Clise's Cornucopia for April 12, 2019

I think spring is finally here. That’s good news for us warm weather folk.

I bought my fishing license last week. I assessed my tackle box and made the necessary purchases to keep the bait and tackle fresh and up to date.

My biggest purchase was a yellow bass lure that is actually a keychain. It just caught my eye and I couldn’t say no. I’m not

really sure what keys I will even put on the new key chain, but I suspect I’ll figure something out.

It could be I spend most of my lunch breaks fishing somewhere in Upshur County for the rest of the spring and summer. I bought a new lunch box, so I’ll be able to pack my lunch with me.

Who knows…? Maybe I’ll catch a whopper of a fish. I wouldn’t mind hooking into a three-pound bluegill.

I think the state record is like two and three quarters pounds there about.

I have a buddy, Eddie, he likes fishing for carp. He just catches and releases them he says. He likes the fight they put up. I can’t remember ever catching a carp before. I guess I’d remember if I had caught one. Eddie uses liver and enormous hooks. He has like 50-pound test on his reel. It’s this thick black cord looking stuff. He says, “better safe than sorry.”

I use eight-pound test no matter what type of fish I’m trying to catch. I’ve been using eight-pound test since I was about six years old.

I’ve probably lost some fish over the years for using the lighter weight fishing line, but I’ve also had some epic battles landing some bigger fish that way.


Here’s a list of famous West Virginians through the years.

Buckhannon’s own Stephen Coonts is a world- known author. Flight of the Intruder is among one of my favorites.

Ted Cassidy, though born in Pittsburgh, was raised in nearby Philippi and attended West Virginia Wesleyan College before transferring to a school in Florida.

One of my favorite singers ever, Bill Withers, is from Slab Fork, and performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded several major hits, including “Lean on Me”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Use Me”, “Just the Two of Us”, “Lovely Day”, and “Grandma’s Hands”. Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for four more. His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Other noted Mountain State natives include: George Brett baseball player, Glendale; Pearl S. Buck author, Hillsboro; Phyllis Curtin soprano, Clarks- burg; Joanne Dru actress, Logan; Thomas Stonewall Jackson Confederate general, Clarksburg; John S. Knight publisher, Bluefield; Don Knotts actor, Morgantown; Peter Marshall TV host, Huntington; Kathy Mattea country music artist, South Charleston; Alfred Moore jurist, Molinosville; Mary Lou Retton gymnast, Fairmont; Walter Reuther labor leader, Wheeling; Eleanor Steber soprano, Wheeling; Lewis L. Strauss naval officer and scientist, Charleston; Cyrus Vance government official, Clarksburg; Chuck Yeager test pilot and Air Force general, Myra; Steve Yeager baseball player, Huntington

Maybe I’ll end up on the list of famous West Virginians one of these days. Hey, maybe you’ll end up on the list of famous West Virginians someday. Maybe you’re already on it.


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