Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 27, 1976 · Page 61
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 61

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 27, 1976
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2F-June 27, 1976 Sunday Gasette-Mail Charleston, W«t Virginia Sometimes it's a Feast or Famine in World of Nature The lizard caught last week in South Charleston's Little Creek Park by Basil Butterworth of 5330 Alden Drive had two tails, which could prove either enticing or confusing to a fish. Butterworth and his son, John, had planned to use the lizard for a bait, but now they're not sure. At the other extreme, the mountain lion captured in Pocahontas County recently doesn't have any tail at all, which may explain why it's snarling at the photographer from its cage at the French Creek Game Farm. (staff Photos by Larry Pierce and Ferrell Friend) State Version of 6 Jaws' Is Caught by An The West Virginia version of 'Jaws" took place recently on Middle Island Creek, where Jim Johnson of Charleston and Ed Ball of Given encountered a determined musky. The 41-inch. 17-pound musky struck at least seven times before being hooked, and once inside the boat he made two attempts to bite Ball. ','1 think we made him mad," said John- sonJwho works in the federal-state rela- tionsbffice at Charleston's City Hall. The fish struck at Ball's lure first, and without slowing down he went under the boat and struck at Johnson's lure just as it w a s - i l i f l e d f r o m the w a t e r . A f t e r a 15-minute wait, they returned to the same spot and the musky struck again, splashing water in the boat. They returned two hours later, cast simultaneously, and the fish struck Johnson's lure. This time he was hooked." "Some of the strikes involved more than one lunge at the lure," Johnson pointed out. adding up to at least seven strikes and probably more. As a final act of defiance, the musky snapped at Ball twice as the lure was being untangled from the landing net. By Skip Johnson Fate, Coincidence? EITHER DON COX of Smithville is the luckiest fisherman in West Virginia, and Don Smith of Parkersburg is the unluckiest. or coincidence was hard at ( work recently on the Little-Kanawha Rivtfft Smith fished all day for muskies and didn't get a strike, and late in tile day Cox came along and caught two muskies over 40 inches in length in the same eddy. Cox caught a 41 1/2-incher that weighed 17 pounds, and followed with a 47 1/4-inch. 271/2-pounder, setting a single-day record for members of the West Virginia Husky Musky Club. They were Cox's second and third catches over the 40-inch mark this year. He caught a 43 3/8-incher in March. + * * Close-Home Turkeys DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION: I recently published a letter from the Northern Ontario Tourist Assn. which said that due to tighter security for the Olympic Games in Montreal this summer, persons entering Canada would need a birth certificate or passport. Apparently, this isn't true. Another letter from Robert Andras, minister of the Office of Manpower and Immigration, follows: "I wish to assure U.S. citizens they are not required to produce passports or birth certificates when they come into Canada as visitors this summer. "There has been no change in requirements applicable to visitors from the United States. U.S. citizens simply are required to show proof of identity as they have in the past. "There was an apparent misunderstanding about procedures at our port of entry," he explained. He said there would be greater scrutiny of border crossings, but added that "I can assure U.S. citizens that formalities for them arc being kept fo a minimum." * * * Canadian Correction WILD TURKEY hunting is no longer confined to the remote mountain counties. For example, four turkeys were killed in Kanawha and Roane Counties this spring. One of the successful Kanawha County hunters was DNR conservation officer Ray Mearns, who killed a 19-pound gobbler. The other Kanawha County turkey was killed by Dewey Elmore of the Clendenin area. Two turkeys were killed in Roane County in the same area as the Kanawha turkeys. All were products of a stocking made several years ago by the DNR. * * * Tip of Iceberg THE PICTURE in last Thursday's Gazette of a young buck deer that had been badly injured by dogs on Alum Creek is only the tip of the iceberg, conservation officers believe. Dogs are the reason that some areas of the state, particularly in the southern counties, aren't able to build up a huntable deer population. Kanawha County officer Mearns saw two fawns run over a cliff by dogs last year. Both deer had'to be destroyed, they were so badly injured. Trophy Catches AMONG JUNE catches reported to the West Virginia Trophy Fish program: Ira Plummer, Williamsburg, 20 1/2-inch brown trout from Little