Stories by Mike Tontimonia

TMF Sport Shop: A place for fishing gear and friends

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Build it and they will come may have worked like a charm for the big screen dreamer who built a baseball diamond in his cornfield, but that simple statement also proved true for Maggie and Frank Navarrete when they bet their future on a small store filled with top shelf fishing tackle, a few thousand […]

Writers test mad angler skillz and live to tell about it

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Six outdoor communicators with cameras at work. How fun. Hold this, smile, look at the fish, shake the fin out, hold it up, tip it, and on and on.

Boaters: Follow the rules for licensing and flotation devices

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A car or truck has a VIN — a Vehicle Identification Number — and a boat must have a HIN, a Hull Identification Number. A HIN is the boat’s serial number which is stamped on a metal tag or otherwise placed indelibly on the rear right (starboard) of the boat. Like a finger print, a […]

Yellow perch are poppin’ all along Lake Erie

Thursday, August 22, 2013

With the current interest in Lake Erie yellow perch fishing it seems appropriate to seek answers to the most asked questions. Experienced perch jerker William Hookim will share his thoughts and guidance. Q: When is the best time to go perch fishing on Lake Erie? Morning or evening, spring, summer or fall? Hookim said, “I’ve […]

Get ready: It is perch season!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Yellow perch season starts now. No, there’s nothing official, nothing listed in the regulations books, nothing posted near launch ramps, no opening day or other calendar marks, and no announcements but let world know it is without doubt perch season. Walleye capital Lake Erie may be struggling to produce the catchable numbers of walleyes that […]

Casual angler turned pro heads to Lake Erie contest

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The knees ache like thumbs that have met the business end of a hammer. The lower back sends signals to the brain to quit doing whatever it is you’re doing. Baseball and games like that which used to quell the need to compete are fading pastimes. It happens when the age is a number approaching […]

Good news: Ohio’s deer hunting regulations finally in place

Thursday, August 1, 2013

After months of hearing yes, no and maybe from wildlife officials, this year’s deer hunting regs, as well as those for all hunting and trapping seasons, are finally in ink. The new 2013-14 hunting regulation booklets are available in hard copy from license dealers or can be read or printed online at the Ohio Division […]

National Matches draw top shooters from all over

Thursday, July 18, 2013

CAMP PERRY, Ohio — It takes a steady hand, a focused eye and several thousand rounds of practice shooting to get anywhere near the winner’s stand here at Camp Perry, a place and a time each year when and where the world’s top shooters gather to squeeze triggers and share time with friends of like […]

Fish Ohio program recognizes the big ones

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ohio’s sport fishing records are made to be broken; some sooner, some later, but eventually there’s always a bigger fish waiting to be caught. But bigger fish are just bigger fish unless the angler who catches it knows what he’s got. That’s exactly what happened June 9, when Toledo bow fisher Patrick Johnson arrowed a […]

Fishing is only one aspect of annual guys-only camping trip

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

It’s guys only this week, an annual, time-honored opportunity to be free of time restraints, job demands and other every-day responsibilities. A time to wear the same comfortable clothes all week, eat junk until it comes out both ears, and commit other less mentionable bad habits. The rules are simple and unbreakable. No hats at […]

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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.