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The Press Box For July 19

By Staff | Jul 19, 2017

Fishing Lake Erie is an experience you’ll never forget.

Ask any one who’s every experienced it, and they will almost always agree that Lake Erie and its fishing opportunities are one of Ohio’s best outdoor resources. There’s something for everyone, everything from boating and swimming to fishing and bird-watching. are available on the lake and lake shore. Beautiful homes dot the landscape along the shores. Charter service is available in nearly every village. I prefer to use my own small boat near the shores of the Islands. That is the best during the warm months. Of course the night life is also exciting and if you are a music lover you’ll get your fill of all types.

Making the trip to Port Clinton and Put-In-Bay for some Walleye and Yellow perch has been my favorite summertime activity for the past 10 years. We used to spend a lot of time fishing the shores around inner city Cleveland, especially in Euclid and Cleveland Harbor back when my Grandparents lived on the West Side. However as I soon found out nothing can compare to the area around the north western part of the lake.

If you’ve never spent ant time around the lake, you’ll soon find out what you’ve been missing. If you want a chance at catching a variety of fish, then fishing off Kelley’s Island will be your best bet. If walleye are on your mind, then Cleveland Harbor is a great place to go this time of year. I’ve had the most success off the shores of Put-In-Bay.

If you’re planning to visit Lake Erie, don’t sweat the out-of-town blues. For the most part, the people are a friendly bunch and will offer some assistance or tips if you ask for it. Just don’t expect anyone to give up their favorite fishing holes. It’s also a good idea to give other anglers a respectful distance before trying out any tips they may have offered.

Weather conditions play a huge role in Lake Erie fishing success. Rough weather can make for some pretty big waves on the lake and make for dangerous boating conditions or at the very least a seasickness inducing trip.

If your looking for a great place to spend a fews days or a month, make it a point to visit Lake Erie sometime and enjoy the bounty of fish that are out there to catch. You won’t be sorry that you did.

My favorite happens to be yellow perch and walleye. We have a fish fry every night after our day long trips and whats left makes for great breakfast with eggs, toast and fried potatoes.

I don’t often write about our fishing trips but because of surgery and a few other delays I’m getting restless. Hopefully this warm but not to hot weather holds up for a couple more weeks, I can’t handle much more Colemans. It’s pretty good but can’t compare to fresh White Bass, perch and walleye covered in vinegar, with a side of cole slaw Cleveland style, and fresh hand cut fries.

The Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Football game is fast approaching and will be held this year on Saturday, July 22, at Martins Ferry, Ohio due to repairs at Wheeling Island Stadium. The first day of reporting to camp for practice will begin was Saturday, July 15, at Bethany College. Locally we have three players from the area on the squad, Hayden Hizer from Paden City and Jace Reed and Tyler Anderson from Tyler Consolidated.

I always look forward to the game as it is a first class event.

The OVAC does things up right and you can bet this year will be no different. The teams from Ohio and West Virginia will be spending the week at Bethany College and from all indications it will be another hot one. The coaches get a good chance to get aquanited with the teams and figure out who will be playing where and doing what. The players from all the different schools get to come together as one big family and they make friendships that last a lifetime. The big game on Saturday officially marks the beginning of high school football and the last chance to see some of your favorite players from last year.

Several members of the local cheerleading squads and band members will also be part of the event. There will also be the annual Queen contest, hopefully one of our own will be crowned. If your a football fan it’s an event you don’t want to miss, there’s none other like it anywhere as the OVAC is the largest high school athletic conference in the country. The show by the McDonalds Band prior to and at halftime of the game is worth the price of admission alone.

It’s a great honor for the kids from our schools to be chosen to participate in any part of this huge event. With the new season just around the corner, this is a great way to get back in the football spirit. July 31, is the first official day of high school football practice in West Virginia, so if you haven’t gotten your family vacation in yet, you have about two weeks left.

Don’t forget the Tyler Couty Speedway49th Annual ‘Hillbilly Hundred’ Advance Tickets and Reserve Seats On Sale for the Labor Day weekend, September, 1-3. Hall of Fame Promoter Carl Short and the Hometown Racing Association, promoters of the Tyler County Speedway, in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series and Arizona Sport Shirts are pleased to welcome the Hillbilly Hundred back to the ‘Bullring’ for the 49th edition of America’s oldest dirt late model major event. The $25,000 to win ‘Granddaddy’ of them all is one of the raciest best kept secret venues in all of motorsports, and welcomes the best race fans in motorsports back to the Mountain State for another edition of the spectacle known as the ‘Hillbilly’, Labor Day weekend, September 1st-3rd.

Considered one of dirt track racing’s most prestigious national level events, be sure to be part of and experience the excitement of ‘America’s Oldest Dirt Late Model Major event, the Hillbilly Hundred. A West Virginia tradition for over four decades, just keeps getting bigger and better as the hills will roar once again with the sound of horsepower this Labor Day weekend.

While the campground will be open all week long, the action gets underway in earnest on Friday Night as the Tyler County Speedway plays host to Park, Practice and Party Night. Be there as the pits of the ‘Bullring’ begin filling up on Friday Night to secure their favorite pit spot, turn a few laps in preparation for the weekend and ‘bust a move’ at the traditional ‘Hillbilly’ pit party!

A racing smorgasboard of speed will greet racers and fans alike as the Saturday Night portion of the Hillbilly 100 will showcase some of the sports best. Be a part of the most talked about weekend of the racing season.

Make sure you’re a part of the history & excitement as the Tyler County Speedway celebrates 49 years of Mountain State Motorsports tradition and excellence with the running of the ‘Hillbilly Hundred’. It’s an action filled racing weekend like no other, where grassroots racers meet the sport’s professionals. If you like three and four wide racing action, steep tradition, featuring a beautiful spacious campground, gorgeous scenery in the small town of Middlebourne and a throwback atmosphere to the good ol’ days, then make the 49th Annual Hillbilly Hundred at the Tyler County Speedway your Labor Day destination!

The Sistersville Ferry Boat Festival is fast approaching and the three day event is sure to be a success. The Tyler Star News ran a nice article about it in last weeks paper and we will be putting a tab in the July 26, paper. The Tyler Star News was established in 1877, and is published by Tyler Printing, located at 720 Wells Street. Unlike some negatives remarks from cetain individuals and facebook page organizations we strive to maintain a positive outlook on the communities in Tyler County. The businesses, local governments and interest in our schools are most important to us, and we will continue to strive to bring the news of our schools, events and local governing bodies in a positive way without predudice. As one wise lady said recently “We rise above it”.

With the school year fast approaching I hope everyone has a great, safe summer and thanks to all those who have spent there time helping run the summer league games and the softball and baseball leagues. Also a special thanks to those who have volunteered at the swimming pools and many sports camps. The 4-H Camp had lots of volunteers and the list goes on, whether it community associated or church related it is always a joy to see those who work so hard behind the seens. Putting on the Sunday picnic in the park at Sistersville and the fireworks display is a major task. Thanks again to all who make these things happen, many times memories are made that last a lifetime, and if you do one thing to keep a child off drugs, you will probably have saved a life.