Outdoors notebook: Area anglers recognized for feats
A couple of local anglers had pretty special seasons.
Mary Ellen Fosbrink of Delmont won second place in the steelhead division of the 2013 Fall Lake Ontario Counties fishing derby.
Fosbrink was fishing with “fishing pal” Frank Yantos of Delmont, trolling a black raspberry Northern Kin spoon 70 feet down in 213 feet of water. They had an E-chip at the head of the spoon.
Fosbrink reeled in a 14-pound, 7-ounce steelhead. That turned out to be the biggest of its kind on the first day of the two-day tournament, winning her $100. She placed second overall in the competition and won another $1,000 for that. She finished second overall in the tournament once before, in 2007.
Meanwhile, Destin DeMarion of Grove City recently was named the Bassmaster Northern Opens' angler of the year.
Fishing as a co-angler, DeMarion finished in the top 10 in two of the three events he fished this year, his second full season as a professional. He finished third in the angler of the year race in the Southern Opens division.
A fatality Sept. 27 brings to 12 the number of people who have died in boating accidents this year. In the latest case, three people stole a canoe from a dock on the private Stoneboro Lake in Mercer County and paddled it out, using boards stolen from the dock as paddles. The canoe upset, and all three went into the water. Two made it to shore; the other, a 29-year-old man, didn't. None was wearing a life jacket.
The Families Afield program, which began in Pennsylvania in 2004 and aims to create new hunters through mentored seasons, has become perhaps the most successful recruitment program in the nation. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a survey of state fish and wildlife agencies found there were almost 200,000 apprentice licenses sold in 2012. The total since 2006 is 1,006,269.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has come up with a “Proud to Be a Firearms Owner” pocket card for people to carry. Cards can be downloaded at nssf.org/PDF/FirearmsOwnerPocketCard.pdf.
The National Rifle Association has a new website, greatamericanoutdoorshow.org, to tout the Great American Outdoor Show, the Feb. 1-9 event set for Pennsylvania's Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.