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Fishing Still Great on Barren River Lake

My friends as the TH Marine, FLW, BFL comes to Barren River Lake this weekend the bags should be a sight to see.  As some of the best fishermen of the Mountain Division descend on Barren River Lake I expect to see some good bags weighed in.  For what has seemed the last few years a lake on the decline the last month has shown Barren River Lake is still a fisherman’s paradise.

 

Bass are being caught on long points dragging a Carolina rig.  Or on a chunk rock transition bank dragging a Texas rigged worm.  Lets not forget the power of a jig on this lake.  Look on bluffs,  with a green jig for some fish as well.  Above is Taylor Logsdon of Barren Outdoors,  She and dad Todd got on the water this week and really got some chunks in the boat!IMG_0248

Hybrids are good right now too.  Trolling around the island with shad or shiners works well.  Use your electronics to find the shad.

Catfish should be moving in on the rock walls to spawn very soon and the action should be fast!  Use a pop eye jig an ultra light rod and reel with 6 pound test it is a blast! Under a float on the rip raff near bridges.

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Fishers of Men was on Nolin Lake this week.  It took just over 9 pounds to win!  The fishing was tough.  A lot of fish were caught but it was difficult to find and big fish.  Big fish was 2.7 pounds.

Thank you for reading.  I would love to see any photos you all have!  Good luck and God Bless!0007

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Barren River Lake is on FIRE! 5-30-18

Hello friends!  I must say this has been the best two weeks I have had on Barren River Lake in 10 years.  The bass are on point.  It is akin to the good ol days.  I have no idea what the difference is this May but I am sure glad it is here.

 

I can’t help but wonder if the high water this spring which caused the lake to be tough had an effect on the fish.  They were more scattered and that made the pressure seem less.  Now that the water is down the fish are in their normal pattern, but they just seem eager to eat.  For me the days of catching a boat full of fish had seemed a thing of the past.  But me and a few of my readers are all seeing the same trend.  Good size and good numbers!6A801C93-7296-474C-92BE-47D8868F5B00

So what are those green guys doing?  They are on transition banks close to pockets or coves.  Where the channel begins to move away from the bluff.  This pattern should hold through this week I believe.  Once you dial it in you should catch 3 to 4 fish off each little area.  It is a small portion of the bank these fish are relating to.  You just fish it until you start dialing it in.  Soft plastics Texas rigged os the trick.  Fish your confidence color and it should work.

Mark Towe, is in the feature image up top.  He boated some chunks over the weekend.  He told me it was his best day on the lake so far.  Ross Anglin, above has also boated some chunks the last two weeks. How about that Fishers of Men cap Ross, Thanks for the support! Eric Price, below has really been on them as well.9F30E650-5779-4BAC-9AC9-9E612B2698C1

Fishers of Men has a tournament on Nolin on the 9th of June we would sure love to see you all come out!  We are on Barren on the 30th of June.  Weigh in will be at three for each event.  send me an email or call for more information.3C18C486-D461-4A9C-B905-43D878D4F2A5

Catfish have been good as well.  Good numbers are being caught on live worms in coves.  Soon they will be moving to the rock walls, crickets on pop eye jigs are the ticket for that.  Go see Todd at Barren Outdoors he can put you on the right stuff.  Don’t forget you can park at the bridges and fish that rip raff the same way, the catfish will be there too.

Some hybrid are being caught trolling in the channels.  Live shad is best.

 

Blue Gills are everywhere right now.  Get some crickets and you should fill a basket up!

 

It is with a heavy heart that I let you all know, my friend Eddie Goode lost his daughter over the weekend in a car accident.  I ask that you all Pray for the family.  Eddie and his family love to fish and love Jesus, and are a blessing to all who know them.

 

In closing I want to thank my Sponsors, Barren Outdoors, GLoomis, Shimano, Jakal, Power Pro Lines, and Freddie’s Dugout.  If you all enjoy reading these reports, please give these folks some support, without them this could not happen.  I also want to send a shout out to Fishers of Men tournament trail.  If you guys want to be involved with a great organization check them out.

Good Luck and God Bless!

 

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The Blue Print to Success

Hello friends,  I hope you are all well.  The Morris household is very Blessed.  We had a great tournament on KY Lake last Month.  It is finals week for me at WKU.  PJ’s is booming. Leslie Kidd Photography is growing by leaps and bounds. My son Lane is working on his music career, and plays two gigs this week.  We are also in preparation for the Fishers of Men tournament on Green River Lake on the 19th of this month.

It occurred to me this morning, that a lot of people don’t understand what it looks like to be prosperous.  We set and wonder why we can’t get ahead, and we make bad decision with the money God has blessed us with.  We over extend ourselves finically, to fill voids that will never be filled with material things.  Oh they may make us happy at the moment but it can be fleeting.  For instance I would love to have a brand new Bass Cat boat, and I could go buy one, but then I would have to make the first payment and my buyers remorse would set in.  I am not saying we shouldn’t enjoy what we have been blessed with.  I think we should, but I also think we should not enjoy it to the point that we don’t meet our commitments.IMG_0097

I know God wants us to be prosperous. Honest hard work with Faith in mind is something God wants from everyone. He has given us a blue print for it. Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Palms 90:17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I had trouble tithing for so many years,  it was a lack of trust in God.  But lets be honest it is all his anyway. Since I have started I have been in better shape financially.  God has Blessed the money we have and increased what we bring in.  However I still was not completely trusting.  I would not give the first ten percent.  I would give 5 percent this week and 5 percent next week.  Just incase something came up.  I am now giving my first ten percent and it just feels better.  Showing God I trust him with my finances completely and in every aspect of my life can be difficult because I think I am in control.  I had a real conviction about this, and the growth that is coming from it is amazing. Deuteronomy 15:10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

IMG_0098Doing the work is how we get there.  We must trust the process, and not doubt that God will provide what we need to prosper.  It won’t just fall in our lap.  being prosperous looks a lot like hard work.  We must delight in it,  we must give back as well.  After all everything we have is a gift.  I love my life,  I love my work, and I love giving back. I fall short each day I miss opportunities to further Gods Kingdom.  But through hard work, prayer, reading Gods word, and listening I am getting better.

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Barren River Lake the water is still high. About 8 feet over summer pool. Water temp was 70 degrees on Monday.

Joey Vincent found some Crappie up past Siddens Bridge.  It appears they had a great day up there!

Bass were very tough on Monday.  We found one on a bed and one out on a transition bank leading onto a pocket.  Nothing of any size.  The water being up and down and temperature fluctuations I believe has made them a bit difficult to pattern this spring on Barren River Lake.

Catfish, now the catfish noodles were everywhere Monday.  So it appears they are eating on flats. Which is where we ran into this guy.54740259812__9509C7C0-D98D-4ECA-AD57-86F36BCF15E3 2

I hope you all get out this weekend and enjoy some outdoors.  Happy Mothers day and God Bless.

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Barren River Lake Fishing Report 4-15-18

Come on in boys the water is fine.  We had a brief break in the weather this week.  Warm sunshine was a welcome sight to south central KY.  Spring is coming on strong, and the spawn is going to come with it.  Fishing has been strange this year.  A lot of rain, and cold and snow has caused the fish to be a bit different than years past.

With changing conditions our ability to adapt is what separates the folks who catch and those who do not.  Water rises, water drops.  Cold fronts come through and lead to high sky’s.  Fish still eat.  We just have to find a way to get them to.  The thing to remeber is 90 percent of the fish will be in ten percent of the water.  The key os to find the water they are in right?

In short the answer is yes.  But when we are in a tournament situation finding fish is one thing, finding the right fish is another.  I have found fish and knew they were not the right ones.  After all a bunch of 14 inch fish won’t get you a check right?  Well in KY anyway…  I love catching a lot of fish,  numbers equal a good day.  But on tournament day I really want a solid limit of the right fish, and if I can find a kicker I feel very confident that I will get a check.

