Three area anglers among top five in point standings

A trio of familiar Lima area pro bass anglers are among the top five in the points standings of the Buckeye Division in the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) with one tournament remaining this season.

Kyle Weisenburger of Columbus Grove, Cody Seeger of Lewistown, and Dick Shaffer of Rockford ranked 3-4-5 in the pro standings after the Aug. 17 tourney on the Ohio River out of Tanner’s Creek, Indiana. Weisenburger moved up from sixth place, Seeger jumped from 16th place and Shaffer vaulted from 18th.

They also are assured of qualifying for the Potomac River regional on Oct. 17-19. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in each BFL region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in regional competition.

Shaffer had his best tourney of the year as he placed 3rd with 3 bass that weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounce. Seeger was 6th with a 5-bass limit that weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Weisenburger was 27th with 2 bass that weighed 3 pounds, 13 ounces.

Three other Lima area pros finished in the top 50. Craig Burwell of North Baltimore was 24th with 3 bass that weighed 4 pounds, 5 ounces, Jay Ellis of Findlay was 30th with 3 bass that weighed 3 pounds, 9 ounces and Bob Logan of Waynesfield was 35th with 2 bass that weighed 3 pounds, 3 ounces.

That trio also ranks in the top 50 in the points standings. Logan is 22nd, Burwell 24th and Ellis 47th.

On the co-angler side, three Lima area bassers finished in the top 50 at the tourney. John Long of New Bremen was 20th with 1 bass that weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces, Chad Rader of McComb, was 34th with 1 bass that weighed 1 pound 3 ounces and Ron Weisenburger of Continental was 43rd with 1 bass that weighed 14 ounces.

In the points standings, Weisenburger climbed to 11th from 16th and Long moved from 47th to 29th. Rader is just outside the top 50 at 52nd. Carter Mox of Minster is 35th and Jon Angstmann of St. Marys is 39th. They did not catch fish in the tourney. Lee Houck of Arlington is 52nd in the standings. He also did not catch a fish in the tourney.

The season-ending tourney will be held Sept. 21 on Mosquito Lake.

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When Kyle Weisenburger fishes the FLW Tour next year, he will have one opportunity to fish close to home. The final tourney on the seven-event tour will be held on the Detroit River out of Trenton, Michigan, on June 25-28.

The season begins Jan. 25-25 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir out of Brookeland, Texas. The next five tourneys will be held in the South. They include: Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida, Feb. 20-23; Lake Martine in Alexander, Alabama, March 19-22; Cherokee Lake in Jefferson City, Tennessee, April 2-5; Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, April 23-26 and Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas, May 14-17.

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A free bass fishing event for veterans will be held Saturday (Aug.31) on Lake Erie. The event, hosted by Burwell Angling, still needs boaters to take a veteran on the outing. If interested, contact Elliott Shaffer at 419-348-5583.

The launch and anthem will take place at 7 a.m. at Cullen Park and Marina, located at 4526 North Summit St. Rear, Toledo. Places will go from first to third. A big bass place also will be featured.

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There are different surveys fisheries managers use to sample and determine population of fish species in Lake Erie.

Surveys include creel, gill net and trawl. Creel surveys are done by clerks who interview anglers on and along Lake Erie. Gil net surveys, which target adult fish, will be placed in 77 locations beginning next month and will remain there through November. Trawl surveys take place from May through September targeting young of the year walleye and yellow perch at done at around 90 sampling locations in the Ohio portion of the lake.

Other wildlife agencies (Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, Canada) also college data on fish from the lake. According to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, “Each year’s data is then combined with previous years’ data estimate population sizes and tell biologist how many fish from each year-class are in the lake.”

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Anglers who have always wanted to learn how to fly fish have an opportunity to learn the basics at a free workshop in Fort Wayne, Indiana, sponsored by the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The workshop is slated from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Salomon Farm Park at 817 West Dupont Road, which is located in northern Fort Wayne. The Hoosier city in about an hour and 15-minute drive from Lima.

Pre-registration is required for the free workshop. Contact Matthew Linn at [email protected] or phone 260-244-6805. Registration closes at midnight on Sept. 25.

The workshop is designed to teach participants how to fly fish on their own. First, participants will learn about fish biology, habitat, and fishing regulations. They will then learn about fly fishing tackle and techniques before practicing casting a fly rod that they put together. Finally, participants will use their newly acquired skills and knowledge to go fly fishing.

Participants must be 16 years old or older. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a registered and related adult. Participants age 18 and older must have a fishing license, which must be purchased in advance online at or a local retailer. A daily license is available for $9.

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

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

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