Boy lands Harmon Lake pike — and $7,000

Carter Logan, 10, and his father, Sterling Logan, of Troy in Oakland County, celebrate after Carter won $7,000 by catching a prize-winning tagged pike on Harmon Lake during a Saturday fundraiser at The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning in Dayton Township of Tuscola County. (Courtesy photo)
Carter Logan, 10, and his father, Sterling Logan, of Troy in Oakland County, celebrate after Carter won $7,000 by catching a prize-winning tagged pike on Harmon Lake during a Saturday fundraiser at The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning in Dayton Township of Tuscola County. (Courtesy photo)

Carter Logan’s greatest outdoor feats have occurred near Mayville: Last fall the bowhunter shot his first deer there and on Saturday, he landed a pike that won him $7,000 in The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning’s annual ice-fishing contest.
Not bad for a 10-year-old.
“I had no words — when we got it I was just, like, ‘No way,’” said Sterling Logan, Carter’s father, who traveled to Harmon Lake on Saturday for the contest that raises money for The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning, which provides year-round programs for children and adults with special needs.
Contest organizers tagged 10 pike with numbers, and drew one number as the one that awards $7,000 to anyone catching the pike tagged with that number.
“When he caught a tagged fish, that was worth $100, so I told (Carter) ‘Hey, it’s cool, we won $100,’” Sterling Logan said. “Then when they did the drawing and announced the winning number, I was, like, ‘No way.’”
Sterling and Nicole Logan and their two children, Carter and Cassidy, 7, made the 70-mile drive from Troy to Harmon Lake in Tuscola County to visit Nicole’s father and stepmother, Tim and Julie Vermurlen, who live on Cat Lake in Dayton Township.
“I actually cried — I was not at Harmon Lake but at my dad’s house — and my dad called me and he said ‘Carter just won the grand prize’ and I said ‘Stop lying to me,’ and he said ‘No, I’m serious — they just called the winner,’” Nicole Logan said.
“I started crying. I just couldn’t believe it. I was so excited for him.”
Sterling Logan said Tim Vermurlen invited the Logan family to compete in the ice-fishing contest about four miles northeast of Mayville.
The ice-fishing contest, in its 22nd year, has seen one other angler win the $7,000 grand prize: Darren Matthews of Fostoria in 2011. Anglers buy tickets to take part in the contest, with 311 tickets sold this year, according to Lynn M. Seeloff, assistant director at The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning.
High temperatures on Saturday surpassed 50 degrees. “It was the nicest day we have ever had,” Seeloff stated in a press release.
Workers held two 50/50 raffles, with Robert Moen of Caro winning $653 in the morning raffle and Jaason Bishop of Attica winning $379 in the afternoon raffle.
Matt Armstrong of Munger caught the largest pike of the day, a 29.5-inch fish.
No fish made as many waves, though, as the pike hauled in by Carter Logan, a fifth-grader at Wattles Elementary School in the Troy School District in Oakland County.
“The majority of (the $7,000) is going to go into his college savings account, and we’ll give him an amount that he can kind of spend at his discretion, though we’ll have some input,” Nicole Logan said. “We’ll donate some money as well to (The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning).”
Seeloff issued a special thank-you to Hartland Insurance Group, the Meijer store in Lapeer, Imlay City Fish Farm and Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth.
Carter shot his first deer last fall, using a compound bow and arrow, in the woods near Tim Vermurlen’s home in Dayton Township. He later landed another deer that season with a crossbow, also near Mayville.
“He’s had a big year,” Nicole Logan said. “All he keeps telling us is how happy he is, and for us that’s what it’s all about.”
When asked if Carter Logan will compete next year in The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning’s ice-fishing contest, Nicole Logan said “I don’t think we’ll be able to keep him away.”
Tom Gilchrist is a reporter for The Advertiser and can be reached at gilchrist@tcadvertiser.com

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