So this brings is to seasonal patterns.  Seasonal patterns are a must for any fisherman to understand.  No matter what you are after you have to have a general idea where the fish should be.  When they move up creeks or back out.  If they are staging on points leading into spawning areas. Or have they moved into pockets.  Or are we following them back out?  These things are all to be taken into consideration before one hits the water.  Once we are there the work of figuring out the puzzle begins.  Some weeks I think I am a fish catching machine that can’t go wrong, others I feel like I could not catch a fish with dynamite.  I think all tournament anglers go through these ups and downs.  It can really effect your game because you start scrambling and fishing to fast, or confidence drops and you are now in a slump.

Once we locate some fish we have to figure out what they are doing.  What are the eating?  If they are shallow what is the color of them have they just came up?  Are they short males.  If so are the females still holding back deeper.  I love to throw plastics, and jigs.  These can be hard baits to practice with of time is short.  If I think the fish are in the area I will comb it with a crank bait to cover water.  Then if I find what I think is a promising spot I may then slow down and drag a bit.

The spot on the spot.  I have honed into this a handful of times.  The last time was in a tournament last year.  I had found the fish a week earlier.  Just graphed them.  we launched about midway in the pack.  It was a short run.  We eased into the spot watching the graph the fish were still there.  Within 30 min we had a solid limit.  We kept on the fish until about 10 am.  Then I started thinking well these fish may need a break.  We went and fished a few other places and never could cull.  We came back and there was someone on the spot.  We did end up hitting it again and graphing fish but no takes.  I knew then I should stay with them,  but I over thought it and we ended up with a check.. I think had we stayed and switched up a bit instead of moving we would have made more money that day.  We had it down to where the boat had to be and the angle we pulled through the fish.  There were a ton of fish there it was just a matter of getting the school to fire back up.

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Jerk baits for bass in pockets have been good some folks are also getting bit on Lizards.IMG_0660

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Don & Donnie Neakarse from Frankfort IL.   Some readers who came in last week to fish.  Love hearing from you all!

 

God Bless You All.

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Kentucky Lake is Next Weekend

Happy Sunday folks.  I hope everyone has had a blessed Easter season.  Ours was amazing.

We have gotten our first tournament behind us on Barren.  I was very happy to meet everyone.  While I am still having trouble working with the software, I know I will get it all figured out.

The day was beautiful the sun was out it was warm.  The fishing was tuff, but some of our fine anglers put limits together.  I was very impressed with the number of good spotted bass that was brought in.8D1A893F-2105-4486-953C-8D5D2ADBD438

We had a great meal Friday night, and one person recommitted his life to Christ.  95C35E6F-431F-45AD-BD65-45A52F1917CD

A great meal was provided by Barren Outdoors, and Ross Anglen delivered a great message.

We also can’t forget the hotdogs at the weigh in.  Thanks to Food Lion. And some good chefs.

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We head out on Friday the 20th for Kentucky Lake.  I am looking forward to a great time and some awesome fishing,  I hope you can all come see us.

God Bless

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Fresh water, salt water. We love them both.

Happy Monday.  I hope everyone was safe in the snow this morning.  Winter just will not let go this year.  I for one am ready for warm days and setting around a fire at night while the lightning bugs and kadie dids put on a show. (I am sure I misspelled kadie did but y’all know what I am talking about)  Some 9 P.M. sunsets cat fish at the pond, and the smell of sunscreen mixed with bug spray.

As many of you already know Leslie and I just had the opportunity to go down to FL.  While there I got to mark off some bucket list items.  A bass in the 10 pound range, my first saltwater fishing trip,  my first shark, my first tilapia, and my first alligator in the wild. 172FE130-DE4D-4D12-B2E3-C6559F56F661

I believe it was the first morning there I headed out.  The lake was a small private lake on Leslie’s Aunts property.  I had fished it a little in the fall but not as extensively as I wanted.  The early bite was on a zoom speed worm texas rigged and swam.  It proved very effective and I caught a ton of 2 to 5 pound fish.  Then I was out of worms.  I tried a yum dinger next.  I caught a few dinks on it so I changed it up.  9A639A4A-7C27-487A-B4D9-8B397CC2543E

I had a gold, red eye shad, I decided to give it a throw.  On the second cast it stopped.  A good five pound fish had engulfed it.  I thought now we are on to something.  These are the fish I want. As I worked around the small lake, which is in a wetland protection program.  I cast next to and past a reed that was standing alone.  I had discovered there was a line of old reeds that were under water but almost created a reef type structure the fish were relating to that hump. On one side the water was deeper and shallow on the other.  This is where the big girl was.  She hit and I knew she was a good one.  However she did not feel any bigger than the five pound fish I had been catching.  Then she tried to jump, that is right i said tried.  Her head looked like a five gallon bucket and her eyes did not even get out of the water.  Well I started talking to God.  I think we have all been there if we fish please let me get this monster in.  There was wood and weeds and all kinds of cover.  I got her in clamped my hand in her mouth and hoisted her out of the water.  I was shaking like a leaf the adreninlin was pumping I had a moment akin to Mike Icconeli.  I got her to the house for the photo, and she was released.  He stomach was huge I could barely get my hand under enought to support her.AC7811A5-7236-4D05-ADE7-378AA38647F8

It was an amazing morning on the water to say the least.

 

One afternoon we were getting ready to go out.  I decided to walk down to the water and make a few casts.  I hung into a fish and thought I had another huge bas for a few minutes.  Then I saw its side.1A6A8B0B-3F47-436A-92E2-BB6CFC3BA567

I promise I had washed this shirt!  It was a tilapia,  We were not sure what it was at first.  did some research and that is what we came up with.  These guys are fun to catch too.  They were mostly on the beds and hard to entice.  Sure not like bed fishing bass cause I tried them.

The next to last night Sheri and I went out shark fishing.  It was a great time.  We lost a rod and broke the other.  I sure did not expect these salt water fish to be so strong!  B04F18AC-C728-43F8-B0CB-473FCD04DBE7

We hit the bonnet heads and some cat fish.  I will for sure be on that peer the first night I get to go back down there.

The fishing was amazing no doubt.  It was a great time we visited, we relaxed, we sat on the beach and prayed.  Sometimes stepping out of what we are normally doing is exactly what we need.  It can set the stage for tremendous things.  We must work, we must strive, but we also must stop and smell the roses.  While I am blessed to get to consider a trip to FL fishing a work trip, it was also some much needed time of reflection and rest.  It does not have to be a trip to FL it can be a trip to the creek on the back of the farm, but I think it is very important for people to get these moments of solitude, moments when we are reminded how small we are and how great God is.

1 John 4:4 New International Version (NIV)

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.D3E0EFD3-22BD-424B-AD8B-B5CE9A59E615

So please if this long winter has you down, know that the spring is coming.  Thank you all for reading.

Good luck and God Bless.

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Knowing Gods Plan

Rest on Gods plan for you

I was in m thirties whens Gods plan became evident to me.  God has a way of waiting until we are ready to receive His instructions.  Then sometimes his instructions are just a stepping stone to the next phase in his grand scheme.  In our journey we are often attacked.  We are attacked by fear, then by people who don’t support our journey.  Often it can be a close person in our life, who thinks its crazy.  History proves that Gods plan often seems crazy to the world, then in hind sight we say oh yes I knew that was right.

I am very Blessed as I know where God is leading me right now.  I do not think it is by any means the end of my journey but I know it is my next step.  I will rest on the knowledge of Gods promises to me.  I find comfort in them. Romans 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  I know where God is leading me and I know it will not always be easy.  I am determined to see it through, and I find comfort that God will provide for me while I labor toward it.21538D9F-1536-4228-9076-B0EE6841DEAF

How do we know Gods plan?  That is a hard question but  one you need to ask yourself.  It can be as simple as being a disciple to someone you work with.  Showing kindness to a stranger.  Things we take for granted every day.  I find myself ignoring the day to day ways God uses me sometimes.  It is convicting when I catch myself doing so.  I lay in bed at night with my wife. We spend time together in prayer.  Thanking God for our day our safety our family and our opportunities we have been offered to help.  We pray for our short comings, our future and finances.  We pray for Gods will to be shown to us.  We both believe that if we put God first in everything, then everything else falls into place.  So the real answer to the question is to be still and rest on the promise, that God has a plan for you.1A6A8B0B-3F47-436A-92E2-BB6CFC3BA567

That being said one can not simply wait all the time.  It is a marathon, that takes training, and sweat, and hard work.  Start by praying, reading, getting out of your own head.   Go do something for someone else.  Go to church, seek wise counsel.  Proverbs 11:14Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.  If you are struggling with your path seek knowledgable people and ask questions.  The only dumb question os the one you don’t ask.

