Lake St. Marys July Cats

The team of Osting and Kriegel won the July Catmaster Tournament at Lake St. Marys. The winning weight was 49.50 pounds for a six-fish limit. They also had big fish that weighed 15.95 pounds

Lake Loramie Bluegills

Mike Deiters of Minster holds some Lake Loramie bluegills. The males are working the nests.

Indian Lake White Bass

Thurman Brown and Kevin Edwards of Columbus show a couple of Indian Lake white bass from their well-filled cooler.

Grand Lake Crappie Winners

The team of Freeman and Freeman weighed in a ten-fish limit over 10 pounds to win the first Grand Lake Crappie Series tournament of 2014.

Ice-Breaker Catfish

Shane Powers and Jeff Perry won the 2014 March Catmaster tournament at Lake St. Marys. This is part of their 6-fish limit that weighed over 43 pounds. The big fish weight was 13 pounds 9 ounces. It took over 42 pounds for second place.

record catch

Doug Wehrley and Dean Smith won the 5/11 Catmaster tournament at Lake St. Marys with a record 6-fish limit of 65.9 pounds. Jeff Devilbiss and Don Collins took 2nd with 52.9 pounds and Blake and Tony Osting took 3rd with 44.75 pounds. The tournament ran from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Big fish was 14 pounds.

Grand Lake St. Marys Report

Crappie fishermen are waiting for the cooler temperatures to have an effect on the fishing. Some nice crappies are being taken by drifting and trolling in the main lake. Live bait is working since many crappies are feeding heavily on shad. Troll main lake points and deeper channels. Tip jigs with live minnows.  Watch for baitfish activity.

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Indian Lake Report

Lakeside Pro Bass Shop reported that fishing is improving with cooler weather. Bluegill fishing has been picking up. When located, numerous seven inch fish are showing up.  Small jigs tipped with wax worms are the baits of choice. Spider jigs are  productive. Crappies likewise have to be hunted. Morning and evening produce better fishing.

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Lake Loramie Report

Spillway Bait and Tackle reports that crappie fishing is starting to pick up. More and more keepers are being taken but many fish are just short of nine inches. The fish are thick and healthy. The evening bite seems to be the best. Keepers still need to be located, but when found, the ratio of keepers to short fish is decent.

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Sep 26 2014

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

I don’t think anyone talks seriously about hunting pheasants around these parts anymore. It’s probably a safe bet that there were more turkeys bagged in Auglaize County last season than wild pheasants. Of course, we never were an outstanding pheasant area, but when Ohio upland game bird hunting was in it’s prime, almost every local rabbit hunter at least stumbled across a couple of birds each season. For example, 1949 was considered to be the best Ohio hunting season of the 20th Century. Ohio bird hunters bagged a million ring-necked pheasants. Pheasant hunting started going downhill soon after that. Farming practices, pesticide use, land development, urban sprawl, predators, and other factors caused the change. Many of those factors still exist and will keep most of us from ever feeling the excitement of a wild pheasant erupting from a fencerow.

If a person still wants to experience pheasant hunting, there are some options. Hunters are far more mobile now than they ever were. Many of them also seem to find the funds to take a trip or two and go where there is game. If hunters fall within those demographics, they should be able to plan a trip to the Dakotas or Nebraska for three or four days of quality pheasant hunting. I don’t know of many who could make it a habit without digging into savings or putting the hammer on a credit card, but one trip to “bird land” is probably within reach.

Read more: Preserve Hunting Has Its Place
Sep 18 2014

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

With the archery season just two weeks away, I imagine hunters are making final preparations. Established hunters already have places to hunt and have obtained permission. Others are still looking, but finding a spot to hunt is difficult this late in the game. Serious hunters have already scouted territory by personal observation or by setting trail cams and have one or more tree stands set up. Shooting practice is a continual process, but it increases in intensity as the season opener gets closer. A deer hunter who enjoys chasing deer with a bow or crossbow has it made, enjoying a liberal season that runs from Sept. 27 until February 1, well over 1/3 of the year.

Of course, compared to gun hunters, hunting with a bow or crossbow is considered to be primitive. In actuality, that idea probably has some merit. Archery hunters definitely need additional skills to be successful. Since most hunt alone, ambushing a deer takes a certain amount of woodland experience and expertise. Hunting for a trophy animal is even more challenging. Tracking skills are important since an arrow kills by hemorrhage rather than shock. Consequently, quite often a deer will travel farther unless hit solidly in a vital area. Making a killing shot with an arrow can be as easy or difficult as the hunter wants it to be based entirely on equipment. Over the years, the technology has developed so much that one doesn’t have to be a natural, instinctive shooter to be successful. This can be seen in the evolution of the bow.

Read more: Archery Hunting Can Be High Tech


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