Clear Creek; Tim Pauley. Charles. Nicholas County, 21-inch rainbow trout from Cranberry River; Joe Coffman Jr.. French Creek, 22-inch golden trout from Shavers Fork River; Ben Gragg, Moorefield, 19-inch smallmouth bass from South Branch River: and Keith "Had Dead Show,' All Says Of Kicking Match With Inoki By Andrew H. Malcolm A. V. Times Serrire ' TOKYO - "They said it couldn't be done," shouted Fred Blassie, the professional wrestler who helped Muhammad Ali prepare for his "match" against wrestler Antonio Inoki here Saturday morning. "They said it couldn't be done," Blassie shouted afterwards. And it wasn't. What was billed as a bout to determine finally who was better - a brute wrestler or a bruising boxer - instead turned into a 15-round kicking contest between two grown men. The final official decision: A Draw. But the fans who threw trash toward the ring at the last bell had another word for it: A Waste. From the first second of the first round, when the 33-year-old Inoki charged across the ring to launch a flying kick at Ali's legs, until the quiet end. Inoki spent most of the time on his back or bottom, trying to get close to Ali's underpinnings without, leaving his giant jaw open for Ali's "sayonara punch." ,-· . * * * -INOKI'S CONSTANT kicks to the back of All's left thigh raised huge red welts. The heavyweight champion, almost always dancing around the right in the Japan Martials Arts Hall, frequently flailed back with his feet hitting Inoki's shins. *AJ times in the corners, Ali would raise "hfm'self'on the ropes and the two men would kick at each others feet as if furiously swashing water by a poWside. TherefV ere in fact, only tM punches landed in the entire 15 rounds, both left jabs to tookl'j h«»d. Eich brought cxp«ct- Muhammad Ali Taunting Inoki ant cheers for action from" the 10,000 paying local customers and millions of others watching closed-circuit satelite transmissions in 37 countries. But the action was not to be. "I wouldn't have done this fight," a tired Ali said in a quiet dressing room afterward, "if I'd a known he was gonna do that (kicking). Nobody knew this was gonna happen. So we had a dead show." "It all proved boxers are so superior to rasslers," he continued. "He didn't stand up and fight like a man. If he'd a gotten into h i t t i n ' range I'd a burned him but good." * » « ALI GOT BURNED a little too, His legs, the object of dozens of Inoki ticks, were badly bruised and swelling minites after the bout. A couple of tiny traces of blood trickled down his calves. And he walked with considerable stiffness and pain. Q"He didn't hurt me at all, not once." Ali told a friend just before staring at the ceiling and uttering a silent "owwwww." His trainer, Angelo Dundee, said the legs would be in fine shape within four days. And Ali said he'd be ready to do it again against other wrestling opponents "anytime, anywhere for another $6 million." That worked out to $3 million per punch, or $92,769 per minute. Inoki, who put up $3 million of that sum himself for the privilege and priceless publicity of facing Ali, may just break even financially on the bout - for now, associates said. * * + THE FIGHT ITSELF was what several broadcast commentators here called lackluster. Several spectators spilled their box lunches of cold rice and fish when it looked for a moment as if the "fighting" would actually begin. But as early as the second round boos gegan bombarding the ring. "I thought the bout went quite well," said referee Gene Lebell, who scored it a 71-71 draw. Judge Ko Toyama scored it 68 for Ali and 72 for Inoki while Judge Kokichi Endo had it 74 Ali and 76 Inoki. Lebell said Inoki would have won the bout had he not been penalized one point for a karate kick to Ali's crotch. This was the move that prompted the heavyweight boxing champion to start to leave the ring in protest. A couple of times Lebell held up the bout to place adhesive tape on Inoki's ankle- high laced wrestling shoes, which hid split and were causing lacerations on Aii's legs. The referee said it was a good clean fight given the uniqueness of the intricate rules. HE said a draw was a "good decision." Corley, Elkins, 33-inch carp from Tygart River. * * * 32-Inch Walleye CONSERVATION OFFICER Bill Daniel of Button reported that Brad Young of Sutlon caught a 32 1/2-inch walleye in Elk River below the Williams Wood Products plant recently. This is the largest walleye caught in Elk in quite some time, and the second largest caught in the state this year. The largest was a 35-incher from Kanawha River at Kanawha Falls. * * * Not This Year BURNSVILLE LAKE , a new Corps of Engineers impoundment on Little Kanawha River, will not be filled this year. A Corps spokesman in Huntington said a jartial pool will be raised in the spring of 1977. 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