I have included photos from Florida. Leslie and I were blessed to get a chance to go spend time in the warm sun, catching my personal best.  Close to a 10 pound 27 inch large mouth bass.  I also got to catch a tilapia, and my first shark.  I saw my first wild alligator.  I saw God everywhere from the sunsets to the nice people I got to spend my time with.

God is always in control.  We just have to move our will out of the way, and seek His.  I pray everyday to be pleasing to God.  I know I fall short we all do, that doesn’t mean we are not good enough.  It means we are human. Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. So lets rest on Gods promises, and follow where He leads us.  May God richly Bless all of you.  Thank you all for reading.

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Barren River Lake is heating up!

Good evening fine folks I have so much to share.  I just went to Florida and did some fishing.  I have the first FOM tournament coming up March 17th on Barren.  I look forward to seeing seeing some of you all there.  The meeting will be at Crossland Community church, across from Colton’s in Glasgow KY.  The time will be 6 p.m.

In this little snip-it I am just going to include some fishing information for Barren.  As most of you all know the water is way up. It is also a real nice brown color.  The good thing is the bass are up relating to wood cover and what better time to throw a spinnerbait.!  Man I love a spinnerbait.  Each time i pull one over a limb I can’t help but think a monster is going to eat it.  Above is a picture of Eric Price who caught that fish in four feet of water on a Banjo Blade spinnerbait.

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Well lets talk about the crappie.  They are eating folks.  Today crappie were found in around 18 feet of water.  Spider rigs, Bobby Garland jigs are good choices.  Also around wood and a live minnow is hard to beat.  The guys from Barren Outdoors  caught some good ones today. F4C4DDE9-1625-4F41-AB8F-7F7EC36A8A8B

Carry Eaton with a Barren River Lake Crappie.

I hope you all get out and catch some fish.  The fish think spring is here and I hope they are right.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Good Luck and God Bless.

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The Carp and the Duck

Well it is cold and rainy.  It was a perfect day to stay in.  We got up, ate breakfast, went to church, picked up Lane and laid around.  I have not been fishing.  I don’t have a report for you all so I think I will just tell a fishing tale.

I was blessed to have so many outdoorsmen and women in my life.  I spent much of my youth in the woods or near water.  I think a lot of folks in this area have been blessed in the same way.  I want to talk a little about Conley Bottom.  For those of you familiar with Lake Cumberland most of you will know where Conley Bottom is.  It is situated in Wayne County KY, my uncle Ralph Thornton and I spent days and days there.  We would fish for blue gill near a big willow tree off to the left of the dock, between the dock and the campground.  We caught tons of fish around that tree and we sure ate a bunch of them.

A typical trip would begin early. Monk, as we lovingly called uncle Ralph Thornton,  would show up, we would load up and drive to Louie’s bait shop.  We would pick up a snack, a canned Gatorade apiece some worms and head out.  Monk drove a 1978 red Chevrolet Chevette which was garage kept and still in great shape when I left for WKU.  He would load his old fiberglass rods paired with old green Johnson reels.  The reels were religiously spooled with Stren Mono clear blue florescent.  We would tie a number 2 gold crappie hook on, a split shot, and a bobber.  We would be set up to fill a stringer.

I remember him always cautioning me to watch for snakes, while I never wanted to get bit I would have liked to see one.  I would play in the rocks and in the edge of the water.  Looking for any type of critters I could find.  A water dog or a crawfish was always an exciting find.  I fished a lot too.  Monk never was the be still, be quiet kind of a fisherman.  He understood I was a kid and loved the wonderment a child can bring to an outdoor adventure.  He let me reel every fish he caught in.  He would let me hold the fish and examine the fish.  He also had me help in the cleaning process.  I would stand in a chair and scale while he did the knife work.  We would do dissections and have lessons on what parts did what.

I hung into a huge carp one day.  It ran and pulled up and down the bank. I walked, Monk coached.  My brother had caught a big carp once and I wanted to beat him.  After a long battle it broke the line.  I was very upset, Monk tried to calm me down by saying we could not eat it any way.  I did not care about eating that thing I wanted to brag about it.  This carp taught me not to force a fish, it was the first big fish I had a hold of.  The next lesson the carp taught me was not about fishing, it was about Mothers.  It just so happened there was a mother duck and a bunch of babies on the bank up from where I lost the fish.  I wanted to sneak up on them and catch a baby duck.  Monk said thats not a good idea but go for it.  (thinking it would swim off)  I sneaked up and as I got closer I made my move.  All the ducks made a move for the water one little duck tripped and i scooped it up.  It of course went crazy peeping.  Here comes momma duck and she was out for blood.  I threw the little duck in the water and ran.  She gave a little chase but once she learned the baby was fine she went back in the water with the babies.  Monk laughed, I cried.  Mommas will sure protect their babies.  I remember talking to Monk about not wanting to hurt the little duck I just wanted to pet it.  He told me no matter your intention that Mother duck did not know, she just did what came natural.  Her response to the her baby being in possible danger.

Life is much like that duck situation.  Sometimes we set out with good intention and end up hurting someone.  It is times like that we need to lean on grace, and prayer.  Like that duck, people can be reactive and protective if they feel threatened.  I think it is inevitable as a human to sometimes fall short.  I have found if we own up to our short comings with honesty and humility it helps people find the grace they need.  Another thing is when we feel threatened or wronged, we should be willing to offer grace and love to those who have wronged us.  When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment?  He said Love the Lord God with all your heart.  And love your neighbor as you love yourself.  The reply to Jesus was something like but who is my neighbor?  Jesus said the real question is, are you a good neighbor?  Mathew 22:34-36

This is just the tip of the iceberg on the things I learned about life in the outdoors.  I will share more of them with you all as time goes by.  I hope this reminds you of someone in your life.  Ralph Thornton was the most Christ-Like man I ever knew.  He loved people, he worked hard and prayed harder.  His faith was as big as this great country.  He was solid and honest.  Just plain and simple the best man I ever knew.

Thanks for taking the time to let me share bits of my life with you all.  Good Luck and God Bless.  image

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Bertram Oil Comes On Board to Help FOM West KY.

Hello my friends.  I hope this finds everyone warm and safe.  I for one am ready for spring.  I intend to rush it a bit as I head to FL to get in some fishing very soon.  What a better time to catch a personal best than spawn in FL?  My lovely wife will be going with me and I also look forward to some beach time with her.

Life has sure been busy around the Morris residence.  I am not sure if any of you know my day job is working at PJ’S College of Cosmetology.  With the help of a lot of people and God I passed my cosmetology test on Monday.  I am excited to move forward in that career.  I am also taking classes at WKU. I am carrying 19 hours there ( at night.)  I apologize for not writing as often, and am excited to get back on the water so I can bring you more information.

I have some exciting news on the Fishers of Men side of things.  We have a new sponsor.   I want to thank Bertram Oil of Monticello KY for stepping in and helping bring the word to a lot of fishermen this year. I look forward to seeing how the Lord blesses people with their gifts.  I am also excited to be partnering with such a great family they are a Blessing to know.

So now to talk a bit about fishing.  I have one word, red.  Red, in my opinion is going to be especially good this spring.  I believe with the amount of cold weather we have had, the water isn’t going to heat up quite as quick.  As the fish start transitioning up toward spawning areas, they will be eating red crawfish.  What better than a big old crawfish to energize the spawn.  I think the fish will be active and plentiful this spring on Barren River Lake.  As the days lengthen i think the fish will be anxious to move but the water temperature will hold them back deeper where they will stack up and eat red crank baits.  I am getting my red baits ready to go!  I think you all should too.

