Stories by Mike Tontimonia

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 […]

Walleye lovers always angling for ways to fish

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ohio Walleye Federation events are open to weekend anglers as well as serious walleye chasers.

Walleye are this young man’s business on the lake

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Gribble gang may be Lake Erie’s hottest walleye fishing crew, knocking down approximately 600 charter trips last summer, a carefully planned and orchestrated summer assault on the fish that put some 9,500 walleyes in client coolers. If those numbers sound big, they are. Indeed, John Gribble and his skilled guides who make up the […]

Changes in Ohio deer hunting; early hiking opportunities

Thursday, February 28, 2013

This fall’s deer hunting regulations look to be altered but not drastically. First guesses about upcoming changes had Ohio’s January muzzle loader season and bonus gun hunting weekend eliminated, limits reduced, and some other moves intended to let the Ohio herd rebuild. Indeed, there were fewer deer in the woods last fall in many areas […]

Outdoor artist Kevan Crouse finds inspiration today, yesterday

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Award-winning artist Kevan Crouse never wants for inspiration.

Valentine’s gift: Teaching anglers to catch walleye

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hey Mr. Fisherman, if you think simply turning an electronic depth finder on is all there is to it, think again. That’s exactly what several anglers attending Lance Valentine’s Walleye 101 fishing seminar learned recently when Valentine brought his popular walleye fishing school to Ravenna Marine. And schooling walleye guys is what Valentine does. According […]

Sports show’s decision to pull guns sets a bad precedent

Thursday, February 7, 2013

What was to be the annual big event of the year for sport show fans may be at death’s door. Indeed, the Eastern Sport and Outdoor Show was scheduled to run this week in Harrisburg, Pa. as it has for years, but an ugly turn of events kept the sprawling Pa. state capital farm complex […]

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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.