September 10, 2009’s Members Outing

Rick's 40 inch muskieDave's 43.5 inch muskie

On September 10th, we hosted our last chapter outing of the year. It was such a beautiful day that many took advantage of the opportunity to take off of work and get out fishing early. The combination of nice weather and the fact that it was our final outing boosted registration and attendance to the best of the year with a total of 25 members. It was definitely a casting bite with 6 legal muskies being caught during the official outing hours. All of the fish were caught casting. Dave Dawson won the fishing contest with two fish, a 43.5″ and a 37.5″. Rick Wyrwas also caught two fish and was a close second place with a 40″ and 32″. Jim Kwapil caught a 38.25″ and our newest member, Jim Frett, caught a 33″. Nice job everyone!

Dave's 43.5 inch posing to neighboring Rick Wyrwas and Mike Clearman

The gathering afterwards brought us all together for some good food and drinks while we exchanged stories and celebrated Darlene Kwapil’s 50th birthday. We had a special drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Smokey’s which was won by Amy Heidenreich. We also had 3 bottles of wine which were won by Pat Guarnaccio, Jim Dembeic, and Jim Kwapil. Thanks again to our hosts John and Gordy, we appreciate them allowing us to continue to have our gatherings at Smokey’s West.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and making the outings so much fun. We hope to see more of you join us next year!

August 10, 2009’s Members Outing

Debbie Mann's first muskie measuring 36 inchesOn Aug 10th we hosted another successful chapter outing with 20 members in attendance. It was also another record setting night for fishing (both casting and trolling) with nine muskies caught. The casters beat the trollers by a score of 6 to 3. We had 3 members double up on fish. Jim Kwapil was the overall winner with 2 nice fish measuring 42″ and 36″. He was casting DC9s and Double 10s. Mark Emmer caught a 36″ and a 35″ fish casting a double Showgirl. Jim Dembiec caught a 33″ and a 31″ fish trolling DB4s. Larry Price caught a nice 41″ fish casting a Double Cowgirl. Mike Phelps caught a 39″ fish casting a Medussa. Debbie Mann caught a 36″ fish (her first) trolling a Firetiger DB4. Outstanding job!Larry Price's outing 41 incherThanks again to our hosts John and Gordy, we appreciate them allowing us to continue to have our gatherings at Smokey’s West.The Mexican food and the gathering at 9:00PM were both very enjoyable. Thanks to everyone for coming out.

We hope to see more of you join us at the next outing. Check the website for dates and registration contacts or feel free to call any of us if you do not have access to the website.

Good Luck fishing and we hope to see you at the next outing, there are only 2 more left!

July 10, 2009’s Members Outing

The threat of severe thunderstorms did not Dave Dawson's 37 inch muskie to put him on the board for 2009discourage the group of 16 chapter members that participated in our first Friday night outing. As the start of the fishing hours neared, the cloudy skies cleared, the sun came out, and the temperature reached a daytime high of 88 degrees. The water temperature was 73.9 degrees and winds were out of the West/Southwest at 10-15mph. By the time we reached the boat launch we heard that Mike Phelps had already caught a 35″ muskie casting a Heli Dawg (Bull Dawg with a spinner). This bait was so good that it not only caught a muskie it caught Mike too! After an emergency trip to the hospital for a hook removal procedure, Mike joined us back on the lake for more fishing. It was a good night for fishing (both casting and trolling) as six other muskies were caught in the outing. Dave Dawson caught a 37″ casting a green/firetiger D2 Cowbell (homemade Cowgirl),Mike Phelps' pre-outing $162 ER visit middle thirty inch musky Roy Hinkforth caught a 35″ trolling a DB4, Rick Wyrwas caught a 32″ casting a bucktail, and the top honors went to Jim Dembiec, who caught 3 fish trolling crankbaits: 32-1/2″, 33-1/4″ and a 36″. Nice job everybody,that is a new outing record!

Thanks again to our hosts John and Gordy, we appreciate them allowing us to continue to have ourgatherings at Smokey’s Muskie Shop. As usual, the food and gathering at 9:00PM was very enjoyable. The new grill worked out great for the chicken and beef stir frys.

Good Luck fishing and we hope to see you at the next outing!

June 10, 2009’s Members Outing

The turnout for the June 10th outing was the best to date. Seventeen Milwaukee Chapter members registered and participated in our event along with five guests that are hopeful future members. We couldn’t have asked for better weather other than the east winds. Jim Dembiec was the only Chapter member to catch a qualifying fish. He caught a 37″ muskie trolling a crank bait. Greg Kilps caught a nice 35″ muskie on a Creeper and Dave Dawson caught a big northern.

The gathering at Smokey’s West at 9:00PMGreg Kilps' 35 inch outing muskie was very enjoyable and the food was a big hit as usual. We are getting very creative in planning different menus as opposed to having an ordinary cook out. But that is one of the reasons why we are not just an ordinary Chapter. Again, we would like to thank our hosts John and Gordy, for allowing us to continue to have our outing gatherings at Smokey’s West.

Good Luck fishing and we hope to see you at the next outing!

May 28, 2009’s Members Outing

Dave Dawson coordinated the second chapter outing of the season. Thirteen chapter members fished in the outing and enjoyed an evening on the water. The weather was really nice with comfortable temps, sunny skies and no wind after 5:30pm. The muskies were showing themselves and almost everyone reported multiple follows. Adam had a muskie blow up and miss a TopRaider. Sue and Ron Heidenreich reported six follows! Two muskies hit for two different people on the figure 8 but both were quickly “released” within a second or two. 🙂

Gordy deserves a big Thank You for getting things setup and watching the crockpot for the get-together after fishing. We had a hungry crew after an evening of casting. Chips and guacamole, chicken wraps, Shrek salad, and cherry-rhubarb dessert seemed to agree with everyone. I agreed with Ron who said the only way the dessert could have been better is if it had just come out of the oven and it was served with a scoop of ice cream!

Everyone who attended entered their names for the end-of-season outing raffle prize. The Smokey’s gift certificate for the evening’s big fish release was not awarded. Will the muskies be a little more cooperative when Roy and Nancy host the next chapter outing on June 10? Hope to see you there! Be sure to RSVP.

May 14, 2009’s Members Outing

Bill's 36.5 inch outing muskieTheDan's 27.5 inch outing figure 8 walleye first of nine club fishing outings of the year took place on May 14th. Thirteen Milwaukee Chapter members and two Headwater Chapter members registered and participated in our event. Dan Buss and Bill Vierkandt, the Headwater Chapter members, both caught legal fish. Dan caught a 35.5″ muskie and Bill caught a 36.5″ muskie.

Steve Reigstad was the only Milwaukee Chapter member to get a fish in the boat, a 32″ muskie. Since the fishing prize must be awarded to a member of our chapter, Steve won the $20 gift certificate to Smokey’s.

The gathering at Smokey’s West at 9:00PM gave all of us the opportunity to spend some time with our fellow chapter membersDan's 35.25 inch outing muskie and visiting chapter members while we enjoyed a cookout and drinks together. It was a very enjoyable evening. Again, we would like to thank John and Gordy, for allowing us to continue to have our outing gatherings at Smokey’s West.

Good Luck fishing!

September 2008’s Members Outing

Jim Dembiec's September Milwaukee Chapter outing muskieFourteen Milwaukee Chapter members registered and participated in the outing on September 18th. Jim Dembiec was this month’s gift certificate winner. He caught the biggest fish of all four outings, a beautiful 47-1/2″ Pewaukee Lake muskie. Mike Phelps caught the only other muskie of the outing, a 35 1/2″ fish.

The gathering at Smokey’s West at 9:00PM gave all of us the opportunity to spend some time with our fellow members and enjoy some hot turkey sandwiches and drinks together. Thanks again to everyone that brought side dishes and to Pat Kilps for supplying us with ample door prizes for everyone attending the gathering. One last thank you goes out to John Laimon who has been most gracious in providing us with the location to host our gathering and for keeping the shop open for us. Please remember to continue giving John your business in the future to show your appreciation for all that he does for our club.

