Weisenburger sees FLW TITLE format as a challenge


When Kyle Weisenburger begins his fourth year on the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) tour, he will be fishing some waters he competed on in the past and also hopes to qualify for the FLW TITLE Champion tourney, which will be fished under a different format.

The Columbus Grove bass angler finished 45th in the points standings a year ago. His first FLW tourney will be on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas, on Jan. 23-26. The FLW kicked off last year’s schedule at Sam Rayburn.

The tour also stopped at Cherokee Lakes in Jefferson City, Tennessee, last year and will do so again on April 2-5. The other five schedules tourneys are: Feb. 20-23 on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida; March 19-22 on Lake Martinin Alexander City, Alabama; April 23-26 on Lake Hartwell in Anderson in South Carolina; May 14-17 on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas And June 27-30 (a Saturday-Tuesday event) on the Detroit River in Trenton, Michigan.

Weisenburger likes the aspect of finishing the schedule on waters close to home.

“The Detroit river area has been red hot and heavy bags will be caught! It will be nice it is close to home and hopefully I can cap off qualifying for the title event,” he said.

The Lima area pro sees the TITLE event as a challenge.

The top 50 pros will compete on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York on Aug. 8-13 under a new format.

In the FLW TITLE, anglers will compete using the Major League Fishing catch, weigh, and instantly release format. The TITLE field will divide into two groups of 25 (Group A and B) whereas Group A competes on days one and three and Group B competes on days two and four. Based on the cumulative two-day weight total, the top ten from each Group (field of 20) will advance to day five. The top 10 pros after day five will advance to the sixth and final day of competition for the opportunity to become the inaugural FLW TITLE Champion with a top prize of $200,000.

“It definitely may change one’s approach to some lakes. It will be more under the gun decision making. I am always up for new challenges,” Weisenburger said.

The seven regular-season events will operate under a four-day, five-bass limit format with a full field of 150 anglers competing on days one and two. The field will cut to the top 30 on day three, and then the top 10 will advance to the championship round on day four.

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A basic archery instructor training is scheduled for Dec. 5 at the Sacred Heart Elementary School, located at 400 Nilles Road in Fairfield. The free course runs from 3:30-10 p.m. Preregistration is required by Dec. 4. Interested persons may register at naspbai.org.

National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) instructors teach target archery to elementary, middle and high school students within the school gym. The curriculum covers archery, safety, equipment, technique, concentration skills and self-improvement. When students are introduced to the sport of archery, the in-school educational component is only the beginning. Many NASP-participating schools then start after-school programs and archery teams.

The NASP program was introduced into 12 Ohio schools in 2004. More than 900 Ohio schools now have teachers certified to instruct target archery. More than 47,000 Ohio students participated in NASP as part of their physical education curriculum during the 2016-2017 school year.

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A free firearms maintenance class is being offered by the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) on Dec. 18 at its Wildlife District Five office, located at 076 Old Springfield Pike in Xenia.

The workshop, which is designed for a novice shooter or hunter, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Participants are asked not to bring firearms to the workshop since all equipment will be provided. According to the DOW, instructors will cover topics including safe assembly, disassembly, care and maintenance of common firearms for hunting, sport shooting or self-defense.

Since workshop space is limited, preregistration is required. No walk-ins will be permitted. Deadline for registration is Dec. 17. Interested persons may register online at https://apps.ohiodnr.gov/wildlife/educationregistration/.

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For more than 50 years, Mepps has sought squirrel tails from hunters for use in their different kinds of spinners.

The lure make continues to seek these tails because squirrel tails have hair, not fur.

The company says fur doesn’t have the rippling, pulsating movement of squirrel hair in the water. It emphasizes it is only interested in recycling tails taken from squirrels that have been harvested for the table. Mepps does not advocate taking squirrels strictly for their tails.

Mepps pays up to 26 cents for each tail. That depends upon on quantity and quality of tails. It accepts fox, black, gray and red squirrel tails. The company notes the cash value is doubled if the tails are traded for Mepps lures.

The lure maker has tried a variety of natural and synthetic materials for its lures, but has found squirrel hair works best. It has tried bear hair, fox, coyote, badger, skunk, deer, even Angus cow.

For all the details on the Squirrel Tail Program, either visit their web site www.mepps.com or call 800-713-3474. Mepps, 626 Center St., Antigo, Wisconsin 54409.

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Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

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