Port Clinton business goes viral, while passing time on rainy day

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (13abc Action News) - The charter boats are empty and the road into Fisherman's Wharf in Port Clinton, is part of the Portage River.

"Water started coming up last night," Eric Langermeier, a captain at Fisherman's Wharf said. "Today as the rain and the wind picked up, it just kept rising."

The Wharf crew still came to work. But the recent forecast will keep the boats docked and off the lake at least through the weekend.

"We're going to be stuck here until at least Monday," Langermeier said. "Hoping this weather straightens out at some point and we can get out and fish."

The bait and tackle shop has been in the community since 1961 and has seen its fair share of flooding. But this is the first time they decided to have some fun with it.

"We get bored here at the Wharf," Marc Wolfe, manager, said. "Tim and Cindy, the owners, are great people and give us free range to do what we want to do and today we decided to make some videos."

The series of videos, posted on Facebook make light of the street flooding.

One shows Langermeier dressed as a life guard, with an umbrella hat telling "swimmers" to get out of the pool that has formed in front of their shop.

But there's one in particular that's gotten a lot of attention. Langermeier, wearing cut-off jean shorts, a life jacket, and snorkel gear is seen wading through the water. The called him the "ginger frog-man."

"I come up with ideas, but I would never do them. Eric has no shame and he'll do whatever for free," Wolfe said.

"Kind of got a nice wake up when I ran out into the water," Langermeier said. "Wakes you up better than any cup of coffee ever could."

The videos have been viewed on Facebook thousands of times. The guys at the Wharf say they're a little shocked that their cure for boredom has gotten so much attention.

"We never thought ti would go outside our little circle of customers, but it's just blowing up," Langermeier told 13abc. "We're very thankful right now."