Stories by Mike Tontimonia

Pointers for buying a rod and reel for Dad

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Considering the purchase of a new rod and reel for Dad? If so, here’s what you need to know. There are three basic types of rod and reel sets: closed face, open face spinning and bait casting. Options Closed face outfits are basic in nature, fairly bullet proof, and less expensive than the others. Almost […]

Retired Jitterbug lived a long, exciting life

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Retired now, a gray and white Jitterbug bass lure keeps a faded eye on things from a wall in my office, a safe place and a retirement the battered lure earned the hard way. I bought the lure in Canada, a functional vacation gift from my dad. We were spending a week in a mouse-infested […]

Check out beetle-mania in Ohio at the Wilds

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Unlike the 1960s talented British Invasion force of John, Paul, George and Ringo, some highly coveted American beetles are about to take center stage as they find their way into Ohio news and Ohio soil. These guys are American burying beetles, colorful but somewhat creepy creatures that are federally protected and also carefully guarded by […]

Put-in-Bay events commemorate battle of Lake Erie

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On an crisp autumn day in the year 1813, Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry, in just his late 20s, altered national history and spawned a coming international peace when he launched his just-completed small fleet of tall ships from Put-in-Bay to attack an English fleet of war ships in what has become known as the Battle […]

Lake Erie still a world-class walleye fishery

Thursday, May 9, 2013

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — According to Ohio’s Lake Erie fisheries supervisor Jeff Tyson, last year’s walleye season was the best in recent memory. That in itself might be debatable judging from the fishermen who struggled to fill their stringers, but when weighed against some pretty lean catches in the past few years, Tyson’s declaration is right […]

Hogs gone wild are getting to be a problem

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hogs Gone Wild could be the title of a horror movie featuring some of the most destructive creatures to find wild America to their liking. We’re talking about feral pigs here, and the scene isn’t pretty. Feral pigs are getting a lot of attention lately and for good reason: their numbers are increasing rapidly and […]

Mercury outboard motors have made the difference

Thursday, April 18, 2013

When my dad came home with a brand new Mercury outboard, I thought that I had gone to fishing heaven. That was in the mid-1950s when outboard motors for the most part were considered luxuries and my dad wasn’t in to luxuries.But he did like to fish and he did like to fish from a […]

Crappies are out there, you just have to find them

Thursday, April 11, 2013

This year’s fishing season is off to a slow start, victimized by the lingering cool to cold weather. Anglers anxious to dunk baits have so far been disappointed, partially perhaps because they are spending time fishing their usual spring spots. Crappie, the area’s “go to” early season fish, aren’t using those usual spots yet, simply […]

Hunters bring their turkey season questions to Thomas Gobbolier

Thursday, April 4, 2013

With Ohio’s spring wild turkey season just weeks away it’s time to listen to hunting advice from Thomas Gobbolier, an unrecognized expert ,but a learned and insightful turkey fanatic. In fact, Thomas has been outsmarted by elusive turkeys so many times that he claims to be the most sympathetic person in the world when it […]

Spring turkey season will happen… no matter what

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sitting here with another deep freeze kind of day tapping on a frosted window, it’s hard to picture that in one month Ohio’s spring wild turkey season will open. But the calendar doesn’t lie and April 22 will happen, ready or not. Emerging trees and grass. Spring turkey hunting coincides with the emerging season, a […]

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About Mike

Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer, and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.