Limaland bass anglers back in action

Al Smith - Guest Columnist

Limaland bass anglers will be back in action this week on two different circuits.

Most will be fishing the Ohio River today out of Tanner’s Creek in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, in the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division’s second tourney of the year.

A trio of bassers hope to follow up good starts they had in the season opener, which also was held on the Ohio River out of Tanner’s Creek.

They include veteran boaters Dick Shaffer, of Rockford, and Cody Seeger of Bellefontaine, and co-angler John Lane, of Findlay, Shaffer placed third while Seeger was sixth among boaters and Lane was sixth among co-anglers.

While area bassers are competing on the Ohio River, Ottawa’s Kyle Weisenburger will fish the regular season finale on the FLW Tour at Lake St. Clair in Michigan. He will fish Thursday and Friday in hopes of qualifying to fish the final two days on the weekend. He sits in 92nd place in the points standings and needs to finish among the top 100 to qualify for next year’s tour.

Several Lima anglers fished well in the season opener on Burt and Mullet in T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division

Five of them caught five-bass limits in the boater category.

Lima’s Zach Maisch led that quintet with a total of 20 pounds, 3 ounces, which placed him 17th. Wilson Burton, of Findlay had a total weight of 19 pounds, 11 ounces, which placed him 24th. Matt Elkins, of Spencerville was 41st with a weight of 18 pounds, 5 ounces while Alex Newman, of Wapakoneta, was 44th with a weight of 17 pounds, 5 ounces. Shaffer passed up the Hoosier Division event that weekend and fished the Michigan Division and had a limit weight of 17 pounds, 1 ounce and finished 53rd.

Vickie Maisch Rumer, of Lima, finished 26th in the boater category with three bass that weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Beau Bickford and Michael Kokoska, both of Findlay, each caught one bass. Bickford’s weighed 3, pounds, 14 ounces while Kokoska’s weighed 3 pounds. They finished 61st and 76th, respectively.

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A pair of new state record fish have been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio (OWO) State Record Fish Committee. And they are vastly different in weights.

A new Ohio record Buffalo Sucker was shot by Josh Bowmar of Westerville in Hoover Reservoir in Delaware County. It weighed 43 pounds and was taken bowfishing on May 21 using a recurve bow with 150-pound line. Bowmar’s Bigmouth Buffalo is 43.5 inches long and 28-7/8 inches in girth. SueAnn Newswanger, age nine, of Shiloh, caught a record Green Sunfish that weight 1.20 pounds in a Richland County farm pond. Newswanger caught the Green Sunfish May 13 on a spincast rod with a night crawler. Newswanger’s Green Sunfish is 11 inches long and 10.5 inches in girth.

Bowmar’s catch replaces the previous state record Buffalo Sucker which was shot in Lake Erie by Brent

McGlone on Oct. 11, 2013 weighing 40.80 pounds and measuring 40.5 inches long. Newswanger’s catch replaces the previous state record Green Sunfish which was caught in a farm pond by Timothy C. Hively on May 8, 2005, weighing 0.99 pounds and measuring 10-5/8 inches long.

Ohio’s record fish are determined on the basis of weight only.

Ohio’s state record fish are certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee with assistance from fisheries biologists with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Fisheries biologists Marty Lundquist and Nick Radabaugh from the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s District One office confirmed the identification of Bowmar’s catch as a Bigmouth Buffalo. Fisheries biologist Mike Wilkerson from the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s District Two office confirmed the identification of

Newsawanger’s catch as a Green Sunfish.

For more information on Ohio’s state record fish program contact Fred Snyder, chairman, OWO

State Record Fish Committee, 754 Co. Rd. 126, Fremont, Ohio 43420, phone (419) 332-0777, email,

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Fowl facts: Diving ducks must run across the water to reach the speed necessary for takeoff and beat their wings rapidly to remain airborne. This relationship between the size of a bird’s wings and its body is known as wing loading. Dabbling ducks with larger wing spans, like mallards, exhibit low wing loading. They don’t need to beat their wings as rapidly as divers, who have high wing loading.

Learn more about “Wings in Action” from Ducks Unlimited:

Just one day after hatching, wood duck ducklings must take a leap of faith. One by one the ducklings jump from their nest, which can be over 65 feet above the ground. They are not capable of flight until they are eight or nine weeks of age, but they are so light that the fall doesn’t harm them. They then make their way to water as their mother calls to them.

Al Smith

Guest Columnist

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

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