Four area anglers in good position to qualify for regional tourney

By Al Smith - Guest Columnist

Four familiar Limaland Bass Fishing League (BFL) anglers seem assured of qualifying for regional tourney competition while three others can lock up spots with a decent outing during the season’s final tourney in the Ohio Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, earn spots in the regional championship on the Chesapeake Bay in northeast, Maryland, from Oct. 11-13.

The local bassers solidified spots in the points standings after doing well in the T-H Marine FLW BFL event on Mosquito Lake last Sunday.

The four all caught five-bass limits. Cody Seeger, of Bellefontaine, sits fourth in the points standings with 934. His limit, which weighed 10 pounds, 5 ounces, was good enough for 24th place. Dick Shaffer, of Rockford, is seventh with 905 points. His limit of 11 pounds, 5 ounces, gave him a 15h place finish. Kyle Weisenburger, of Ottawa, moved into 13th place with a limit, which weighed 12 pounds, 10 ounces. He has 864 points and finished ninth in the tourney. That trio is all boaters. Co-angler Ron Weisenburger, of Continental, is 18th in the points standings with 716 points. He finished 20th in the tourney with a limit that weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces.

That quartet has qualified for regional competition in the past.

The trio of boaters Jay Ellis, of Celina, and Craig Burwell, of North Baltimore, plus co-angler John Lane, of Findlay, need good showings on Sept. 8 at Indian Lake to qualify for the regional.

Ellis had a tough day at Mosquito with no keeper fish and dropped to 37th in the points standings with 666. Burwell had his best outing of the year by finishing fourth in the tourney with a limit that weighed 14 pounds, 13 ounces. He is 43rd in the points standings with 650. Lane caught one bass that weighed 1 pounds, 5 ounces and was 79th. He sits at 38th in the points standings with 646.

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Over the past decade I’ve run into anglers from the Lima area fishing at Oxbow Lake on the Oxbow Lake Wildlife area, located northwest of Defiance. They should note the ramp on the lake is closed. It has rusted through in several spots and will require new decking material, according to Ohio Division of Wildlife. The DOW is working on estimates for the repair. It does not yet have a timeline on when it will reopen.

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Many people consider the Labor Day holiday as the last weekend of summer although those who enjoy the water can be out well into October and later.

With an expected busy weekend by boaters, it’s a good reminder to reinforce safety and also etiquette at the ramp.

Patience and courtesy on the water goes a long way in avoiding problems.

Some boating safety tips to follow:

Alcohol and boating don’t mix. Wind, sun, glare and heat can enhance the effects of alcohol hindering the operator’s ability to make decisions.

Before leaving the house, check the trailer lights, wheel bearings and the hitch.

Make sure there is a current fire extinguisher and horn/whistle, a wearable life jacket for everyone and a USCG approved throwable device onboard.

File a float plan with a friend, including your destination, expected time of return and type of boat.

Wear your lifejacket - it floats, you don’t.

Inflatable lifejackets are light weight, comfortable and USCG approved. Wear it.

- Watch the weather. Always check the forecast before departing on the water and frequently during the excursion.

The National Safe Boating Council is conducting a boating awareness survey through Labor Day as part of the safe boating campaign. The survey is available online. The responses will be used to inform the future development of the campaign. The survey can be accessed at

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The new archery range at Maumee Bay State Park is free and offers seven shooting lanes with a combination of static bag targets and 3D targets. The range, located on the grounds of Maumee Bay State Park, located at 1400 State Park Road, Oregon. The entrance to the range is just past the park office on Park Road 1.

Only field points are allowed - no broadheads - are allowed on the range, which is open sunrise to sunset.

The range was funded by Ohio hunting and fishing license sales and monies generated by the Pittman-Robertson Act. The Pittman-Robertson Act was enacted by in 1937 and puts an 11 percent federal excise tax on sporting arms, handguns, ammunition, bows and arrows.

The construction of this range was completed through a partnership between the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Ohio Division of Parks and Watercraft.

By 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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