Jim Dembiec's September Milwaukee Chapter outing muskie release
We have received very positive feedback on the outings and would like to continue them next year. Our goal is to create more opportunities for our club members to interact and spend time together. Please try to make it a point to participate next year. Let’s have some fun together as a club of people that all enjoy the same thing…muskie fishing.

See you on the water next year.

August 2008’s Members Outing

Nine Milwaukee Chapter members and one from the Headwaters Chapter registered and participated in the outing on August 21st.The fish were more active for this outing with four fish being caught (all trolling) during the outing hours of 4:30PM to 9:00 PM. Nancy Hinkforth doubled up catching 37.5 and 37 inch muskies. Roy Hinkforth boated a 35 incher followed up by Pat Guarnaccio who caught a 30.5 inch fish.

Nancy Hinkforth's August Milwaukee Chapter outing muskie

The gathering at Smokey’s West at 9:00PM gave all of us the opportunity to spend some time with our fellow members and enjoy some Mexican food and drinks together. Thanks again to Gail Kilps for bringing the rice and beans and also to Craig Niermann for manning the Nesco of taco meat while we were out fishing. Everyone attending the gathering received a door prize, thanks to Pat Kilps/Quest Technologies. Another thank you goes out to John Laimon who has been most gracious in providing us with the location to host our gathering and to Gordy for keeping the shop open for us. Please remember to continue giving John your business in the future to show your appreciation for all that he does for our club.

Please mark your calendars for the final outing which takes place on Thursday, September 18th. Try to make it a point to participate. Our goal is to make this the best outing of the year. The casting bite should be on and hopefully the bigger fish will become more active. Let’s have some fun together as a club of people that all enjoy the same thing…muskie fishing and the camaraderie that follows each event.

See you on the water.

July 2008’s Members Outing

After canceling the June outing on Pewaukee Lake due to severe flood conditions both on the lake and at Smokey’s West, Pat Guarnaccio with 1st July 2008 Milwaukee Chapter outing muskiewe were back on track with the July outing on the 17th. Eleven Milwaukee Chapter members registered and participated in the outing. Only two fish were caught during the outings hours of 4:30PM to 9:00PM. Pat Guarnaccio doubled up and caught both of the fish, 33″ and 34″, to win the event. Congratulations Pat!

The gathering at Smokey’s West at 9:00PM gave all of us the opportunity to spend some time with our fellow members and enjoy some food and drink together. Thanks again to Gail Kilps and Sue Heidenreich for the awesome salads that accompanied the Italian Sloppy Joes. Everyone attending the gathering received a door prize, thanks again to Pat Kilps/Quest Technologies. John Laimon has been most gracious in providing us with the location to host our gathering. As we saw first hand last month, these outings wouldn’t be feasible without his continued support for our club, and we really appreciate that. Remember to give him your business to show your appreciation for all that he does for our chapter.

Please mark your calendars for the next outing on Thursday August 21st and make it a point to participate. Pat Guarnaccio with 2nd July 2008 Milwaukee Chapter outing muskieWe will enjoy tacos and other Mexican favorites at the gathering at 9:00PM. We would really like to see the participation in the outings increase. We had a lower attendance in July since many people were on vacation, but we have received all positive feedback from members that have attended. So come on, let’s have some fun together as a club of people that all enjoy the same thing….muskie fishing and the camaraderie that follows each event.

See you on the water!

June 2008’s Members Outing Was Cancelled

Mother Nature threw the chapter outing a curve with record amounts of rain and as a result, awful flooding. The City of Pewaukee put emergency restrictions in place, and many surrounding cities and waters did too. Smokey’s Muskie Shop where we base our outings out of had many inches of “water” in their lower level. Other buildings that John Laimon and his wife own were impacted as well as the area as a whole.

Water was flowing down Main Street through downtown Pewaukee, carp were scooped up and taken away in the buckets of front end loaders, and we can only imagine how many muskies were lost from the lake.

We wish those affected by this rare occurrence a speedy recovery.