Nine area bass anglers qualify for regionals

By Al Smith - Guest Columnist

Three Lima area bass anglers in the Michigan Division of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) joined six Lima area anglers who fish in the Buckeye Division in qualifying for the Oct 14-16 Potomac River regional out of Smallwood State Park in Marbury, Maryland.

Zach Maisch of Lima and Wilson Burton of Findlay qualified in the boater category while former Lima resident Vickie Maisch Rumer qualified in the co-angler category.

Maisch moved up to 14th in the final points standings while Burton moved to 29th. Rumer finished 31st in the points standings.

Neither of the trio qualified to fish the second day of the two-day event last weekend on the Detroit River. Burton had a five-bass limit the first day that weighed 14 pounds, 11 ounces while Maisch had a five-bass limit that weighed 14 pounds, 8 ounces. Rumer caught four bass that weighed 12 pounds, 3 ounces.

Maisch and Rumer have qualified in the past for regional competition, but could not fish in it because of work commitments. They will fish the Potomac River event. Burton fished second in the Mississippi River regional last fall and qualified and fished in the All-American Championship this summer.

Lima area anglers in the Buckeye Division qualified two weekends ago for the regional following a two-day event on Lake Erie. In the boater category, Gary Ginter of Bellefountaine, Kyle Weisenburger of Columbus Grove, Bob Logan of Waynesfield, and Dick Shaffer of Rockford qualified in the boater category while Ron Weisenburger of Continental and John Lane of Findlay qualified in the co-angler category.

The top 45 anglers from the Michigan and Ohio divisions will join the top 45 anglers form the Northeast and Piedmont divisions in the regional.

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The interest in a fly fishing club in the Lima area surpassed the expectations of Brad Sherrick, president of the Allen County Sportsmen and Farmers Association.

About 15 people attended the first meeting, which surprised Sherrick, who was expecting about 8-10 individuals for the meeting at the association’s South Kemp Road facility.

“I would say at least 60% at the meeting have never fly fished,” Sherrick said. “That has to be exciting. It’s just one more chance to spread our hobby/obsession to the masses.”

Although no women came the meeting, Sherrick said they are most welcome to join the club.

The group decided to meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. Fly tying will be the subject of the next three meetings scheduled for Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. Sherrick said the group is working on a name and a slate of officers.

For more information on the club, contact Sherrick at 419-233-6448, Bill Musselman at 419-648-3847 or Doug Roser at 419-236-3363.

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It has been mentioned in this column in the past, but anglers should know that it is illegal to keep sport fish when they are using a cast net. Only forage fish and minnows may be taken with a cast net.

Preble County Wildlife Officer Brad Buening noticed someone using a cast net while he was working on Grand Lake St. Marys in Mercer County. After closer observation, Buening discovered the person was not only keeping forage fish, but also sport fish. Among the sport fish were crappies, bluegill and small catfish. The wildlife officer seized the sport fish and issued the individual a summons for the violation.

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They are not plentiful in Ohio, but badgers are found in the state. I recall seeing one several years ago when hunting for rabbits with a friend on an old railroad bed in Williams County.

Fulton County Wildlife Officer Josh Zientek helped out a landowner who had live trapped one in August. The landowner was having issues with woodchucks digging around his buildings, so he set a live trap out to remove them. He contacted Zientek when he caught the badger.

Badgers are very aggressive and this one was not happy to be stuck in the trap. For obvious reasons, Zientek was quite careful in trying to coax the badger out of the trap. Eventually the wildlife officer got the angry animal to leave the trap and it returned to the wild unharmed.

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It was good to get back along Lake Erie recently and spend a little time fall birding. Scoping out a couple of places proved quite productive,

Among waterfowl my wife, daughter and I saw at Howard Marsh Metropark were blue and green wing teal, a couple of grebes and some ducks too far away to identify. When the blue wing teal took flight, we could see the blue on their wings. We also saw some shorebirds there and some horned larks along with a belted kingfisher.

A few miles away in the Doug Haubert Wetland at White Star Park, we saw an unusual visitor to these parts. Roseate Spoonbills feature a big spatulate bill and bright pink plumage. It’s a resident of coastal Texas and southern Florida. It indeed was a rare sight.

We also saw numerous shorebirds there, including the greater and lesser yellow legs.

By Al Smith

Guest Columnist

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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