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November 2023 BLC Newsletter

Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7pm @ American Legion Nisswa

Greetings BLC Members,

Crazy to think that this is the final newsletter for this muskie season. With the final day of the 2023 season being Dec, 1st, you can do some quick math and come to the very real conclusion that you only have about 3 weeks left before the season is an official wrap. I realize cold weather fishing is not for everyone but if you are willing to do a little work, it may well produce your heaviest fish of the season. Above all, if you do venture out, make safety a top priority. Warm clothes, flotation devices/clothing, de-icer, sand,salt, WD-40 are a few essentials to name a few. And if you have decided that your season is already over, it's a great time to pull reels to send in for repair and of course buy more baits. Whatever you decide, I hope your season comes to a safe and successful end.  

Speaking of coming to an end, I will officially be stepping down from my position as president for the BLC at the end of December and just want to take a moment to offer my thanks for the opportunity to serve the organization and perhaps offer a little perspective. First, I want to say that I have been absolutely blessed to work with some of the best, most passionate people the past number of years. I've had the privilege to serve in a variety of positions the past 15 plus years as an ALD member, youth director and as your president. Your board has done an incredible job of continuing to prioritize youth in our area, provide multiple quality speakers, offer tons of fishing opportunities, offer resources to our local DNR, work to increase fisheries, and give back to the community. These activities were started long before my involvement and I'm thankful to have been a part of them. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the privilege I had to work with and learn from the late, great, Jeff Young. Jeff was a great example of someone who would say yes to an opportunity and then figure out how he would pull it off after. He offered a great example of stewardship toward a greater good and knew that any time he gave to something he believed in would be well worth the effort. I'd encourage us all to take a look at our willingness to assist and give to an organization that we believe in. I fully realize that we all have busy lives, time is precious and that we can't do everything. However, I would also state that if we don't make an active effort to be involved in things that we enjoy, like the BLC of Muskies Inc., organizations like ours can vanish as quickly as a following muskie. And as you have learned from muskie fishing, you may never get that fish back up again. We currently do not have anyone who has been willing to stand for the president position moving forward and non-profit organizations such as ours require designated board member positions for incorporation. If you've had the thought that maybe you could serve the BLC in a little more active role, I'd encourage you to throw your name in the ring and stand for the president or any other board position. Regular rotation of leadership is an essential component for organization success and sustainability. Again, I truly thank you for the opportunity to have served this organization the past number of years.  

To wrap up our final speaker of the year, we are excited to bring you Jeff Schulte, owner of Bomb Squad Baits and Phantom Lures. Jeff will be giving a real brief breakdown of his season, some muskie tips, how he got into the tackle industry, and bait building concepts. He will also have baits for sale and is hoping to even have a BRAND NEW prototype he will be offering for the 2024 season. On top of all that, Jeff is known as one of the best dressed and fashionable builders in the industry so that alone is worth showing up to see. You literally cannot afford to miss this opportunity. I look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday at the Nisswa American Legion.  

Thanks for this opportunity to serve the BLC.  

Jim Kath

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November 14th Meeting - Jeff Schulte - 7:00 pm

Jeff Schulte from Phantom Lures and Bomb Squad Baits has been a strong supporter of the BLC as one of our great sponsors and he will be joining us for our November meeting. Jeff will be sharing his knowledge of the lure making business along with some technique and bait building Q&A.

In addition to Jeff's presentation, he will also have a selection of lures along that will be available for purchase. There may even be a sneak peak at a prototype of a new lure he has in the works for 2024!

Meetings are open to the public and FREE to attend! Chance to win various prizes from lures or maybe a rod in our meeting raffles. Come to hear and share fish stories and more. One random door prize drawing for those in attendance. Bring your friends!

November 14

Monthly Meeting - Jeff Schulte - Phantom/Bomb Squad Baits

December 12

Monthly Meeting - Christmas Party/Chapter Elections

March 23, 2024

BLC Sportsman's Banquet

2023 Jeff Young Memorial Muskie Shootout

The 2023 Jeff Young Memorial Muskie Shootout at Leech Lake is a wrap! We want to extend a huge thank you to our amazing hosts for this event at Agency Bay Lodge, all of the manufacturers that contributed product for our raffles, those that assisted with organizing and putting on this tournament, and of course, all of the participants that joined us this year.

