Just how did those of us on the Fish Ohio Day charter cope with the wind and the waves to catch at least a few perch last week?
We did what any successful perch angler does, in any weather -- jig like mad.
Most of us used perch spreaders with two hooks rigged with emerald shiners. A few more-adventurous souls tried crappie or panfish lures on light spin-casting outfits.
Once we found the action, it was a constant jig and catch ballet with some anglers -- such as Gov. Taft -- even reeling in double catches.
Sometimes the catches came before the spreader hit bottom and sometimes they came when least expected. I had one hit -- the largest fish of the day, I might brag -- that came seconds after I grabbed a neighbor's rod that seemed to get a hit just as he left it in the water to assist someone else.
Luckily, I was standing next to Steve Gray, assistant chief of the ODNR's Division of Wildlife, who managed to grab my rod, set the hook and then gentlemanly passed the rod back to me so I could reel in a fine 111/2-inch perch.
-- Mike Braun