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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 11, 1976
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July 11, 1976 Sunday Gaxette-Mail -Charleston, West Virginia jtigger Is Better, Musky Fishermen Contend *· f Bigness isn't necessarily better, un- fess you're a musky fisherman looking fon.good odds. West Virginia musky fjsherjnen have come to the conclusion that bigger lures catch bigger fish. i'Of course, musky fishermen have always ;tended toward using large lures, Whether they be a spinner or an imitation $ynnow, but the lures being made and used now by the top state fishermen would dwarf, the factory-made lures employed for catching muskies. t Dne of the most successful of the new do-it-yourself class of West Virginia musky anglers is Bill Crane of Friendly, a Tyler County community located between Sistersville and St. Marys. Crane makes his own lures and has caught several mu- skies in the 40-inch class, including a 45 I/4-incher in Elk River at Frametown two years ago. . -"I can make lures that do things the factory lures won't do," said Crane, a senior lab technician at Union Carbide's Sistersville plant. "They have more action jhan the factory lures." '"Crane and his brother-in-law, Lloyd Jones of Pennsboro, have experimented with different molds and different weights until they've come up with lures that suit them. Some of their lures are double- jointed and some aren't, but they all have pne thing in common: they're large and fat, much fatter than the sleek factory jobs. Crane's personal favorite is a 4-inch lure with a big, unbreakable lip and two sets of treble hooks on the front. His favorite color is perch-green. · * Crane has been-a full-fledged musky fisherman since 1963 but has been making his own lures only in the past two years. His favorite streams are Middle Island Creek, Hughes River and Elk River. The 451/4-incher he caught in Elk in 1974 was the longest musky caught in the state that year. As successful as Crane has been with his musky fishing, he has been topped recently by his brother-in-law. Jones won the 1975 state tourney with a 48-inch catch and won the 1976 Dunbar Musky Club tourney with a 40-incher. He finished second in the 1975 Dunbar tourney. By Skip Johnson ieger and Fatter Another fisherman who makes his own lures is Larry King of 1235 Woodland Drive. Charleston, a maintenance foreman at Carbide's South Charleston plant. · "I think local fishermen have more knowledge of what the fish are going to hit," said King in explaining his preference for homemade lures over factory lures. King's lures are even bigger and fatter than Crane's, particularly one species that is shaped like a boomerang and almost as big. It is dark green in color, with a red belly and red spots on its sides. Another King special is a 9-inch long jointed lure which is made of red cedar wood and is similar to a factory Rebel, except bigger. King has been musky fishing for a number of years, but, he believes, has been fishing correctly only for the past three years. He credits Carl Norman, a fellow musky fisherman from Charleston, with putting him on the right track after they met one day on Poca River. Norman is also an exponent of big lures. "This one raised a 50-inch musky," said King, showing me a double-jointed job with a fat front end. King hasn't yet caught a musky in the 40-inch class, his biggest fish to date being a 381/2-incher. King's favorite stream is Elk, although he considers it harder to fish than any other state musky water. "You have trouble getting the lure to the fish due to the size of the stream," he explained. "Other musky streams are narrower than Elk." * * * Expect New Record Crane and King differ somewhat on the best time of day to catch a musky. "I'd hate to say there is a best time," said Crane. "I just like a dark, cloudy day." "I've always felt between 1 and 3 p.m. is the best time, simply because I've done better then," put in King. Both agree that the state record of 52 inches, 43 1/2 pounds will be broken some day. "Until last year, I had doubts that it would ever be broken," said Crane, "but then a lot of big fish started showing up." He thinks one reason for this upsurge in catching big muskies is because state anglers are using bigger lures than they once did. King is more emphatic about the chances of a new record. "I have every hope I'll break it (the old record) this year," he said. The new record may have been hooked a few weeks ago in the Gassaway eddy, where Carl McCloy of Pennsboro lost a musky that broke his net frame at the handle and then ripped through the net. McCloy believes this fish is bigger than the current record, at least in length. Crane and King were asked this question: If you had only one stream to fish, and only one time of year, where and when would it be? "Elk in mid-November," replied Crane. "Springtime on Elk after they've closed the gates at Sutton Dam is good," said King, "but I'll take mid-November too." The West Virginia Husky Musky Club will hold its 1976 state toruney on Elk the weekend of Sept. 25-26. Tourney headquarters will be located at the intersection of W.Va. 4 and W.Va. 16 at Ivydale. It Wasn't Freeman Last week I wrote about the Capitol City Bassmasters Club being halted in the process of holding a night tourney at Sutton Lake because they didn't have a permit from the Corps of Engineers. I said that Gerry Freeman, reservoir manager, gave them the word that they needed a permit Robinson to Head Fisheries Section -- Staff Photo by Jack Tiernan Musky Lures Made By Bill Crane and Larry King Bigger Is Better, State Musky Fishermen Now Believe v Dave Robinson, administrator of fisheries management for the West Virginia Division of Wildlife Resources, was recently honored by being selected president-elect of the fisheries administrators section of the American