Congratulations to the 2023 winners, Jace Loge and Darian Rubner who boated a 42.5" fish on day one and the only two fish (44.5" and 50") in the entire field on day two for a come from behind victory!

Find complete results and a photo gallery on the Shootout page of the website.

2024 Banquet Date Set!

We are already working on and planning for the 2024 banquet! Keep your calendar open for Saturday, March 23, 2024. Cragun's Legacy Pavilion has been a great venue and host for us and we will be heading back there again in March.

BLC 2023 Outing Schedule - MHOTY

Our 2023 outing schedule has come to a conclusion. The fish proved to have a case of lock jaw during many of our outings this year with only two fish being caught. But with a 43.5" fish caught on Shamineau in October, Ron Fenske was able to secure the title of 2023 BLC Muskie Hunter of the Year. Congrats, Ron!!

Complete Outing Schedule, Rules, Standings and Results on the BLC Website

Changes for the BLC in 2024!

Like we do every year around this time of year, we are taking nominations for our 2024 board with elections set to take place at our December meeting. All positions are open and you can nominate any chapter member (including yourself) for any position on the board. We are always looking for and welcome new faces to the board that will help us continue with what we already do well, improve and expand in other areas, and to help bring new and fresh ideas for the chapter.

We often have those in elected positions retain their spots on the board. But the best way to continue to grow and evolve as a chapter is to have new folks step in and offer up their opinions and ideas. After all, we don't want to be like politicians that are seemingly in their jobs for life, right? No current board members will be offended if you are interested in throwing your hat in the ring for their position. Some may even welcome the opportunity to serve in a different role. So don't be shy! Volunteering can be a rewarding experience and it's a great way to get to know more of your fellow Muskies Inc members.

One position that will not be retained by the current individual is that of President. Yes, the BLC is looking for a new President in 2024! Jim has done an outstanding job in his role for the past 8 years. But due to outside commitments in his life, he is needing to step back and put his focus on those responsibilities. Thank you, Jim, for your years of service and dedication to the BLC! Jim won't be leaving the chapter. Just stepping down from his current role.

So whether it's President or any other position on the board, we would love for you to consider volunteering. If you are a BLC member, you are qualified. We work as a team and no one is on their own in whatever position they hold.

2023 Release Contest

Will you be the lucky Musky Tackle Online gift card winner at the November meeting? All you have to do is have at least one fish registered in October and attend the November meeting for a chance!

Current Release Standings

If you would like to participate in our 2023 release contest or be eligible for a free replica, please make sure to check out the above link and scroll down for requirements. Also remember that it can pay to participate in our release contest. All fish registered the previous month will go into a monthly drawing at our monthly meetings for a $25 Musky Tackle Online gift card. Must be present to win!

Special Offer on Abu Garcia Revo Toro Rocket

Musky Tackle Online has a great deal on Abu Garcia's Revo Toro Rocket with a little extra incentive for those that choose to have their order delivered to our November 14th meeting.

Like always, you are able to receive 10% off on any MTO order that is delivered to a monthly meeting (see below for details). On top of that, MTO will include a $20 MTO gift card for you with your purchase of any Revo Toro Rocket that is delivered to November's meeting.

This reel is currently on sale at nearly 40% off MSRP. Meeting delivery will get you an additional 10% off of this sale price PLUS a $20 gift card. A great deal for you or maybe someone on your Christmas shopping list!

Save 10% at Musky Tackle Online

Orders placed with Musky Tackle Online that are delivered at monthly meetings are eligible for a 10% discount (and no shipping charge, of course). You need not be a member. You simply need to show up at the meeting to receive your order. It's that simple!


How does it work?

1) Register an account at Musky Tackle Online.

2) Email Aaron at MTO to let him know that you would like to have your order delivered at the next meeting.

3) He will set your account up to receive the appropriate discount.

4) He will let you know when you can proceed with putting in your order. Discount will apply automatically in your cart.


The BLC will get paid too! For every order that is placed this way, MTO will match the discount amount in the form of a donation to the chapter in the same amount. So not only will you get a great deal on some gear, but you will be contributing financially to the BLC!

Please support our great sponsors that support us. We wouldn't be able to do the things that we do without their help!

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