In closing I want to thank you all for reading, and reaching out.  As always please like and share.  Please support our sponsors.  Links are posted on the web site.  I will have some more information soon!  Good luck and God Bless.

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God Will Provide

I sit down just to write a few lines tonight.  Lines about how great our God is.  Many of you know about the journey I have been on to get to this point in my life, and how God has used it.  As tournament time approaches quickly, the pressure to make sure every angler, and every person involved with Fishers of Men West KY needs are met.  I began to do something God does not want us to do.  Worry.

I worried about how to feed people.  How to reach people.  How to make sure folks enjoyed themselves, and came back with friends. Volunteers we would need, and just all that will be involved in making sure we show Christ and love in all we do. All the while I knew God would provide all I would need.  So I prayed.  I prayed very specifically for things I would be needing. I prayed for strength, wisdom, discernment.  For Gods will to be my own.  I prayed for peace on this issue. Worry is a killer folks and God tells us in Mathew 6.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 
30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The faith that God would provide lifted my worry.  I am encouraged by the Word.  As soon as I let go of the thought of control God stepped in and took the reins. That is when things started to move.
One of my personal struggles is control.  I want to be in the know.  I want to be in the drivers seat.  It makes it hard to move Josh out of the way so God can work.  This literally hit me as I am writing.  It is a lesson I always don’t see until its done.  I have no control on Gods timing.  No matter how hard I try or work until God is ready, until my fruit is ripe God will not move to the next step.  While I want to bust in the door God wants me to be patient.  Aren’t fishermen supposed to be patient?  Well when it comes to waiting on Gods timing, when I think it is time I fall short.
Today God has shown up and shown up big.  We have some new folks stepping up to help us out, and I am excited to tell you all more about how God can use each of us in different ways to bring the big picture together.  As of right now I don’t have all the information to post about our new partners.  I will be posting soon.  It just is great to see how trust in God can be rewarded.  Thanks to everyone for the prayers, and support thus far.  I look forward to the future.  I look forward to seeing how God will help us all come together in His name.  Lane at lakeIt is an exciting time of growth. May God Bless all of you, and your families.
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It is Cold!

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People are upset with this cold blast of air we are dealing with in South KY.  I for one am excited to see it.  It will bring the water temperatures down and heat up the bite on Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow Lake.

A cold grey day is what I like to look for.  When the conditions and water temperature line up a person can boat some of the biggest fish of there life this time of year.  I personally look for wood cover or a slide, a lot of times the fish will really school up deep this time of year.  If you can get them fired up action can be fast and fierce.  Finding them and getting them eating at times can be frustrating. It pays to do your home work.

There are many different ways to be successful in cold water.  Live bait, NED rigs, Silver Buddy, crawling a jig, crank baits.  All will produce and all are fun.  My favorite for this time of year is the NED.  Those of you who have been reading my work have heard my NED success stories before.  For cold water it is a killer.  If its crappie you are after live minnows are almost impossible to beat this time of year.  Long lining shiners on Dale Hollow, or Cumberland with a split shot rig is a good option too.  The hot thing going now is the good old float and fly.  Both Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow offer trophy fish and this method is deadly.

You can find fish on long points, on bluffs and around fallen trees or brush.  Old slides are always good provided the wood is still there.  That is where doing your homework comes into play.  Different situations will warrant a change in technique.  So I will have a silver buddy if I think a shad die off has happened. (hint cold weather brings this on)  I would think it has hit.  If you can find where chad have been holding rip that think off the bottom and hold on.  NED is good for this too, but I usually cast open my bail and let it free fall.  Always be watching your line.   The hits will be violent and fast from bass.  Crappie can be different. I have caught them on both these baits but they tend to be a bit softer in there strike.

So in Closing I hope when this weather turns warmer you all are ready to go get them.  I welcome any questions about techniques, or what I look for.  I also hope everyone makes a resolution to fish more with their families in the new year.

(Feature picture is Jason Bean with a huge Dale Hollow Musky)  Congratulations Jason,

He caught it on 6 lb test line on a spinning rod.

Good Luck and God bless!

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What an Amazing Year!

Well folks Christmas is behind us now, things should slowly return to normal.  Families and loved ones are headed back home. The gifts are handed out and left overs abound!  Now as the new year rapidly approaches we have time to do some reflecting on what a year it has been.  photo5

The first thing that comes to my mind about this year and there are many is Leslie.  Leslie and I went on our first date about this time last year.  I was instantly smitten with her beauty, abundance of life, Love of God, and the way that light just always seems to follow and attach to her.  As we grew closer, the man who thought he had things figured out was shown a different path.  God showed up big.  I prayed every night for months that if she was not the person God had for me for Him to take her away.  To the point that God said enough Josh she is mine and I want to give her to you.  She is an inspiration, she strengthens me and she is a gift to all who are Blessed enough to know her. photo6

Secondly is my amazing son.  Lane is another amazing child of God.  He always has my back.  Lane blesses me in so many ways.  His talent is such a blessing to so many people.  His faith is strong and he truly loves people.  I know God has big plans for this young man, and am excited to see them come to life.  I have to remind myself when Lane does something bone headed that he is only 15, and he is growing.  I pray he continues to grow and learns from his mistakes.  He has a huge heart and it will serve him well.photo4

Professionally It has been an epic ride.  While taking classes at WKU, fishing, working at PJ’S College, it has been a busy year.  I will finish my HR classes in May at WKU.  I am proud to have that under my belt.  I have been made Director of West KY Fishers of Men.  I have caught a lot of fish and met a lot of great people on the water.  Just recently I was named CAO of PJ’S College Glasgow.  Hard work, great guidance and Prayer work.

This year I have grown spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.  What more could any person ask for.  I have been abundantly Blessed.  I have great friends and family.  I have an amazing son and wife.  My career is going great.  I am humbled and overwhelmed by this year as a whole.  Mountain tops are sure nice to be on and I am enjoying it. It is a reminder to me how our strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.  Sometimes that wait can be long, I promise it is worth it, and I praise God for both.  We can not grow without some growing pains.  God makes all things work together for our good.  I look forward to 2018 and where He leads we will follow.  Thank You all for reading. I hope 2017 was better to you than it was me.  I pray that 2018 is even better for you.imageimageimageimage

 

Now lets talk about Lake Cumberland.  My friend Ross Anglin and I hit the water with my dear old Dad a couple of weeks ago.  We had a drizzly great time.  The weather was damp cold and overcast.  Absolutely perfect for a winter time trip.

We headed out before daylight in Glasgow.  We had a great trip over catching up, cutting up and a lot of laughter.  We met my Dad and began looking for some fish.  The fish were there pretty soon I had one hooked which got tangled in cover and I broke it off.  Ross missed a couple early on.  Then we got on them.  Ross is pictured above with his personal best spotted bass.  Ross had a grand slam that day.  He caught spotted bass, largemouth, crappie and catfish.  We kept the crappie I think we ended up with 8 big crappie, a few spots, two cats, and a largemouth. The bite stopped around lunch time so we headed out got some lunch and headed home.

We had an amazing trip and look forward to hitting it agin soon.  The colder the water gets the better the fishing will get.  If you get a chance to try them I encourage it.

All the fish were holding deep.  At least 30 feet down.  I caution you if you are not keeping the fish you should know how to fizz them before you go.  We used NED rigs, silver buddy, and live minnows.  They were all around wood cover in deep water.  also watch for feeding birds they can sure be helpful in finding some fish.IMG_3421

Good luck and God Bless.

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Fishing for Christmas Answers

With the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season it sure is easy to get caught up and neglect key things in our lives.  As Christmas rapidly approaches and renewing sponsorships crank down at the end of the year.  Lets not even think about taxes! Work commitments, shopping and meals coming up often times the real reason for the season gets pushed to the back of our minds.

