Lima area trio among top 20 pros at Indian Lake tourney

Lima area bass anglers found an are more to their liking last Saturday (July 27) in the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on Indian Lake.

After failing to place anyone in the top 20 in the prior BFL event on the Ohio River, the area had three place among the top 20 pros and one place among the top 20 in the co-angler division.

Kyle Weisenburger, of Columbus Grove, and B.J. Baxter, of Willshire, placed 7th and 9th respectively in the pro division while Rockford’s Dick Shaffer was 16th. Weisenburger caught a 5-bass limit that weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces while Baxter had a limit that weighed 8 pounds. Shaffer had 4 bass that weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

Four other Lima area bassers finished in the top 50. Cody Seeger, of Lewistown, and Bob Logan, of Waynesfield, each had a limit that weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce and tied for 25th. Jay Ellis, of Celina, and Brandon Good, of Fort Jennings each had a weight of 3 pounds, 4 ounces with Ellis’s coming on 3 bass and Good’s coming on 2 bass. They tied for 43rd place.

On the co-angler side, Carter Mox, of Minster, finished 7th with 3 bass that weighed 4 pounds, 15 ounces. Jim Angstmann, of St. Marys, was 24th with 2 bass that weighed 2 pounds, 5 ounces. Ron Weisenburger, of Continental, was 25th with a bass that weighed 1 pounds, 14 ounces while Brian Dabbelt, of Celina, was 29th with a fish that weighed 1 pound 10 ounces.

Six Lima area anglers are among the top 50 in the pro points standings while 5 area anglers are among the top 50 in the co-angler standings.

Among the pros, Weisenburger is 6th, Seeger is 16th, Shaffer is 18th, Logan is 30th, Craig Burwell, of North Baltimore, is 36th and Baxter is 44th. On the co-angler side, Weisenburger is 16th, Mox is 23rd, Angstmann is 26th, Lee Houck, of Arlington, is 36th and John Long, of New Bremen, is 47th.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers, plus qualifying-tournament winners in each division advance to regional championships. Anglers from the Hoosier and Michigan divisions will fish the regional at Kentucky-Barkley Lakes on Oct. 17-19 while anglers from the Buckeye division regional will fish the Potomac River regional on Oct. 17-19.

The next Buckeye Division tourney will be held on the Ohio River out of Tanners Creek, Indiana.

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The opening hunting seasons are mere weeks away. Those needing to take a hunter education course should be registering for one ASAP.

A few are scheduled in the Lima area over the next month. Registering for a course is easy. Go to Look under education and discovery, Find hunter education courses. Click on find a course. Make sure to click classroom. Then when you find the one you like, register online.

One will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. next Saturday (Aug. 10) at the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office located at 1025 S. Main St. in Kenton. Another will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the Ada Public Library, located at 320 N. Main St., in Ada. A course will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Western Ohio Fish & Game Club, located at 2393 Easterly Road in St. Marys.

Some courses are located outside the Lima area, but are within a decent drive of certain places in the area.

One will be held next Saturday (Aug. 10) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Antwerp Conservation Club, located at 17814 Township Road 53 in Antwerp. One is set for Aug. 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Aug. 18 from noon-4 p.m. at Meekers Sportsman’s Club, located at 1658 August-Meeker Road in Marion. Another is slated from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Troy Fish & Game Club located at 2618 Lefevre Road in Troy. The final one is scheduled to run from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 26, 27 and 29 at the Waldo Sportsman Club, located on Waldo Western Road in Waldo.

Additional courses may be scheduled in the future. Keep checking back on the website for new courses.

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The Division of Wildlife (DOW) will hold a drawing for approximately 70 blinds for waterfowl season at Mercer Wildlife Area at 8 a.m. on Aug. 17. Registrations begins at the area, located at 6115 Ohio 703, Celina, 45822.

Interested applicants must appear in person with proof of a 2019 Ohio hunting license, Ohio wetlands habitat stamp endorsement in the applicant’s name, a signed 2019 federal duck stamp and a current Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification prior to the drawing. HIP certification is free and can be accomplished by calling 877-447-6446

Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the permit contract and provide the required license and stamps.

There are restrictions on hunters who apply. They can apply for only one duck blind permit. No one can apply or draw for another person. Lottery winners have 45 days to construct their blinds. All blinds must be dismantled by March 15, 2020.

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Waterfowl hunters may participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities on Aug. 15, according to the DOW. The wildlife agency will be hold drawings for waterfowl hunts occurring at Pipe Creek Wildlife Area and East Sandusky Bay Metro Park. Both drawings will be held at Osborn Park located at 3910 Perkins Ave. in Huron. Registration is between 5 p.m.-6:20 p.m. The drawing will begin promptly 6:30 p.m.

To be eligible to apply all applicants (adult and youth) must be properly licensed to hunt the species for which the hunt is being held (i.e. possess a current hunting license, any necessary permits, stamps, or certifications such as HIP). Applicants must be present to be eligible.


A lottery drawing for special deer hunts on Transportation Research Center, Inc. (TRC) property in Logan County will be held at the West Mansfield Conservation Club on Aug. 14.

Registration begins at 5 p.m. with the drawing set for 6 p.m. at the club, located at 700 South Main St. Approximately 15 hunters (and partners) will be drawn for the hunts scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 28-Dec. 1.

To participate in the drawing, hunters must appear in person, be at least 18 years old and present a 2019-2020 Ohio hunting license and deer permit. Youth hunters may participate in the hunt but are not eligible for the drawing.

Hunters must attend a mandatory orientation on Sept. 12 and must follow all rules and regulations that apply to Ohio’s deer-archery hunting season. They also must follow rules that are assigned to this special controlled deer hunt. Permits are transferable up to the date of the orientation session, but not after that date.

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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