With decades of experience skimming the shores of Lake Erie, U.S. Coast Guard–licensed Captain Sib Randolph has had ample time to hone in on the best spots to nab walleye, bass, and perch. Though he relies on years of successful fishing charters to guide his routes, it doesn’t hurt that his 27-foot SportCraft fishing boat is equipped with fish-finding and navigational equipment. In addition to advice on the likelihood of a fish’s ability to grant wishes, Captain Randolph supplies fishermen with free bait and ice.
River Lures lets bipeds escape the bounds of terra firma and venture out into Ohio's open waters with kayak and canoe rentals. Customers can coast atop the glistening azure waterways of the Maumee River just steps from River Lures' storefront or take rentals to favorite lakes, ponds, or neighborhood kiddie pools. Patrons can use their rental vessels to escape the bustle of urban spaces, retreating to verdant landscapes blooming with the sounds of nature while enjoying two full hours of paddling paradise. Though not included with today's Groupon, River Lures also has new and used kayaks for sale.
Indian Lake Outfitters is the brainchild of outdoors enthusiast Bryan—known as “the buyer” to his staff—and business expert Brenda—who’s known as “the brains”. But the husband and wife team acknowledge that, as long as their daughter Bostyn— “the boss”—is around, they’ll never really be in charge. Together, they maintain a climate-controlled, indoor archery range and stock the shelves of their store with outdoor electronics, clothing, and gear to fulfill customers’ hunting, fishing, camping, and boating needs. Posters line the walls of the archery range, where customers pull back bowstrings and sling arrows at targets, or attempt to shoot metaphorical arrows of love at their dates. Every third Thursday, Indian Lake Outfitters hosts an archery night for women.
At Mill Creek Sport Center's six-lane indoor handgun range, guests practice their shooting skills by firing rental pistols. The center's other services, however, encourage patrons to revel in the outdoors. During winter, personnel sell parts and services for numerous makes and models of snowmobiles, as well as snow plows from Western and Meyer, which are kept in stock year-round just in case snowmen become immune to temperature change. When the snow thaws, Mill Creek's staff pair customers with jet skis and pontoon boats to take out on aquatic adventures along with an extensive stock of fishing tackle and live bait.
A 34-foot King Cat twin-hull catamaran sets sail on the waters of Lake Erie, its 900-horsepower engine churning up a frothy wake as it leaves port and enters the aqueous abyss. At Sara-J Sportfishing Charters, guests spend a sunny afternoon on the open water casting and reeling in the lake's bounty of fish. With more than 20 years of experience, captain Gary Carpenter is confident enough in his abilities that he promises that charters will either reel in fish by the end of their trip or passengers receive their money back. Tours set out in the morning or afternoon as captains pilot vessels towards schools of walleye, steelhead, or perch swimming beneath the surface. Passengers soak up the sun, nibble on snacks, and regale stories of reeling in their first bluegill or misplaced water-skier.