The traffic in good old Glasgow KY has sure increased since Thanksgiving.  What is usually a ten minute drive is now more like 30 minutes. I know I am Blessed by such an easy commute.  I can only imagine what some of you all have to deal with.  However to us Barren County folks it can be frustrating. I have not ventured into any of the local stores in weeks.  I will have to make the trip today, but it is begrudgingly that I do so.  The boost to the local economy is a welcome site, but I had just as soon set here on the mountain like the Grinch, and grumble.

Tis also the season to see if we can get our sponsors back on board for next season.  I am very Blessed in that aspect as well.  I have the best sponsors to work with.  These folks took a chance on me and now into my third year are still with me.  I am sure proud of my sponsors.  The folks at Barren Outdoors in Glasgow are jumping on board and helping me with Fishers of Men as well.  That is where I have been putting in the most work this fall, learning and trying to grow the reach of the West Ky division.  Also the great folks at A.F. Crow and sons funeral home are helping out this year.  We also have Mark Miller Marine on board as our local Bass Cat Boats dealer. We will be adding more folks to that list very soon.  I would like to thank them all for supporting me, and Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail.  If any of you are interested in a sponsorship or helping us out in any way, or fishing with us give me a call or an email.

With more traffic and the beginning of the year on top of us at the college we have seen more traffic.  This is a good thing but often can mean more hours at the office.  It is another Blessing to have a good job and be busy.  Although it can add to the stresses of day to day this time of year.  It also provides a means for us to go buy Christmas gifts, turkeys, hams,  and other Christmas delights.  While all this is in our minds, added somewhere in the back is income taxes.  Nothing can quiet strike fear into our hearts like the dreaded IRS.  Almost like the boogie man he leers in the dark corner of our imagination to strike in the late winter and early spring. He will come and it will cost us, Ha.  Maybe I should be writing a horror film.

With all these factors, and how we tend to grumble about such menial things this time of year.  We all truly know the reason for the season is Jesus.  The complaints, the grumbles, the excuses all come from the Devil.  I know it and if you look at it you will know it.  Why would satan not attack this time of year?  Millions of people are gathering in across the world to Celebrate Jesus, the one who will stand with us against the accuser.  He hits our finances, he hits our transportation, he hits our families,  he wants us to suffer and be Grinch-like.  It takes away from the Glory God is showing.  Think of all the Angel tree kids, the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, soup kitchens, and countless other ways people help out this time of year.  All in the name of Jesus.  We need to proclaim it all in the name of Jesus, and when we get to feeling these frustrations turn to Prayer and Praise instead of anger and curse words.  I am as guilty as anyone.  I have a tendency to grumble about how commercialized and consumer driven Christmas has become.  I think Jesus would scoff at me for this.  The money I spend never was mine anyway.  Without Jesus providing I couldn’t have it to complain about.  Without Jesus providing family and friends we complain about “dealing” with we would be alone.  Without Love where would we be?  Christmas time calls for a bit more Grace at times but slow down folks enjoy it.  Pour yourself out and fill back up with Jesus.  Yes it takes effort a times, I promise it will be worth it.  For Me to increase I must decrease, and make Jesus number 1. John 4:4 says You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  My friend Jason Brooks has this tatted on his arm.  This verse has so much power in it for us.  It has became one of my favorites.  april 14 ky bass

In closing today, I hope each of you have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!  I Pray each of you are safe, warm and happy this Christmas.  I am very thankful for all of you who read, share and reach out.  God Bless you and Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

 

Fishing report for Barren River Lake

Its been cold this week.  That is good for us!  The crappie have been really eating.  Live bait in wood about 10 to 15 feet deep.

Channel Catfish have been caught in good numbers.  Mud points throw live shad in the channel and wait.

Bass have been doing pretty good on jigs, they are a but scattered, I like bluffs but some nice ones have been caught on flats and points lately.

My next trip will be Lake Cumberland I hope to have you a nice report there soon.

Good Luck and God Bless!Lane at lake

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Fishers of Men

A few years ago I began a journey.  Well I guess that journey started a long time ago.  Fishing has been a huge part of my life as all of you know by now.  This journey however really jumped into motion when I began fishing with Ross Anglen.  Ross is absolutely one of the best outdoorsmen I know.  Ross introduced me to competitive bass fishing.  I was hooked instantly.  The rush of the blast off to the exhilaration of putting good fish in the boat during a tournament, lets face it thats what keeps hoards of people coming back and what drives a multi-billion dollar industry.  Anyone can compete and anyone can win, and there is nothing else on earth like it.

This journey led me to a calling.  I felt I was supposed to have some sort of ministry through fishing.  A way to bring bass fishermen to Christ. I had no clue what that would look like.  Over the years Ross pulled away from competing,but we have remained and will rmain dear friends.  Ross helped me grow as fisherman and as a Christian.  Ross prayed for me and has probably known longer than I have a way was being made for me.

So as time goes on this year to be exact, I had a tough year on the water.  I just could not build any momentum.  In competitive fishing momentum is important because of confidence.  If you start strong your confidence is boosted and you fish much better.  You don’t second guess anything.  So with the lumps I took this year I trudged into the final tournament of the year thinking it may be my last.  I had lost some of the drive for tournament fishing that I had.  I made a great showing in that last tournament.  It is a good way to end a year for sure.  Going into next year I had decided I would fish some but not as much.

Then here comes God.  I have had so many blessings through fishing. Sponsors, great folks I have met, these articles, and all the people who have reached out and I have enjoyed helping to catch fish.  A few weeks ago I got approached by the Fishers of Men tournament trail about being a director.  I instantly got excited and scared.  I was not sure if this was right or if I wanted it for reasons that were fleshy. I began to pray.  I talked with my family, and finally I called Ross.  Ross said he would pray but as we talked he said dude, it os a no brainer it is what you have prayed for, for years.  I needed that encouragement, so with friends and family in prayer I decided to take the position.

So now here I am.  The Director for the KY West Division of Fishers of Men Tournament trail.  I pray to God uses me to do some great things.  I pray for a place where all people are welcome, and shown love. I pray for good volunteers and sponsors.  I pray for growth. Most of us as guys don’t always enjoy the formal setting of church, we would rather be in jeans a t-shirt and a cap.  This will be a place to come have fellowship, hear Gods word, compete with some great folks, and catch some fish.  Go check out the web-site.  Look at the KY West schedule.  If you have questions let me know, and come out and fish with us!

Fishing wise we went to Dale Hollow today,  we caught one fish and it came unbuttoned.  It was beautiful out there. Water temperature was 58 degrees.  Most folks were fishing with live bait on points about 20 to 25 feet deep.

(pictured is Ross Anglen)

(top photo by Leslie Kidd Photography)

God Bless!image

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And Here Come the Holidays

Hello from Barren County KY!  It has been an outdoorsman’s month here in the Bluegrass state.  Modern gun season for whitetail deer is in full swing.  Crappie are turning on.  A lot of game will be harvested over the coming weeks. I hope all of you get in on the action.

 

I think we hunt and we fish because there is a almost primal urge to do so.  For the millions of us who do these outdoor activities a bond can be formed just from the commonality of the hunt.  A brotherhood of like minded people.  We enjoy the fellowship with other outdoorsmen the discussions, understanding and support.  This is also a primal need we all have.  We all want to be accepted, we all want to feel valid, and worthy.  This fellowship of support can transcend borders, beliefs, races.  It is a beautiful thing.

 

The time spent discussing fishing, or hunting is comparable to family.  The Holidays are upon us and we all look forward to spending time with family and loved ones.  This fellowship that is also bound from commonality. The commonality of blood, the stories of the past Holidays and things only your family can understand.  Your family picks you up when you fall.  They understand your failures, and still love you in spite of your downfalls, or blindspots.  The good thing about family is you may not see a brother or a cousin for years.  When you see them you automatically go back to where you left them last.  How is this possible?  Family.

