News of the Wild: LaGrange angler wins B.A.S.S. tourney

Posted: Aug. 26, 2011 7:31 pm Updated: Nov. 29, 2014 7:16 am


Herald-Whig Sports Writer

Heindselman captures

B.A.S.S. championship

Greg Heindselman, of LaGrange, Mo., won the 2011 B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Northern Divisional at Fort Madison, Iowa, with a three-day, 15-fish total of 32 pounds. Heindselman caught 10 pounds, 12 ounces the first day, 11.2 pounds the second day and 10.2 the third day.

He caught all the fish within 45 minutes of the dock by running into the back of Henderson Creek where he used plastic drop baits and spinner baits. His partners caught fish using a swim jig.

The second-place finisher caught 28 pounds, 10 ounces.

Enzeroth family captures catfish tourney crown

Catching catfish is an Enzeroth family tradition.

Harold and Chad Enzeroth, of Carthage, recently won the 32nd annual Ray Froman Memorial Catfish Tournament, sponsored by the Warsaw Gun Club. The father-son duo reeled in 58.3 pounds of catfish, including the big fish of the tournament -- a 35.4 blue catfish.

Clay Quimby and Kayla Thompson finished second, while Chris Vass and Mike Matlock were third. The teams tied with the same weight for the five-fish limit, but Quimby and Thompson won the tiebreaker with the biggest fish.

It's fitting the Enzeroth's won a tournament named in Froman's honor. Froman, one of the founding members of the Warsaw Gun Club, fished with Harold Enzeroth's father, Carl. Fishing together in 1949, Froman and Enzeroth reeled in more than 100 pounds of fish, including a 55-pounder.

The annual catfish tournament was named in Froman's honor 10 years ago, and designated portion of the entry fees are paid out in prize money with the remainder placed in a charitable fund called "Coach's Kids," which benefits needy children at Christmas in four local communities of Warsaw, Carthage, Hamilton and Keokuk.

"All we want is to hopefully make Christmas better for kids who otherwise wouldn't have it very nice," said Randy Froman, a tournament co-director. "We like to say, ‘Fishin's tough … but the kids need stuff!'"

The benefit has grown to include a "Buddy Tournament for Coach's Kids" series throughout the summer, with one event held per month. The Southside Boat Club in Keokuk will be hosting the final tournament on Sept. 10. A fish fry will follow the tournament to close out the year.

For tournament rules and information contact, Randy Froman at (319) 795-2091.


Deer hunt for disabled at Mark Twain Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake, Whitetails Unlimited and the Local Lions Club are planning a deer hunt for disabled individuals. The hunt will be Nov. 19-20 in the Indian Creek Recreation Area at Mark Twain Lake and takes place during Missouri's firearms season.

The hunt will be restricted to 35 permanently disabled individuals having a valid 2011 Missouri firearms deer tag and a hunter safety certification card.

All hunters must comply with the 2011 Missouri Department of Conservation hunting regulations. To insure a safe hunting experience, hunters will be required to hunt from and stay in the blinds while in the field. Weapons are restricted to 20-gauge or larger slug shotguns, muzzle loader or bow and arrow. Participants must have completed a hunter education course.

Applications must be received on or before Sept. 16 to qualify for the hunt. A drawing to select participants will be held at 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Mark Twain Lake Project Office.

For further information or to obtain applications, please contact the Mark Twain Lake Project Office or phone (573) 735-4097.


Hunter education classes offered at Mark Twain Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will sponsor two hunter education classes this fall on Sept. 16-17 and Oct. 21-22. The classes will run from 5-9 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday at the Willingham Building at the Warren G. See South Spillway at the Mark Twain Lake.

Class registration must be made online at the Missouri Department of Conservation website at

Included in the training will be gun safety, firearm and ammunition information, the role of the hunter, wildlife management, ethics and hunter preparedness. Those successfully completing the course will receive a Missouri Conservation Heritage Card from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

This certification is mandatory for anyone born on or after January 1, 1967, wishing to hunt turkey or deer or anyone participating in special hunts on Corps of Engineer project lands. The class is offered to anyone 11 years or older.

Participants should bring to class on Friday their social security number, hunting/fishing license, youth tags, and/or heritage card, and on Saturday bring their lunch. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children during the registration process. Class size will be restricted to 20.

For additional information, please contact the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at (573) 735-4097 or by email at


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