We had a good variety of vendors, including JB's Fishing Depot, Pro Tackle, Fishing World and many independent bait makers such as Shawn Maher, Brett Cournoyea, Frank DiMarcantonio, Darryl Day and others. Artists, lodge owners and representatives from the tackle industry including Bob Stirling (St. Croix), "Big"Jim McLaughlin (Shimano). Attendance was down from the 2007 Odyssey, but we still made some good money for the fishery. We had a very successful silent Auction with guided trips, rods/reels, custom baits, art work, etc. And two HUGE lure raffles.
We had a great line up of speakers, MCI President Ian Young opened the show, and presented Dale MacNair with a special recognition plaque for his 57"x 33" release. Next up was Muskie Historian Larry Ramsell, followed by TV/Web show Host Aaron Shirley, OMNR Biologists Jason Borwick and Arunas Liskauskas, and TV Host Bob Mehsikomer. The current Odyssey committee has several members that need a much deserved break after being involved in the planning and implementation of more than a few Odyssey's, please consider helping run, or hosting the 2011 Muskie Odyssey.
Thanks again to volunteers Mark Sauder, Paul Mountain, Reid Frank, Jerry Sir, Rob Helmink, Barry Smith, John Ross, Mike and Tom McCutcheon, John and Dave Creighton, Dave Adamson, Glenn Tonge, Andy Pappas, Ross Nichols, Al Bradshaw, Marc Pitre, Ron Reyns, Steve Bedarf, Tim Dempster, Mike Goodhew, Chris Purdy, Davin Heinbuck, and Kevin Allan. The committee responsible for planning and running the 2009 Muskie Odyssey are, left to right , Dax Jacklin(1), Dean Dajko(2), Vince Giuliani(2),Chris Chilcott(3), Rick Langford(2), Donnie Stewart(1), Dave Allan(2), Bruno Biancucci(1), and Rob Howitt(4). * The number in brackets represents the number of Odyssey Committees these individuals have served on.