God is another way we are all brought together.  Our Church family is much like our blood family.  We have all kinds in it, yes even a Cousin Eddie from Vacation.  If you think you don’t have a cousin Eddie then he is probably you. I joke, but it is true that Gods family is made up of all kinds and all are welcome.  Just like it is important to spend time with family (even the ones who get on our nerves) it is important to spend time with our church family.  Church is not about legalistic views and rules.  It is about Jesus, the Cross and what he came for.  Just like any family you are not always going to agree with each other, there will be hurt feelings, anger all different kinds of turmoil that can happen.  Just because we are Christian does not mean we are perfect.  The only time the human element can be removed is when we all get to Heaven.  So until then lets all try our best to have respect and love for each other.  The Church family is to have like minded believers to lean on in times of trial and tribulation.   Hebrews 10:24-25

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 
25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

I am excited to extend my family a bit more.  No we aren’t having a child.  I am now the Director of the KY West Division of Fishers Of Men Tournament trail.  I look forward to spending time getting to know all of the competitors and great folks involved with this organization.  I would be glad to answer any questions any of you may have about competing or anything else.  I haver the schedule for the 2018 season posted on the Fishers of Men web site.

 

God Bless each of you.  Thank you for reading! Happy Thanksgiving.image

 

 

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What an Awesome October!

It is one of my favorite months.  Its my birth month.  The crappie fishing heats up, and tournaments wind down for me.  I cut my teeth on crappie fishing and I always enjoy getting back to hitting Lake Cumberland with my Dad.  However this October has not held much fishing for me.  It has been filled with Blessings of another kind.

For starters I got the opportunity to take my son to Florida for fall break.  We finished the last tournament on September 30th and headed out that day.  It was a long drive but a good chance to cut up with my two favorite people, Leslie and Lane.  We went to central Florida and it was a long drive.  We got there tired, but anxious to see the water.  Almost immediately we were greeted by a manatee.  I had never seen one nor had Lane.  It was windy and over cast but absolutely beautiful.  God was everywhere.  We experienced our first trip out on the ocean in a boat, we encountered dolphins, manatee a nurse shark, numerous other types aquatic life.   photo4below you can see a manatee pictured is Lane My brother in law Troy Stephens and myself. you have to look to see the shadow and his nose sticking up. He swam right up to us.imageThe next thing that happened in Florida Was the pond Behind Leslie’s Aunt’s house.  It is a big pond it has everything a bass needs to get huge.  The only suitable rod Sherry had was an old Zebco with rotten line and a cheap old top water frog.  Troy said I don’t think there are any fish in there I said oh yes there are. I cast out and on about the third twitch a five gallon bucket opened under the frog and I set the hook.  The fish ran and then the old rotted mono snapped.  Troy’s eyes looked like saucers, I said I knew it!  So in the truck and down to buy some gear after a 250 run to the store we were set to hit those FL bass, and we did. We did some night fishing and some day fishing.  Troy has some photos but I did not get any of them. I believe Troy caught his PB that week.

However the biggest and best thing that happened in October was the wedding.  I never expected to be married again or even to date seriously.  God sure has a way of showing our plans up!  I met Leslie and after months of trying to get her to go out she finally agreed.  From that point on we have been inseparable.  She is a rock, supportive, Christian, hard working and loving.  The fact that she Loves God and seeks His Will is her best attribute, and she has so many.  My walk with Leslie has brought me closer to the Father, it has made me a better man.  For the first time in my life I have a small understanding of Ephesians 5:25 Husbands Love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.  Together seeking Gods will with a spouse who you have entered the covenant of marriage with is one of the most amazing things I have experienced.  To be evenly yoked with Leslie is such a help.  Genesis 2:18 The LORD God said, “it is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make him a helper who is just right for him.”  Thank God for this, it is faithful of us to wait on her, it is faithful to trust she is there, it is faithful to follow God seek his will and submit.  Don’t fight it guys if you are questioning if, pray and be willing to listen, honestly listen and obey.

On October 22, 2017 Leslie Ann Kidd and myself along with God entered the Covenant of marriage. A chord of three strands are not easily broken.  We descended on the Kidd farm for a picture perfect day.  We were blessed to have the talented Tiffany Kokal do the photos.  We celebrated the union with a lot of our family and friends.  We were blessed by the out pouring of love and support.  It could not have went off so well without the help of our friends and families so thank all of you.

Fishing well honestly I haven’t had time to do much fishing the last little bit.  I would look for bass to be 10 to 17 feet deep. Moving up creeks, look in pockets and secondary points.  Crank baits would be my go to.

Crappie are going to be 10 to 15 feet deep on trees or brush. Live minnows.

Of course on Cumberland it is time to hit the old NED rig. I intend to do that this weekend!

God Bless all of you, thanks to all my readers who have reached out ask questions and sent warm wishes about the wedding.

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Fish Like a Child

This is an article I wrote some time back.  It has already been published in a couple places, however it is one of my favorite ones.  I thought I would share it with you all on here.

 

Yesterday I had the chance to take my Son and my Father fishing. We are very lucky to get to do this a few times a year.  It is nice to see that the old man can still out fish me, and that my Son is catching up very fast.  At times I can hear my Father’s words coming out of my mouth when trying to help my son to improve on a particular tactic, and I can see myself in my Son when he says ok then keeps doing his own thing and swings a fish in the boat. This brings me to my point.

Yesterday we had intentions to fish this new to us thing called a ned rig. However my Father is an avid crappie fisherman and casting repeatedly to the bank or underwater cover drives him nuts.  Fishing with live bait vertically drives me nuts.  So we compromised some bass some crappie.  We pulled up to a crappie hole my dad and I grabbed a crappie rig my son grabbed his ned rig.  Almost in unison my Dad and I ask if he didn’t want a minnow.  He said no I think I am going to try this.  Dad and I grinned at each other as if to say wait till we start pulling in fish he will change his mind, then it happened.  Lane’s rod doubled over and he said yep got him!  He then pulled to the top of the water a very nice and fat KY bass, following that fish up was about 10 of his twins.  In Lane’s youthful exuberance he had fired up a school of KY bass.  For a solid hour we caught bass after bass doing something my Dad and I thought would never work.  Once that bass came to the boat it was as if we were all thirteen year old boys, and excited laughter and chatter filled the air.

 

You see what Lane did right and what we as older fishermen often do wrong is he wasn’t afraid to try something new, and he trusted his gut.  I am very guilty of getting a new technique give it about ten cast then go back to my tried and true methods.  Now don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with our tried and true methods when they are producing the results we want. As fishermen, however we all know that is not always the case.  That is when it is nice to pull out something different from our bag of tricks so to speak.  Also if your gut tells you to try something try it and give it a real chance to produce.  If that thing produces then keep refining.  To me one of the most fun things about fishing is figuring out what the fish want to eat and the more offerings we have the better off we are. In closing I challenge you folks and myself to fish like a child each time you are on the water.  Don’t be afraid to try something new even with an old bait.  That is how different techniques are born, just like yesterday Lane came up with a new technique which he will refine all week with his Grandpa.

 

Good luck and God Bless,

Josh

Lanes first tourny bass

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The Fall Bite is Here!

Hello my friends.  I hope all is well with you.  I have had a big September with some ups and downs.  Competitive fishing can be a roller coaster ride at times, one can be flying high one day and lurching through the next.  Two big tournaments in two weeks, in the back of the boat for one in the front for the next. I fished the BFL and the Skeleton Cup.  I learned a lot from both tournaments.

The BFL was a wash. I caught some fish but not the right fish.  That makes for a long day. If any of you want to know what its like to have a bad day at my office stand on a drive way in 90 degree heat and cast and reel for eight hours.  By 1:00 you will be ready to go home I promise it is not much fun.  How do I cope?  I have learned to enjoy the view, to pray and talk to God.  If I am in the back of the boat I will fish and watch the depth finder.  I take mental notes of brush, bait fish, stumps, schools of fish.  This can provide a wealth of knowledge. So I went to the weigh in with nada but made the best of it.

