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 still catching a few keepers during early morning and late evening, but cooler temperatures in mid-September are expected to have a positive effect on the fishing. Rocks and seawalls are holding a few fish. Keeper crappies are spread out and have to be hunted. Some fish are being taken by “shooting” pontoons.

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Indian Lake Report

Lakeside Pro Bass Shop reported that fishing continues to be spotty but is expected to improve with cooler weather. Bluegills have to be hunted but when located, numerous six and seven inch fish are showing up.  Small jigs tipped with wax worms are the baits of choice. Spider jigs are also productive. Crappies likewise have to be hunted.

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Lake Loramie Report

Spillway Bait and Tackle reports that fishing is still in a summer pattern, but that should change with anticipated cooler temperatures. Fish have to be located. Small jigs with wax worms is the bait of choice.  A few keeper crappies are being taken but they are scattered. Larger fish, when found, are mixed in with the smaller ones.

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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
Sep 09 2014

Outdoors with Forda Birds---By John Andreoni

I imagine there are still enough of the older crowd around who remember how we learned to shoot back in the day. For some, it was a formal introduction. In St. Marys, for example, an NRA affiliated junior rifle club was formed in the mid-1950s. Their first range was in the basement of a now demolished apartment building. Guns and ammunition were provided, instruction was excellent, and a few that stuck with it became top quality marksmen and women. I wasn’t one of them. Other than prone, I never seemed to be able to find a position where I could steady a rifle. In a sport of precision, that isn’t good.

Of course, I had other options. It was easy to grab my single-shot rifle, buy a box of .22 long rifles for .50 cents, and head north along the canal. Plinking is what we did. That means we would walk along until a target of opportunity presented itself and then shoot at it. Walnuts float, leaves float, sticks float, and beer cans float. Lots of things made good targets for a young shooter. True, there might have been some stupid things done from time to time, but for the most part, we were safe, knew how dangerous that little bullet could be, and made sure there was always a backstop to keep a ricochet  from zipping around. Those were good times. Unfortunately, or fortunately, kids of today don’t have that luxury of freedom when it comes to firearms. For the most part, they probably don’t want it anyhow.

Read more: Some Ammunition is Still Scarce


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