From the President's Boat
Our February 13th North Metro Annual All You Can Eat Fish Fry Banquet was an overwhelming success.150 people were in attendance, 300+ prizes worth in excess of $24,000 were given away/won and most importantly we grossed $19,950 and netted $10,000. I want to thank all of the Board Members, the NMMI Members, the many Friends and Non-member Guests including the Wells Fargo Covered Wagon Club that all volunteered and helped run our Banquet. Nick Poppler and Jason Wegwerth spent many hours along with me obtaining donations and prizes. We could not have done it without Everyoneâ€™s contributions, hard work and efforts.
This was our MAIN FUND RAISER for the year and provides all the funds for our many goals and events. It is very important that we acknowledge and thank our many supporters that donated items and their services for our Banquet that lead to our success. See below and I apologize if I have missed anyone.) Please support their businesses and personally thank them every chance you get for their support.
Our many Thanks for the great fried fish prepared in the custom deep fryer built by the Greg Larain and Greg Riddell at the VFW for our event; Michelle Riddell our bartender and the kitchen Staff of the VFW. The remodeled Coon Rapids VFW hall had a fresh bright look, new round tables, re-carpeted stage and more that really helped everyoneâ€™s comfort and enjoyment. The Keg Kup was a huge success as determined by the 3 kegs of beer consumed, as well as the added games and a variety of new types of prizes such as the Grizzly coolers, TCL 55â€ LED Smart TV, ACV .50 caliber muzzle loader, walleye and ice fishing rods, Timbuktu Lodge stay on Vermilion, Tree Stand and Hunting Blind and more!
Our year to year planning efforts have resulted in better banquet events and with a lot less stress for the volunteers. Every year we do a very detailed post banquet review to identify what worked well, what prizes were the most in demand and what we can improve upon for the following year to make our Banquet more entertaining, fun, with opportunities to win prizes for all. We already have identified a number of ideas for next yearâ€™s Banquet scheduled for Feb 25th, 2017 including a North Metro commemorative glass.
Help support the 50th Celebration and the Symposium by buying one of 400 raffle tickets ($20 each) for a chance at a custom one of kind 50th Commemorative Rifle and one day Jim Shannon Memorial Fishing Trip with Dave Brown of Keyes Outdoors.
Saturday March 12th is the Muskies Inc. 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner at the Sheraton West (next to Ridgedale) put on by the North Metro and Twin Cities Chapters. There will be history displays, dinner, games, raffles, silent auction and more. We need your help to put on this event. Please contact me at 612-916-7426 or at President@NMMMuskies@yahoo.com if you can help. We also need volunteers to assist with the Hugh Becker Muskie Symposium, Sunday thru Tuesday March 13th - 15th. The Muskie Symposium is bringing in fisheries specialists and scientists from around the world to present 67 papers on Muskellunge. Please consider attending and volunteering. More information can be found at muskiesinc.org/schedule.
Please note that there is â€œNoâ€ NMMI Members Meetings on Tuesday March 15th due to the Muskies Inc. 50th Anniversary Celebration. On Tuesday April 19th we will resume Members Meeting with Muskie Guide Timmy Peterzen and on May 17th we have our annual Thorne Brothers Poolside Lure Demonstration meeting.
April is just around the corner and we will need volunteers to work our NMMI Booth at Georgeâ€™s Minnesota Muskie Expo. Please review your schedule for availability April 8th - 10th.
Please contact any Board Member if you can help with the Chapter, MN Muskie Expo Booth and State High School Tournament, Annual Picnic & Jim Shannon Members Tournament or any of our events.
Thank you each and every one that supported our Banquet and our Chapter throughout the year!
North Metro President
Our Chapterâ€™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!
2016 June Jam
Preparations are underway for the 2016 June Jam tournament. Tournament dates will be: Pre-tournament sign in Friday June 17th at Wilkinâ€™s Bar and resort on Bone Lake; fishing hours 5AM to 9PM Saturday and 5AM to Noon Sunday, Jun 18th and 19st with the awards ceremony at Wilkinâ€™s starting at 1 PM on Sunday. Those of you who have fished the tournament know how much fun it can be. The two day format is different from most tournaments and adds a lot to the experience. Eight lakes in Polk County Wisconsin can be fished. Results of previous tournaments are available on the North Metro website. If youâ€™ve fished this before joins us again. If youâ€™ve never fished it, give it a try. The two day format really lets you test your skills.
This yearâ€™s June Jam flyer, rules and entry forms will be attached available on our website in early March and mailed to previous participants in mid to late March. . Major sponsors this year are Blue Ribbon Bait and Tackle, Red Wing Lodge, Fudally Tackle, Phantom Lures, Pro Label, and Woodâ€™n Wildlife.
Keep an eye on our website or you can contact me through the NMMI website with any questions.
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 7pmâ€“9pm
||Coon Rapids VFW - 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Red Wing Lodge Outing
August 6-13, 2016
Lake of the Woods
Gift Idea: Package up an Opportunity w/ Over 13,000 Muskie Releases
Last month I asked you to consider this question: Do you need more opportunity or more baits, more opportunity or more tools for catching that big Muskie? Big fish opportunity is awaiting you at Red Wing Lodge on Lake of the Woods, Canada. The resource and the big fish culture that has developed over the years at Red Wing can be captured in good part with the following single stat: 13,000 Muskie releases!
Package up big fish Opportunity with a reservation for the annual August Muskie Inc. Outing to Red Wing Lodge. This opportunity has been provided for years by the cooperative support of Mike and Anne Bartlett of Red Wing Lodge and our two local Muskie Inc. chapters. The annual Muskie Inc. trip to Red Wing Lodge on Sabaskong Bay, Lake of the Woods, is a great choice for either that first Canadian trip or for the veteranâ€™s extra trip. The convenience of a drive-in camp with the privacy you would expect on an island.
Dates for this yearâ€™s outing: August 6-13, 2016. Save your surprises for Muskie action, you donâ€™t need them at base camp. Red Wing Lodge offers a resort base that has been family owned and operated for 50 years, is clean and comfortable, where everything works. The Bartlett family has hosted Muskie Inc. outings for years with personal and friendly service, so they understand what Muskie people need and like. Red Wing Lodge is a nine-time Chapter Challenge headquarters, in â€™83, â€™86, â€™93, â€™97, â€™03, â€™04, â€™11, â€™12 and again in 2014. Check out the Muskie information, including the Red Wing Lodge Hall of Fame, as well as the first live cam in Morson, at www.redwinglodge.net
Cost per person in housekeeping cabins remains at $350 (US Funds) for 2016, just $50.00 per day for big-time Canadian Muskie fishing.
Included in the full value of the 2016 Muskie Inc. trip:
* Free Dockage ($72 value), Free Launch (both ways, $25 value)
* Free Dinner one night, courtesy of the Bartlettâ€™s
* One Free Trip, given away in drawing, courtesy of the Bartlettâ€™s
* Free Wireless Internet Service throughout the Resort
* Free Daily Bag of Ice; door prizes
Reservations require a $50 non-refundable deposit, made out to Red Wing Lodge. Deposits officially confirm reservation holds. First come, first served.
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.
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
Joeâ€™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
Sportmanâ€™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 â€œNâ€ Wildlife