Monday, July 12, 2010

Strickland outfished by wife

In the annual Governor's Fish Ohio Day today Gov. Ted Strickland and company were outfished by an-all women team that included his wife, Frances.

Even though Strickland reeled in a walleye on his first cast his boat managed to land only 10 walleye.

But Frances Strickland's boat reeled in 21 walleye.

In all, the field - which included politicians, Ohio Division of Wildlife and Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials and members of the media - caught 165 walleye in a shortened version of the annual event. All of the fish were cleaned, filleted and given to a food bank.

This event first began under the tenure of the late Ohio Gov. Jim Rhodes and has been continued with the help of the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association. Every governor since has participated.

Many of the vessels today had to travel 8 to 9 miles to the prime fishing grounds and saw seas of around two feet with a light drizzle early on as well as cloudy conditions that improved as the day progressed, reports Vicki Ervin, a Wildlife Division spokeswoman.

I had an invitation to fish but declined on Friday. Figured the bouncing of the boat and the standing while casting could hurt my recent major back surgery. Darn it, too, because I really wanted to fish.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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