Russell Dobbs did as much catching as the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles on Super Bowl Sunday.
Dobbs got a few less nicks and bruises, too. Long before the Eagles beat the Patriots in the big game, Dobbs went fishing on West Point Lake. He did some reeling and bragging.
He had the right to. Dobbs managed to dodge the raindrops and catch 16 stripers, hybrids, white bass and largemouth bass. Dobbs, the Hiram resident, was fishing with live bait in 15 feet of water.
“I found the fish, and they ate my bait. There are so many fish out here. West Point Lake has a good fish population,” said Dobbs. “I come out here to relax, enjoy nature and fish.”
Most of the Dobbs’ fish were caught in the rain, including some 12-pound stripers and some hybrids as healthy as five pounds. “Some of the stripers took off running. They were strong,” said Dobbs.
He was a little stronger, however. Dobbs’ biggestever striper on West Point Lake was a 30-pounder.
“This is a fun lake to fish. This is a challenging lake. There are some big fish out here. This is an excellent lake, and that’s why they hold so many tournaments out here,” said Dobbs.
As for him, he has never failed to catch fish on West Point Lake.
“Fishing is my religion. My numbers are always good out here,” said Dobbs. “The fish bite no matter what (for me).”
Hunter Rowe was getting his hook wet last weekend, too. He and his fishing party caught no fish on Sunday, but they hauled in seven catfish on Saturday.
“The water was cold, about 47 degrees. All of the fish were deep. They were on the ledges, and they were stacked up,” said Rowe.
Dean Wyrick, who was on the same boat, saw something other than fish on Sunday on West Point Lake.
“I saw a bald eagle, and that was the highlight of the day. He was every bit of four feet across,” said Wyrick. “The eagle was flying around 50 feet from us.”