Properly Tuned Crankbaits are Critical for Catching Walleye

A wonderful time of year is upon us. The weather is cooling, and so is the water.  It’s also when I switch from trolling crawler harnesses to running crankbaits almost exclusively. They create no mess in the boat, I don’t have to feed them, and they won’t die

While everyone will have their own opinion on what crankbaits work the best on Lake Erie’s Western Basin, my favorites have always been Reef Runners, Deep Husky Jerks, and Smithwick Rogues. But, none of these baits will catch a fish if they are not properly tuned. 

A bait can become out of tune by catching a big fish and lifting it by the bait, getting it caught and tangled in the net, or simply by removing one out of a new box. Yes, some lures need tuning right out of the box, so it’s always best to check your bait before you send it out to work for you.


Cancer Group Sewing Party

On Saturday, September 20, at the Vineyard on Catawba, sewers are invited to sew pillowcases for kids hospitalized here in Northwest Ohio.

ConKerr Cancer is a national organization of volunteers that put together fun fabric pillowcases for children who are in-patients at both Toledo and Mercy Children’s Hospital. Anyone who likes to sew is invited and encouraged to attend and just simply needs to bring their sewing machine and basic sewing supplies to the Saturday event.  Fabric will be provided.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Vineyard located at 3820 E Vineyard Village Drive off West Catawba Road. Lunch is being provided by Port Clinton Pizza Hut.

The event is being coordinated by Catawba Island resident Linda Peiffer who also serves as the Northwest Ohio coordinator of ConKerr Cancer.  Peiffer can be reached by calling 419-619-9071.

Since the local organizations inception back in 2011, more than 6000 pillowcases have been made and given to hospitalized kids here in Northwest Ohio.


East Harbor State Park is the Best of the Best

On Thursday, September 18, The Beacon held their Best of the Best awards ceremony at Mon Ami. The event was a sold out affair. 468

The Beacon would like to thank their readers for voting, to the organizations and businesses that promoted and campaigned for this event, Mon Ami and their staff for hosting this event and thanks to all those that attended the awards ceremony.


United Way hosts a day of caring

Noah Damschen and Bridgette Schroeder play with recycled barrels.

On Friday, September 12, the United Way held its Day of Caring. The day is dedicated to educating the community on ways they can volunteer their time to give back to their community in many ways or the services that are available for families. The event was held at the Sutton Center, a resource center for many of the organizations Day of Caring supports.


Blackberry Corners hosts B-C-S Coffee Connections

L to R: Superintendent Guy Parmigian, Brenda and Jim Lowe, and Treasurer Tim Coffman at Blackberry Corners.

Blackberry Corners proprietors Brenda and Jim Lowe hosted B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian and Treasurer Tim Coffman for their September 10 Coffee Connections.  Coffee Connections provides an informal opportunity to introduce yourself, chat, ask questions, and learn more about the B-C-S school system and where they are heading.  All district citizens are invited to attend.  There are no reservations needed, and there is no cost to attend.


Appliance collection Saturday, September 20

The Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District will be sponsoring an appliance and scrap metal recycling collection on Saturday, September 20 at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, SR 163, Oak Harbor.

The following items will be accepted during the collection:


Your vote is (was) your choice

I write in response to Mr. Gary Philabaum’s September 9th letter titled, “Your vote is your choice.”   

Mr. Philabaum implied that the recent change to the meeting agenda prevents Council from hearing what people have to say.  To what is he referring?  Are we making the audience prove U.S. citizenship or PC residency to speak a single word – that’s got to be it, right?  Hardly.     

Council voted to move public comments from agenda item #19 up to #7.   That’s at the top of the meeting, after roll call and before the mayor’s report.  Remember, according to Philabaum, “It is unclear why council would not want to hear what the people have to say about what they are doing.”   We are.

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