Everyone is welcome to attend.....Members as well as non-members. The dates are as follows:
May 7th,8th,9th &10th.
There will be some members there from the 4th thru the 10th. So the first group site will be available on monday and the second one will be available on thursday. Now here is the info that I am transferring over from the Ohio Chapter site to save typing time. This following info was posted by Arv1 on the Ohio Chapter Site :
As most of you already know the May meet will be held at West Branch State Park. West Branch is located by Ravenna. This is the same place we held it last year. Those that attended last year may remember that the weather didn't cooperate very well and the fishing was really tough. Hopefully this year will be better.
For those that don't know anything about West Branch, this is one of the main lakes in Ohio that receives annual stockings of muskie and does have record size muskie in it. It has a good population of LM and SM bass and a residual stocking of stripers from previous stockings. All of these species are good size. There are of course plenty crappie and gills all with their share of respectable sizes. Add on cats and pike and you have a pretty good fishery. There is a boat ramp at by the camp site and boats are unlimited.
Weather wise it sits right on the outer edges of the snow belt, and May in Ohio is unpredictable at best, however; May usually marks the biggest weather changes in this part of the state and the spawn cycles of the different fish species correspond with the weather changes. Meaning there is a lot of over lapping of cycles and feeding of the different fish species make it a good time to hit the water. Last year the weather was cool and windy during the day with light drizzle off and on and at night it was a little cold but nothing a blanket couldn't cure. It did make the hot freshly brewed coffee taste all that much better.
The lake has a lot of sudden points, drop offs, vegetation areas and several small islands to fish around. Water access from shore is available but somewhat sparse in some areas. It is a somewhat large lake and can catch some pretty good wind gusts. All in all if the weather cooperates it is a good lake to fish in and is a premier muskie lake.
We will once again be using the group sites. We will have one site from Thursday through Sunday and the second site Friday through Sunday. Capt. Jerry of PLAYINHOOKY CHARTERS will once again pay for the one site from Thursday to Sunday. The group sites cost $40.00 per night with electric, which we did use. All monies for the sites need to be to me before March 3, 2009. That is when I will be making the reservations. Anyone wanting to help in the cost of one night for a site, please post it here. Aarhunt said he would pay for one night. I will pay for one night. The weekend costs are covered. If anyone would want to be there all week, we would need 3 more nights paid for. Then we would have one group site for the entire week.
Anyone that wishes to use the group sites will be able to do so for no cost. If you choose to use other camp sites it will be your responsibility. Those reservations must be made directly thru the ODNR, either on line or over the phone.
One other thing that is different in order to help cut the chapter’s cost it was discussed and voted on to charge $2.00 per adult per day. This is to help defray the cost of Coffee, paper products and other misc. supplies we need to make the meet successful. If you wish to come, and for whatever the reason can't afford the $2.00 per night per adult, let me know and we will see what we can work out. I would hate to let anybody miss out on a great time over a couple of bucks. Don't be shy let me or one of the officers know by sending a pm, I have been through some real rough times myself before, and know what it is like.
This year we will have a boat sign up at the registration table for those that are bringing a boat and wouldn't mind sharing the space with someone that doesn't have a boat. It will be time specific and we ask anyone with a boat with extra space to share it with another member.
As chairman I believe that it is the chapter’s responsibility to offer some security for our campers and their property at the camp site. We will have a signup at the registration table for members to sign up and share the responsibility, instead of having a few people do it. This will give everyone some fishing and family time.
Other changes include an itinerary that will be handed out at the registration table to everyone as they sign in. It will include planned activities, kids’ activities, meal times, meeting times, and what ever else we need to put on it. Sounds busy but there will be plenty of fishing time, the idea is so everyone knows what is going on and when. As always it is up to the individual if they wish to take part in any activity. A group picture will also be on the agenda and that is the one thing we really want everyone to be a part of.
We keep you posted here for any additional information that comes up about the meet so please check right here often. If you have questions concerning any of this information please ask here otherwise please post questions under the specific topic. This will help us keep track of things.
Under this heading you will see several topics regarding the May meet. Please post your information under the specific topic heading. In order to make it easier to follow please resist from posting any commentary. Post commentary in the other areas of our web site. We will be monitoring this area at least daily so we can keep records and make sure we are up to date. It is difficult to follow so much information when there is extra commentary clogging it up.
We will monitor this site and the club site, so there will be duplicate sign up areas. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE sign up only on one site. WE WILL BE CHECKING BOTH SITES at least once a day and writing it down in case there are any computer problems. There will eventually be a master list posted under the appropriate topic and it will be kept current. Again please do not post on both our chapter site and the club site only post one time. If you don't see your information posted when the master is updated let Amym know and she will take care of it.
I think I got it all, finally, so please read over everything carefully and thank you for your cooperation.
NAFC Life Member, NAFC Ohio Chapter Co-Chairman, NAFC Ohio Chapter Chaplain, USMC Veteran Semper-Fi, Assistant Pastor, John 3:16,17