Estrogen levels rise with the waves at todays Womens Day Out on Lake Erie. The fourth-annual outing pits ladies with fishing poles against a lake filled with perch. Organizer Ausra Kaminskas says the event proves that gals can handle a rod and reel just as well as the guys. A lot of women want to try fishing, but their spouses dont want to go out on the lake with them, she says. Its a time to get away from the husbands and the kids, and have a bonding moment with other women.
The day starts with a bagel-and-coffee breakfast at the Grand River Marina, before the women split into two groups. One heads out to the lake for some fishing; the other attends how-to workshops focusing on filleting and making jewelry out of lures. At noon, everyone takes a break for a lunch consisting of -- what else? -- perch. Then the groups swap positions for the rest of the afternoon. The women wrap up the day by divvying up their catches -- which are deboned by a crew from an area tackle shop. Thats good news for Kaminskas. Ive grown up on boats, she says. I like to catch fish, and I like to eat fish. I just dont like cleaning them.
Sat., Aug. 18, 7 a.m.