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

John Genosky
(651) 329-4898
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. 
Winners were:
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.


President................................... Dan Mruz
Vice President.......... Steve Wernesbach
Regional VP............................. Mike Riha
Secretary.................. Tony VanDanacker
John "Geno" Genosky
Steve Bates........................... 651-399-5745
Chris Cochran....................... 651-239-0773
Jason Espedal.......................763-439-7868
Dick Hamann........................ 763-428-7789
John "Geno" Genosky.......... 651-329-4898
Robb Meyers........................ 612-791-6331
Dan Mruz.............................. 763-535-4206
Nick Poppler..........................651-592-5875
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

Membership Chairman          
Robb Meyers ................ 612-791-6331

Members Only Fishing Contest
Steve Sorgenfrei.............651-789-4360

League Night Chariman
Steve Sorgenfrei.............651-786-4360
Newsletter Editor       
Robb Meyers.................. 612-791-6331

Dennis Boehme

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.

Dan Altman
Dave Christensen
Steve Gensen
Jason Hamernick
Andy Hamm
John Hoyer
Andy Hutter
Kevin Kray
Ryan McMahon
Matt Seifert
A.J. Weisner
Amanda Beaver
Angel Outpost resort
Baby Beaver Lures
Big Mama Lures
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle
Bondy Baits
Broad Head Lures
Chaos Tackle
Clam Outdoors
Custom X Lures
Ghost Tail Lures
Grizzly Coolers
Headlock Lures
Joe Badalucco
Joe’s Sport Goods
Just Big Muskies
Just Encase
Lakco (KMDA, Inc)
Lake X Lures
Limited Creek Rods
Maynard’s Restaurant
Maple Grove Hilton Garden Inns
Monster Lures
Monticello Golf Course
Mouldy Baits
Musky Frenzy Lures
Musky Hunter Magazine
Musky Innovations
Musky Mayhem
Musky Tackle Online
Nelson Marine
Outdoor News
Paul Hartman
Phantom Lures
Pheasant Acres Golf Course
Rapid Marine
Ray Connoy
Red Wing Lodge
Rubber Hairy Tackle
Shumway Tackle
Smitty Tackle
Spanky Baits
Sportman’s Guide Outlet
St. Croix Rods
Stealth Tackle
Supernatural Big Baits
Thorne Brothers
Tim Connoy
Timbuktu Resort
Tooth Tamer Rods
Tuned Up Rods
Tyrant Tackle
United States Distillery Products
Venom Floats
Waterbeast Tackle
Wells Fargo Covered Wagon Club
Wirth Baits
Wood “N” Wildlife


North Metro Muskie League 2016 Final Standings

PLACE Member Points Fish Caught Length
1 Chris Dolan 89.25 3 33, 45, 53.25
2 Joe Miller 76 1 49, 35
3 Steve Sorgenfrei 74 1 44
4 Cory Gale 72 2 40, 43
5 John Genosky 56.5 1 46.5
6 Mark Kuether 55 1 37
7 Todd Palashewski 51.5 2 45, 41.5
8 Pat Garraghty 49 1 46
9 Ben Limpert 47.5 1 39.5
10 Larry Turner 40    
11 Nick Popplar 40    
12 Dave Coleman 39.5 1 41.5
13 Dave Youngblom 35 1 35
14 Jason Proffit 33    
15 Tim Braun 30    
16 Steve Bates 26    
17 Chase Evertz 25 1 42
18 Andy McClure 25    
19 Jason Wegwerth 25    
20 Pat Miller 24    
21 John Van Ingen 24    
22 Jay Aigner 23    
23 Brian Klobe 23    
24 Joe Page 20    
25 Ben Smenta 20    
26 Mike Watzl 20    
27 Joe Getty 16    
28 Brian Rogers 16    
29 Chris Cochran 15    
30 Clif Buchkoski 13    
31 Jason Espidal 13    
32 Dave Brockel 10    
33 Johan Hedblom 10    
34 Morgan Watzl 10    
35 Jake Aigner 10    
36 Marcus Klobe 10    
37 Matthew Klobe 10    
38 Dennis Boehme 8    
39 Daniel Getty Jr 5    
40 Dusty Cochran 5    
41 Greg Klobe 5    
42 Kate Bates 5    
43 Grant Storedalen 5    
44 Mark McHugh 5    
45 Ethan Rienhardt 5    
  Nolan Garaghty 5    
  Abby Watzl 5    
  Matt Iodin 5    
  Darrin Brockel 5    
  Logan Garaghty 5    
  Jack Proffit 5    
  Wade Palashewski 5    
  Chris Mueller 5    
  Meri Peters 5    
  Alex Little 5    
   Muskies Caught Average Size    
  17 42.13    

