Limaland bass angler Kyle Weisenburger made a remarkable turnaround on the FLW Tour and will be back to fish it again in 2019.
With a 34th place finish on Lake St. Clair (Michigan) a week ago, he finished the season in 68th place in the points standings. A year ago he wound up in 85th place. The top 100 bassers qualify to return to the FLW Tour.
Weisenburger boated a pair of five-bass limits that weighed 19, pounds, 9 ounces and 19, pounds, 3 ounces, respectively. His two-day weight of 38 pounds, 12 ounces fell a handful of ounces from fishing on the third day. Yet, the Ottawa angler was pleased with the way he finished the season.
“It was a great week to finish up the tour season. Lots of family and friends came up to the event which made it even more special,” Weisenburger said.
After a terrible beginning to the season when he stood 167th in the points standings, he was excited to move up 100 places by season’s end.
“I was able to grind out a decent season. It has been a great last month or two fishing. I can’t wait to fish again out here next year,” Weisenburger said.
He almost understated when he said, “Lake St. Clair is an unbelievable lake with huge size and numbers of smallmouth bass.”
Chad Grigsby of Maple Grove, Minnesota, had a four-day total of 20 bass weighing 97-8 gave him the tourney win by a 2-pound, 3-ounce margin over second-place angler Costa pro Dylan Hays of Sheridan, Arkansas, who weighed 20 bass for 95-5 to finish second and earn $30,200. Grigsby averaged nearly five pounds per fish.
Weisenburger now will concentrate on the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Tour with hopes of qualifying out of the Buckeye Division for a regional berth and then hoping to gain another spot in the All-American tourney, which he has fished the past two years.
He and four other Limaland bassers are among the top 50 anglers in the pro points standings un the Buckeye Division.
Weisenburger placed 21st in the last Buckeye Division tourney on the Ohio River out of Tanner’s Creek in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. His three bass that weighed 4 pounds moved him into 35th place in the points standings.
Cody Seeger, of Bellefontaine, sits in fourth place in the standings and was 26th at Tanner’s Creek with two bass that weighed 3 pounds, 7 ounces. Dick Shaffer, of Rockford, is 17th in the standings and was 55th at Tanner’s Creek with one bass that weighed 1 pounds, 6 ounces. Jay Ellis, of Celina, is 27th in the standings and tied for 26th at Tanner’s Creek with 3, pounds, 7 ounces. Craig Burwell, of North Baltimore, is 48th in the points standings. He finished 36th at Tanner’s Creek with 2 pounds, 12 ounces.
On the co-angler side, John Lane, of Findlay, is 12th in the points standings. He was 42nd at Tanner’s Creek with one fish that weighed 1 pound, 3 ounces. Ron Weisenburger is 49th in the points standings.
There are three tourneys left in the BFL Buckeye Division. They will be held on the Ohio River out of Maysville on July 21, Mosquito Lake on Aug. 18 and Indian Lake on Sept. 8.
A number of Limaland bassers who fish the Michigan Division likely are looking forward to fishing Lake St. Clair next Saturday (July 14).
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A pair of fly fishing clinics at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery, located off Ohio 269, have a drawing deadline of July 30.
They are offered by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and give participants an opportunity to fish Cold Creek, which offers plenty of rainbow trout as well as an occasional brown or brook trout.
One of the beginning fly fishing clinics has been popular for years and offers 100 slots available on Fridays from Aug. 31-Oct. 5 with the exception of Sept. 7. The sessions will be from 8 a.m. until noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 31, Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5.
Ten permits are available in each of two sessions on Sept. 8 for mobility-impaired anglers interested in fly fishing. A morning session will be held from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. while the afternoon sessions runs from 1-5 p.m.
Applicants for the regular fly fishing clinic must submit a postcard listing their name, address, customer ID number, and phone number. The successful applicant may bring one guest to participate in the clinic. Only one postcard per applicant is allowed and no duplicates may be submitted. Postcards should be sent to: ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay 45840, Attention: Beginner Fly Fishing Clinics.
Successful applicants will receive an assigned session date and time. Permits are not transferable. Anglers may only participate once in the beginning fly fishing classes as either a permit holder or guest. All anglers age 16 and older are required to have a valid Ohio fishing license.
Applicants for the mobility impair clinic must submit a postcard listing their name, address, customer ID number, and phone number. Only one postcard per applicant is allowed and no duplicates may be submitted. Postcards should be sent to: ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay 45840, Attention: Mobility-Impaired Fly Fishing Clinics.
Successful applicants will receive a letter with additional details. Permits are not transferable. Successful applicants must bring a non-fishing attendant. All anglers age 16 and older are required to have a valid Ohio fishing license, however, some anglers may qualify for a free fishing license. To determine if the angler qualifies for a free license check the annual fishing regulations booklet, wildohio.gov, or call 800-945-3543.
Submissions for each lottery must be postmarked by July 30.
Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL