The fishing guides at Ohio Steelhead Drifters care about more than the number of fish their clients catch—although they can certainly maximize that. They know the best fishing spots in northeast Ohio, but they also have other priorities, such as safety, education, and technique. That's why, when they're not leading fishing or rafting trips, they teach fly fishers proper casting technique during one-hour seminars at their home base in Ohio's Steelhead Alley.
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.
At 30-feet tall, the ceilings at Infinity Athletics can safely contain the towering formations and soaring handsprings that leap from the center's cheer and spring floors and 7'x14' trampoline. More than 350 athletes stream into the 12,000-square-foot gym to pick up tips from the certified instructors, who draw from their own experiences as former cheerleaders, coaches, and figure skaters to choreograph high-energy routines for nationally ranked competitors, as well as those who are just there for fun. To help budding stars improve, the center is equipped with a video-playback system that provides coaches and gymnasts with a visual tool to help them fine-tune each tumble, and it also helps them imagine what their routine will look like once the attacking alien warships have been green-screened in.
Jim has spent so much time on the waters of northern Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania that he knows all of the best fishing spots and the best times to reel in trophy fish. Fish with Jim Outfitters offers fishing trips to local lakes and rivers, with Jim taking time to show his guests the best fishing techniques, including center pin, spinning, and plug fishing. His students most always come back with a plentiful catch of Salmon, Trout, Steelhead and Smallmouth Bass from inland lakes, rivers or at the deli in local grocery stores.
Stocked with know-how and all the necessary tools, the staffers at Gone Fishin' Bait and Tackle guide fishing trips on Springfield Lake and beyond. The store equips crews with bait, lures, and fishing poles, ready to aid in an angling expedition or plucking the toupee off of a villainous middle-school vice principal. After stocking up, fishermen go solo or join up with one of Gone Fishin's guided pontoon tours that traverse sparkling waters, taking in views of the surrounding foliage.
Bad Boy Bait, Tackle, and Archery keeps sporting enthusiasts prepared for the unpredictable nature of the outdoors. Marksmen nock arrows in an indoor archery area to aim at 5-, 10-, or 20-yard targets or an interactive range with real video of wild, wily game. From April?November, Bad Boy hosts Lake Erie fishing charters aboard a 30' boat, but the shop also assists fishermen with live bait, equipment, and honest fishing reports so anglers don't waste time trying to snag fish that've stayed home with the flu.