Continuing today with our look at some of the old stomping grounds, if you look at the picture below, you probably wouldn't even recognize the building. But back in 1975, Howard Wood opened a bait and tackle shop, along with a boat repair and sales business out of his house in Clermont (9205 Crawfordsville Rd.). Named "That Place in Clermont," the stone house he lived in was right up front. Exiting his back door, you walked a few short steps into another door that opened up into the bait shop. From there, you had a few garage bays in the back where he did boat and motor service.
The overall structure is still intact, and you can even see the garage bays if you look to the back of the parking lot. Of course, a lot has changed. The stone house has been painted and even resided, plus there is a fancy new metal roof in place. That asphalt drive and parking lot is a new addition also. Back when Howard ran his shop, that was a dirt/gravel drive, and pulling up on a rainy day meant mud and water puddles. Local cable television and bass fishing personality Jack DeBord frequented the shop, and I remember one of the guys in my first ever bass club buying one of Jack's old boats from Howard. It was a souped up, overpowered 16' rig, though the brand esacpes me at the moment. I just remember no one wanting to fish with him because the ride was scary fast for such a small boat - even squirrely. But you could do those things back in the day of 2-stroke carburetion.
I haven't been able to track down what happened to old Howard. I'm not certain if he's still with us or not, but the memories of driving over to his shop to get bait and tackle for our trips to the newly built Eagle Creek Res. still are.