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Leadership Ottawa County class of 2013 graduates

Wednesday evening, May 15, Leadership Ottawa County (LOC) class of 2013 held graduation ceremonies at the Catawba Island Club. The mission of Leadership Ottawa County is “to develop, strengthen and enrich leaders for Ottawa County through an excellent leadership program”.

Each year the LOC class completes a community services project. The 2013 class completed two projects, both of which will benefit Ottawa County well into the future.

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Walleye and perch fishing season off to a great start

Everyone that fishes this lake on a regular basis has their fingers crossed in the hope that the 2013 walleye hatch will survive this season.

There really hasn’t been a big blow to speak of since this last spawn, so there is a chance that there will be a plethora of new fish entering the system. And with walleye population numbers down from years past, that would be a good thing.

Fishing this past weekend was productive for some, while others struggled to catch their limits.

Captain Keith Unkefer, owner of “Pooh Bear Charters” is running 40 Tru-Trips back 45-50 feet with Scorpion Spoons off of a mast style set of planer boards at 1.5-1.8 mph and is having excellent success. You can hear “Pooh Bear” on the radio throughout the day letting everyone know what is working. If you don’t understand what is being said in fisherman’s lingo, just get on the radio and ask. There are a lot of anglers out there that will help you understand.

Others, like me, are running crawler harnesses with 1 and 2 ounce inline weights, Tadpoles, or Snap-Weights behind Off Shore Tackle inline planer boards at 1.0-1.2 mph with similar success. Color of blades used on the harnesses has been changing from day to day, or even hour to hour, depending on whether it’s cloudy or sunny out, so it’s good to have a broad selection of color blades to choose from.

Jigging is still fair to good on the reef complex using hair jigs. These jigs can be used plain or with shiners, a hunk of crawler, or a manufactured plastic tail with a stinger hook.

Anglers who like to drift and cast are also doing well in and around the reefs casting Weapons, which is a short version of a crawler harness that is weighted with an egg sinker and tipped with a hunk of crawler and cast out and retrieved.

Captain Juls can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 419-835-7347. Her website address is www.julswalleyefishingadventures.com.

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Father’s Day Fishing Trip

The first annual Father’s Day Fishing Trip will be held on Saturday, June 15th. Jason Pinkston, offensive lineman of the Cleveland Browns, will join fans in this experience. The day will start with a meet and greet with Pinkston that is open to the public at Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille in Port Clinton from noon until 2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. ticket holders and Pinkston will then board a charter at Drawbridge Marina for an all-inclusive fishing experience lasting until 9:30 p.m. Food, beverages, snacks and bait will all be provided with the cost of a ticket.

There are a very limited number of tickets available for this event. The cost per ticket is $70 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets go to citygalsports.com. Event organizers also state that there may be additional Cleveland Browns joining Jason Pinkston for this fishing trip.

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