Fisheries Society at the group's annual meeting in St. Louis. This organization is composed of the fishery administrators of the 50 states and all Canadian provinces. Its objective is to improve the techniques, effectiveness and efficiency of fisheries resource management. Robinson is a native of Wheeling. He received a bachelor degree in biological science from Marshall University in 1955 and completed a masters degree in fisheries science in 1957 at VPI. He presently serves as a member of the advisory committee for the forestry and wildlife resources division of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at VPI. Since 1957, Robinson has worked for the Department of Natural Resources, serv- ing at Middlebourne as project leader and district biologist; at Sutton as biologist in charge of reservoir investigations and federal aid coordinator; and at Charleston as assistant chief in charge of warm-water fish management and federal aid coordinator. He is currently administrator in charge of fisheries management for the DNR's wildlife division. Robinson is past president of the northeastern division of the American Fisheries Society and has served on many of its committees. Dave Robinson Named Chairman 10-Mile Race At Martinsburg MARTINSBURG-A second annual 10-mile run will be sponsored here July 31 by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Park and Recreation Department. Carl Hatfield won last year's inaugural run with a time of 52:58. The run will begin at 7:30 p. m. following registration at 6 p. m. at city park in Martinsburg. SPECIAL SHIPMENT JUST ARRIVED! OVER 75 IN STOCK MORE ARRIVING DAILY STATION WACONS SOME PRICED AS LOW AS BIG SELECTION OF COLORS AND CHOICE OF EQUIPMENT! 3788 BIG GAS $AVER--BIG MONEY $AVERI PATRICK PLAZA DODGE USED CARS 344-8388 HTHATK.MAIIT NEW CAK 343-5*23 and didn't have one, and that they must apply 30 days in advance to get a permit. This upset Freeman, who happened to be vacationing in Arizona at the time of the tourney. "I don't know anything about such a regulation," he said, "and I certainly didn't stop any tournament." He said his assistant hadn't either. My source at the Capitol City Bassmas- ters reconfirmed that their tourney had indeed been stopped. "Two men came along in a Corps of Engineers vehicle and stopped us," he said. "We assumed one of them was Freeman, since he is the reservoir manager," he added. Carl Walker of the Corps office at Huntington said the Corps does not require a 30-day advance notice of a tourney, but that it does require the holders of the tourney to check with the reservoir manager a reasonable time in advance of their tourney. Walker also said the Corps doesn't allow overnight camping on its parking lots or boat launching ramps. Walker said the Capitol City group was probably confronted by a reservoir ranger. Incidentally, the Corps has stopped, for safety reasons, people lining up in cars on the road leading to the Battle Run Campground entrance at Summersville Lake. Many people were converting this into an overnight stay. Walker said that if the Battle Run area is full, campers are being directed to a 20-site campground immediately downstream from the dam, to the privately-owned Mountain Manor Campground near Long Point Marina, or to a nearby U.S. Forest Service campground. Also, Walker added that speed limit signs will be posted and speed bumps installed at all day-use areas at Summersville Reservoir, due to increasing rowdy- ism and speeding. These areas will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., except to fishermen and boat launchers. 15 l /2-lnch Brook Trout Clem Humphreys of 2702 Edwards Circle, Dunbar, caught a 151/2-inch native brook trout this spring in a tributary of the North Fork River near Circleville, Pendleton County. This isn't a state record brookie, but it's a very good one. Most native brookies are in the 8 to 10-inch class. Humphreys caught his brookie on a white flatfish. Humphreys and Crede Sions of Cabins, Grant County, made a trip through the Trough section of the South Branch River last month and, while they were fishing, a hungry raccoon came into their camp and ate their ham and bacon. He had chewed into the cooler containing their fish when they returned and caught him in the act. Humphreys and Sions found to their dismay that many campers in the scenic Trough aren't leaving clean campsites. People who have no more appreciation of the outdoors than to leave trash behind them are strong contenders for "Keep America Ugly" awards, along with those who throw beer and soft drink cans along roadsides. On Vacation I will be on vacation for the next two and one-half weeks, returning to work on Tuesday, Aug. 3, assuming I survive a fishing trip to Northern Ontario. My next column will appear on Sunday, Aug. 8. Bowhunting Education Program Is Planned The West Virginia Archery Assn., in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources' hunter safety program, will inaugurate a bowhunting education program on Sept. 1, the group announced last week. Mike Bosely, chairman of the bowhunter education program, said it is designed to help archers check their proficiency and improve their skills. "It is not a test," said Bosely. The course will consist of four hours of classwork and two hours of outdoor instruction. It will require two weekday nights and two hours on a Saturday for completion. Locations will depend upon interest and demand by bowhunters. Capt. Harry Shaver of the DNR's law enforcement division and the coordinator of the state's hunter and boat safety programs, said that eventually every state will require some hunter training before issuing a license. When the heat's on in summer driving... You need FIRESTONE VIP CAR SERVICE! · Written warranties on all · Dependable car service guaranteed products and services. . 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