The Skeleton Cup was a different story.  I was in the front of the boat and knew where some fish were. Now the question was would they bite?  I drew an early boat number went straight to them and sat down.  By the first hour in we had caught four.  That is a good day in the office.  If you want to know how that feels, there is only one way and thats enter a tournament and experience it. We had a camera boat with us some, that was another awesome experience.  I would like to thank GLoomis, Shimano, Power Pro Line, Jakall, and Barren Outdoors for that opportunity.  I also want to thank Trevent Hayes for his passion for the outdoors and commitment to bring a local tournament to the people on KySports.TV check them out look for the coverage.  Ended up 15th place in the tournament and took home 400.00 worth of fine GLoomis rods.  While we would have loved winning it all we went out to have fun and we sure did.  We were tickled with our placing.

After a hard tournament season.  I felt I could not build momentum this year.  I caught fish but just couldn’t put it together on tournament day.  This was a great way to close the season out.  Rolling into next year on a high will be a big boost.  It is more proof to be still, and trust God.  God will make good on his promises, however he only does so in His time.  Do not be discouraged by the struggle.  The struggle means you are still in the fight.  It never fails when I willfully submit to Gods will blessings always show up.  We must walk in Faith and not in Flesh.

Now to fishing

Bass are fair crank baits on flats with pockets 12 to 20 feet deep.  Shad colors are best early in the morning.

Crappie have really picked up.  Early morning bite is on as well. brush or lay downs 8 to 12 feet deep.

Hybrid have been really good around Baileys point I have picked some up on Red Eye Shad. Live bait and trolling are more effective.

The weather is nice get out and get on the fall fishing folks. Please be careful as the Corpse of Engineers has began drawing the lake down.

Thank You for reading.  Good Luck and God Bless!

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God Had a Plan For Me

Good evening folks I hope everyone is doing well.  We have had some wet weather as of late in the Barren River Lake area.  It truly makes my heart go out to the folks in Texas.  Also the folks in Florida as another hurricane bares down on our great country.  I was in class this week and my professor has ask us to write a speech about ourselves.  It made me think.  Many of you do not know anything about me other than I love to fish and help people catch more fish.

I guess the best place is to start at the begining.  I am from Monticello KY.  Monticello is a beautiful place. It is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains.  With cold streams with trout to beautful lakes teeming with small mouth and other great fish.  It is closer to Lake Cumberland but is within a rocks throw of Dale Hollow.  Not to mention numerous farm ponds.

My Father taught Diesel mechanics at KY Tech.  My Mother ran a beauty shop out 0of our home.  Together the our family had a large farm producing soy beans, corn, beef, pork, tobacco, and Tennessee Walking Horses.  As a child i spent a lot of time in the woods and on the water, outdoors was always a huge part of family life.  We fished all the time my Uncle Ralph Thornton took us at least once a week when we were not in school.  My memories of early childhood are full of the great times we had on and near the water.  I had many other folks who took me fishing my parents grandparents and cousins we were simply a fishing family.

Sometime around third grade, my parents lost their farm, and consequently their marriage failed.  I along with my Mother moved to Los Angeles California.  That my friends was an absolute culture shock.  I was not a very happy camper at this time, however it is when my Faith began to really develop.  I put my Faith in God that he had a plan and that all this upheaval was for a reason.  Church was always a part of our family and all were Christians.  This strong base in Christ pulled me through this difficult time.

We moved back to KY after a brief stint in CA.  Once we moved back things for young Josh didn’t get much easier.  I eventually moved in with my Great Uncle Ralph Thornton who we affectionately called “Monk”.  Monk,  was a very devout Christian and would only miss church for a fishing trip.  He said “Jesus loves fishermen” and he reckoned God would understand.  We worked the garden, mowed the yard he had a few acres with some cows and chickens to help with food.  I eventually saved a bought myself a horse, I was around 12 at this time.

Monk fed my love of the outdoors.  Having a guardian who grew up during the depression in rural KY it was simply his way of life.  He hunted and fished to provide food and recreation for the family.  He also helped grow my strength as a Christian.  He never forced us to go to church but made it available.  He trusted prayer and example to lead us to the light.  His trust was founded and he was the most Christ-like person I have ever known.  The foundation of who I am has a lot to do with the prayer, example, and work he put in.

Fast forward a few years.  I am a young man trying to find my path in life.  Thinking as most young men do, that I had everything figured out.  I moved to Glasgow with my mother and enrolled at WKU.  I always wanted to fish and hunt.  However everyone said you can’t make a living doing that.  I believed them, unfortunately.  However I do believe that my path had to go the way it did to get me ready for the next step.  As I said God had a plan.  So I flunked out of WKU my freshman year met a girl and decided it was time to get married.

We wed and went to work.  The daily struggles of life working minimum wage and maximum hours to scrape by.  It was a grind.  Hard work prayer and perseverance pay off.  We eventually got better jobs and a house.  I always kept going back to I am supposed to fish.  I did fish for fun quite a bit.  I never had the opportunity to tournament fish.  I thought about it but was really scared to try.  I know now it just wasn’t the right time.  God was building something in me.

Fast forward a few more years.  I now have a son who is such a fine young man, one of my greatest blessings. I also now have a pretty good boat.  Through church God put a man named Ross Anglin in my life.  God knew what he was doing.  Ross moved here from TX to become the youth minister at Crossland Community Church in Glasgow KY.  Ross loved to fish and we became fast friends and pretty soon fished my first tournament.  We got second or third that night, and I was addicted to tournament fishing.  My focus became bass,  I ate breathed and lived it.  I was obsessed.  God reviewed to me yes you can do this you can make money in the outdoor industry.

I answered Gods call.  I prayed and fished and He gave me the tools I needed to be successful.  I am very Blessed to have great sponsors it is absolutely a God thing.  As I have said He had a plan.  I started seeing this plan coming together.  I prayed for sponsors to help offset the costs of fishing.  I was very impatient, and worked and prayed very hard.  My question to God was when?  Well when, when got here it scared me to death.  My thoughts were brought on by Satan saying you can’t do it.  So I prayed.  I said God now what do I do?  I have to produce?  What if I fail?  God said,  do you not trust me?  You ask for this I gave it to you now hold up your end.  You are ready.

As my professional life grew, my  personal life was not in good shape.  My wife at the time and I split up and divorced.  This turned out to be one of the best things for personal growth that has happened to me.  God and I are closer,  and I am a better person.  The mirror one is forced to look into in a time of change like this is a blessing.  While never an easy undertaking it is what had to happen for the next steps God had for me.  I never saw it coming.  I was never dating seriously again, but if I did I had pre requisites.  Well October of last year God says ol’ boy she does exist, and here she is.  She wanted nothing to do with me, and I don’t blame her but over next few months of phone conversations, and me sure she would  not date me we went out.  The draw was undeniable.  She was Christian, driven, educated, funny, had a good career, and beautiful.  We are getting Married in October and I am ecstatic.  My life is better than it has ever been and it is overwhelming to look at all the things that have unfolded to get me here.  God makes all things work together for our good my friends.

I have been blessed by so many things in my life.  An amazing son, good health, a good career, I am marring a woman I did not think was in existence. I have been on mountain tops and in valleys low.  I have learned to trust God and Listen to God in both and in between.  One of my best blessings however is you all.  The folks who read what I write, and Gods will to use me for the growth of His Kingdom.  I also get to help you all catch fish, and I love that.  So thank you for reading,  thank you for your prayers and support.  I welcome any questions you may have as this is merely the tip of the iceberg.  If I can help you in anyway please let me know.

Good Luck and God Bless

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Barren River Lake Pays Off Again

It was overcast and rain was in the forecast.  I met Brian Dillon (pictured above) at Barren Outdoors to try and get on some fish.  We loaded Brian’s equipment in the boat and  headed out.  About 10 miles from the ramp is started pouring.  We waited the main storm out then launched.

I had an idea of where I wanted to go so after a short run we marked some fish and started after them.  The fish were suspended as I had figured they may be.  The trick was getting them to bite.   It didn’t take very long thanks to good weather conditions to get things going. These fish had been eating shad and were all fat,  the bait of choice was a lipless crank bait. The fish were about 20 feet deep.  So we just counted the bait down and pulled through the fish.