League Night Prizes:

1st place Trophy Phantom Lure plus a traveling trophy
2nd and 3rd Trophy Phantom Lures
The Awards will be held during the December 2016 membership meeting.


Participation Drawing!

For each League event a North Metro Member participates they will get one raffle ticket in the end of season drawing held at the December 15th membership meeting for a grand prize. For example if you fished 5 nights, you get 5 chances. Non-members are always welcome to our league nights and picnic but only count for the 2 partner points.

Drawing Prizes:

Grand Prize “St Croix Tournament Legend 9 ft rod”
Drawing for “Lures”
10 names drawn in total from all the league nights fished entries
Steve Sorgenfrei
NMMI League Chairperson

2016 Chapter Members Standings

Men's Division Total Points Average          
Nick Poppler 20 270 39          
Ryan Wyszynski 21 260 38          
Chase Evertz 20 215 37          
Steve Bates 20 201 36          
Andy McClure 14 180 39          
Patrick Garaghty 10 174 43          
John Santer 10 156 41          
Mark Weiss 8 129 42          
Steve Wernersbach 9 127 40          
Jason Wegwerth 7 110 42          
Mark Kuether 7 110 42          
John Genosky 8 104 39          
Rich Lehman 8 102 39          
Scott Gehrman 8 100 39          
Tony Capiak 6 80 39          
Joe Badalucco 5 80 42          
Dave Ledman 5 73 41          
Christian McHugh 5 65 39          
Mark McHugh 5 62 38          
Bob Wagner 5 56 37          
Luke Ellis 3 52 43          
Troy Bilbrey 3 41 40          
Jim Dau 3 40 39          
Jay Aigner 5 32 32          
Steve Sorgenfrei 2 31 41          
David Youngblom 1 26 52          
Grant Lindberg 2 25 38          
Mike Riha 1 24 50          
Jim Svenningsen 1 22 48          
Ed Stogenson 1 21 47          
Noah Fleming 1 19 45          
Dan Mruz Jr. 1 18 44          
Daniel Mruz 1 11 37          
Nicholas Hagness 1 9 35          
Christopher Franzen 1 8 34          
Men's Masters Total Points Average          
Dave Selle 53 916 43          
Chris Dolan 26 502 45          
Tim Connoy 23 339 41          
Brian Klobe 21 146 33          
Mark Swanson 7 92 39          
John Maslowski 5 79 42          
Nick Eddy 3 59 46          
Erik Jacobson 2 47 50          
Women's Division Total Points Average          
Lori Lehman 2 26 39          
Women's Masters Total Points Average          
Korey Lindberg 3 26 35          
Joey Wyszynski 1 9 35          
Junior Boy's Division Total Points Average          
Jake Evertz 14 208 41          
David Jacobson 2 40 46          
Markus Klobe 4 32 34          
Lunker of the Month Date Length Lake          
Troy Bilbrey 04/22/16 41.5" Cave Run          
Steve Bates 05/07/16 43" Candlewick          
Nick Eddy 06/16/16 51" Minnetonka          
Erik Jacobson 07/09/16 55" Mille Lacs          
Dave Selle 08/01/16 54" Vermilion          
Club Totals Fish Average Length          
April 4 35.9"            
May 15 35.6"            
June 59 39.8"            
July 133 39.5"            
August 177 42.3"            
Total 388 40.1"            
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