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Siblings Win Ohio Muskie Award

April 22, 2013
Ohio Valley Outdoors

NORTH CANTON, OH - The Ohio Huskie Muskie Club and ODNR have recognized Jake Lederer (age 17) and Jenna Lederer (age 12) for catching the largest muskies in the State of Ohio (2012) in the "Junior Angler Released" category. Each youth received their award on March 23 at the 52nd Annual Awards Banquet held at the 356th Fighter Group Banquet Hall in North Canton, Ohio.

Jake caught a 44" muskie on July 7, 2012 at Salt Fork Lake near Cambridge Ohio. Jenna caught a 42" muskie on July 4, 2012 also at Salt Fork Lake. The Lederer's were spending the holiday time at the lake tubing and also pre-fishing for the Ohio Muskie Tournament Trail (OMTT) event to be held the following weekend, in which Jake and his Dad dominated the event by taking first place and "Big Fish" for the event. With Jake unfortunately missing out on taking the full sweep when three fish got off the line when it was his turn to reel in the fish, which would have given him second place as well. This was unusual for Jake to lose that many fish, "but it is muskie fishing and it does happen," said his father.

"We had a very hot pattern working where we were catching up to six muskies a day. We starting our prefishing on Wednesday catching five fish in about 2 1/2 hours," stated Fred. "Thursday repeated itself and then we went far away from our "hot spot" on Friday to not pressure the fish. We returned late in the day to the "hot spot" only to make sure the fish had not moved. We caught another muskie and decided to go back to camp knowing we had a good shot of winning the tournament."

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Jenna Lederer caught this 42” muskie at Salt Fork Lake near Cambridge, OH.

Jake and Jenna have always enjoyed muskie fishing with their father, Fred Lederer, who has been the President of the Ohio Huskie Muskie Club, Inc. for the last eight years. Jake has also been a club trustee for four years prior to becoming the club secretary for the last two years. Jake and his dad actively compete on the OMTT and his dad will also be fishing the PMTT (Professional Muskie Tournament Trail) starting in April with the club's Treasurer, Paul Anderson from Bloomingdale, Ohio.

"I would rather Jake be my partner for PMTT," said his father, but too many of the PMTT events are held during the school year and that's more important. "We have the summer to fish OMTT, club tournaments and a few other tournaments."

Jake is a junior at Perrysburg High School. It was Jake's second year in a row for winning this award in the boy's class and Jenna's third time in the girl's class. Jenna is a student at Perrysburg Junior High School.

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OHMC is the third oldest muskie fishing club in the United States. The website is: www..OHMCI.org.

It is the first time in the club's 53 years that a brother and sister have taken the award in the same year. OHMC is the third oldest muskie fishing club in the United States. The website is: www..OHMCI.org.

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