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Welcome to 2020-30 years and going strong !
Founded in 1990 by Gary and Janice Lowry and now owned and operated by Mario Campos this year marks our 30 year anniversary- thank you to all of you that have made this possible.
Well this time last year we had similar temps toÂ what we are looking at today, then in the 3rd week of January 2019 the bottom dropped out and we had a good freeze-even the Maumee froze up. THEN in the 2nd week of February we had rain rain rain, the river ice broke loose and wiped out Jerome road, Buttonwood , Orleans , Park, White street access and all sorts of great fishing access areas up and down the river. It was tough fishing the walleye run due to limited access to the river. The good news is that its was a great year for the fish, the 2019 hatch was another good one and coupled with the epic 2018 walleye hatch this bodes well for many good years of walleye fishing ahead of us, both in the river and on lake Erie. As proof of the good numbers the limit for walleye is currently 6 fish per day, and will remain at 6 through all of 2020 including the spring walleye run.
This year,depending on the weather of course , that last week of February we will start to look for those early running walleye. We will definitely see a few early runnersÂ those first few days of March.Â Â We are looking forward to a great 2020. Below I have listed a few things we have going on this year.
This past year we continued our expansion -doubled our space and opened up a Kayak sales and rental shop . We are selling a variety of both recreational and fishing kayaks and paddle boards.We started with the Jackson and Pelican line of kayaksÂ and we are working on adding Perception, and Wilderness Systems this year as well.Â
We also have a kayak rental livery -Â Â We areÂ a full-service kayak rental facility providing access to the most scenic stretch of the MaumeeÂ River.Â We are excitedÂ to be offering family-friendly adventures down the Maumee.
Everyone on the bus? We will shuttle you up-river to Sidecut or FarnsworthÂ Metropark with your watercraft, life jacketÂ and paddle . Expect between a 10-15 minute bus ride, depending on the trip you have chosen.
With trips launching each hour, morning and afternoon, you can catch a ride in our van, and then kayak on down the river at your own pace.
Whether you’re planning a family outing or getting some friends together for some fun in the sun, we’re here to ensure your experience is one you’ll tell your friends about.
Refer to our Kayak rental page on our website for trips and details.
Kayak Demo Day-Â TentativelyÂ Saturday May 2nd-weather permitting
Interested in kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding and want to try out a specific type or model of aÂ kayak before making a purchase?
Then Maumee Tackle Kayaking will be puttingÂ together a free on-water demo just for you!
Starting this spring we willÂ hosts a on-water demo day where we bring a representative selection of our most popular kayaks, stand up paddleboards (SUP) and paddles to our localÂ lake where you have an opportunity to try them out free of charge.Â Â We want you to spend time paddling before you buy. Personal flotation devices are provided and must be worn at all times while using our boats or boards on the water.Kayak/SUP Demos begin at 10 am and end at 2 pmÂ – Details to follow as we get closer.
THE HUNT FOR WHITE BASS STATE RECORD
Last year I put a bounty on the White bass state record. The current record for the state of Ohio White Bass is 4 lbs 21 inches caught July 1 ,1983 by Ira Sizemore in Cincinnati,OH.Â I was in contact with Mr. Sizemores son and he had some great stories about his dad, who was an avid fisherman,Â Â catching that record bass . Now 4 lbs is a BIG White Bass! But I know that in the spring when a zillion White Bass come up the Maumee to spawn, big, fat and full of eggs, that there has to be one over that 4 lb mark. I have seen some big bass caught in April and May , definitely around the 3lb plus mark,Â but no one ever puts them on a scale,even last year many anglers forgot to come up to the shop and weigh their fish. We saw a few just over the 3lb mark and a picture of a massive oneÂ that was eaten before they remembered the bounty. Oh well the hunt continues.
Keep bringing in those big White Bass to be weighed and measured. When that lucky angler beats the state record we will weigh, certify, serve as witness and help the angler fill out the application.Â We will call the news as well to make you famous.Â When the record is officially beaten the new record holder will receive a $500 gift certificate to Maumee Tackle. There are numerous rules to certifying a state record-one of them being that the fish will have to be turned over to state certification officials for inspection – first and foremost to verify the species and to prevent cheaters from turning in a tank raised fish or one full of sinkers etc. OhioÂ Record fish are determined on the basis of weight only.
In order to qualify for the prizes the whole process starting from the weigh in of aÂ fishÂ to the photo ops of the record,Â must be done here at the shop in Maumee.
30th ANNUALÂ MAUMEE TACKLE WALLEYE TOURNAMENT
SATURDAY APRIL 18TH, 2020–RAIN or SHINE- no date changing this year I promise
Rule and Regs to be published .
3ND ANNUAL WHITE BASSÂ TOURNAMENT
SATURDAY MAY 16, 2020–RAIN OR SHINE
Rules and Regs to be published .
Last yearÂ we got our Federal Firearms licenseÂ Â and I brought in a small rack of firearms and ammunition.Â Mainly hunting rifles, shotguns and personal defense handguns. We are also able to process firearms transfers. This means that if you purchase a gun from an online gun dealer or for an in-person private transfer, we can accept the delivery and for a $25 fee, process the background check, do the paperwork and transfer the firearm into your name.
This year I am working on bringing in a full line of Henry rifles . As a Henry dealer we want to be your go to shop for these premierÂ American classics – much like we are for the line of St. Croix Fishing rods.
We do price matching as well, and can order just about any fire arm available.
Refer to our firearms page for more details.
Have Fun, Be safe and nothing but Good Luck to you this year!