After we got this part figured out I wanted to check another theory.  We moved to a different area.  This theory also produced, just not as well.  I am in preparation of a couple of tournaments in September.  I am on a pattern that I feel will be key at that time.  To be ready then you have to fish where they are going to be not where they are.

 

What does that even mean?  Well it is simple.  As the length of daylight hours shorten and the water temperature starts to fall bass will begin the migration back up creeks.  A lot like the spring when they transition for spawn.  These fish use routes,  the routes need to have a few key things to them.  Food, shelter, and deep water close by is a plus.  The bass will have a huge appetite and will feed up for winter.  So if you can locate the fish in deep water and think where will they go when they move, you develop a game plan.  To fish where they are going to be one would test out by seeing if any fish are present. If they are that means there is food and shelter there.  While right now they may not be the “right fish” those fish will eventually be there on their way to the fall feeding grounds.  I just hope at the time of the tournaments that is where they will be!  Now I have the knowledge of where these fish are now.  I can follow them if I stay persistent.

 

Bass are 20 feet deep on the main lake.  These guys can be difficult to get fired up.  Crank baits and Carolina rigged Z Man 4 inch TRD worms (these guys are very buoyant) worked well.  Finesse is also a great option now.  Drop shot and shaky head.  Slow it down and don’t over work the baits.

 

Hybrids have slowed down a bit still trolling between the islands.

 

Crappie are in 15 to 18 feet of water near brush.  Live minnows is best.

 

Thank all of you for reading!

 

Good luck and God Bless!

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Slow Down and Listen

Hello my friends.  I hope all is well with each of you.  It has been another hard week of fishing in southern Kentucky.  Hopefully these cooler nights will make some changes take place on the water.  The only thing we can tell our selves is the fall feed is coming.

When the fishing gets like this, a dead zone if you will persistence along with faith that it will get better are our best tools.  I look at the dog days of summer as a puzzle that can be unlocked.  Someone can catch these “uncatchable” fish, why should it not be me or you?  One big reason is the velvet lined groove we get into.  My ol monster ten inch worm killed them in August last year so it should this year too right?  Not necessarily.  Fishing pressure is a killer.  The fish see so much of the same thing they learn not to eat it.  When was the last time any of you caught a fish that didn’t have some hook holes already?

With those things in mind, I have really been working on my finesse game.  Drop shot I am comfortable with, NED rigs I am comfortable with, and of course the shaky head I love.  Here is where I fall a bit short.  Being still.  It is so hard me to let a bait soak.  Our natural tendency when we feel the urgency of getting a bite I think is to speed up.  I have to constantly tell my self SLOW DOWN.  Letting these baits set and letting the current move them slightly is where they will shine.  I think we can overwork a bait if we aren’t careful.  remember natural is always a good thing and a reaction bite is not always going to be the case.  So the fish this time of year are screaming fir us to be still.

 

God also asks us to be still.  I personally have been in situations where I wanted to hear from Him, and He was silent.  I had prayed, read, fasted done all the things a person does when you seek God and his will.  With a few major exceptions.  I was not still.  I was not patient.  I wanted an answer right now, so much in fact that I could not slow down and listen.  No reply is an answer, and Gods answer was to slow down.  Be still and know that He is Lord.  God will teach us, and convict us.  We have to be able to slow down and let it soak in.

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Photos by the very talented Leslie Kidd

Fishing report for Barren River Lake

 

Bass are scattered at best.  No good fish to speak of are being caught.  The night bite is not on either.  The fish are suspending and seem to be most active between first light and 9 am.  Without a doubt finesse is the ticket.  Be prepared I have talked to a lot of good fishermen this week all have said the same thing,  its dead.  One or two bites is what they are getting.

 

Crappie are starting to do better.  They are 15 to 18 ft deep on brush.  Live bait is the ticket.

 

Blue Gill are good on bluffs if all else fails go get you some crickets folks!

 

Catfish are on flats and long points, cut bait is preferred.

 

Hybrids can still be found around the islands.

 

Good Luck and God Bless!

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Reader Photos Rippin Lips on Barren River Lake KY

I would like to thank all of you who have sent in photos!  It is great to get to see my advise put to use.  The last folks who sent in a photo was Nick Carey and his Family.  They had a great day on Barren River Lake catching some hybrids and bluegills.

Anyone who would like to share please contact me and we will get them posted!image

The old farm pond!

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Fishing for God’s Will

Hello folks I hope all is well with you, and the dog days of summer have not gotten you frustrated. I spent today with Leslie, which is always a pleasure, in the Word, and on and off in Prayer. After dinner I went to the pond to work on my finesse game. I absolutely do not like finesse fishing. I love pitching a jig and breaking jaws. My will always tends to gravitate to power fishing. However our will isn’t always what is best for us. On or off the lake. Sometimes to produce the fruit that is best in our lives we have to get out of our comfort zone. This is particularly hard for me. To admit a change is necessary, a weakness or a fault is hard. However loosing a tournament or not producing for Gods will is way more detramental to us. I caught fish tonight in a way that is not parrticurly fun for me, now catching fish is always fun. The old fairy wand simply bores me, but I caught fish. God is this way with us. He has worked on me spiritually and professionally today. Through seeking him he shown me his will and has gotten me past a huge road block that I had no idea was even a road block. I talk all the time about fishing to your confidence and I still believe you should. However don’t let that stop you from trying a new technique and don’t let it keep you from trusting it will produce as well or better. We must always be adaptive. Willing to learn, and willing to fail while learning. It starts for me by looking in the mirror. Examine truly where are my weak points as a fisherman and a Christian. Then working to make them better. It is a struggle I admit. But if we are struggling that means we are reaching for something better, that we have not given up. If at first you don’t succeed you got to try and try again. Failure is not defeat, it’s a stepping stone towards growth.

Now let’s talk about the fish.

Bass are still hard to pattern. Finesse is the most effective style right now. Drop shots and the bigger NED rigs are producing. You can stop in at Barren Outdoors and Todd can put you on the right one. Also don’t forget the Skeleton Cup no entry fee tournament is September 30 this year. You can get with me or Todd Logsdon for details.

Hybrids are still being caught around the islands. Live bait is best.

Crappie are in brush about 12 feet deep. Bobby Garland jigs and live minnows are good. Also under the lights at night is producing.

Catfish are good at night cut bait works well. Or Liver.

I hope all of you are well. I hope all of you catch some fish this weekend.
God Bless!

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Kentucky Fishing and Moon Phases

We have all experienced it.  That unbelievable magical seemingly achievable day on the water.  That  day when every cast you make is perfect and you can’t seem to do anything wrong.  The moon and stars line up and you catch fish after fish.  This is that outdoor high we all reach for.  It is the experience if we are lucky enough to experience that keeps us coming back for more and more.  It is why we spend so much time and money on the sort we all love.

 

I want to tell you all about my magical day.  It was about 17 years ago on the Green River in Mammoth Cave National Park.  I went with my Step Father in his boat.  We put in at Houchens Ferry in Brownsville KY and went up stream.  We had made this trip numerous times and always had a good day.

It was a fall morning the leaves were beginning to fall into the river.  It was overcast and very pleasant temperature wise.  There are a lot of down trees and current so I rtied on a single blade spinner bait in a chartreuse color.  We ran a few miles up and began our drift back.  I cast to the trees and began working the bait back to the boat.  Within a few casts I found a lay down that was a little different angle than all the others.  I cast to it and when I pulled the bait over it I stopped it and let it helicopter down so to speak.  Bam a solid three pound fish inhaled the bait.  I got her in and made another cast and bam a book end same deal almost the same fish.  I looked at my Step Dad and  said I think I found a pattern lets see what happens.  Over the next hour we caught fish after fish after fish.  It was the most amazing day I have experienced in my life.  We caught over one hundred two to three pound fish in just over an hour.  Then something changed the wind picked up.  The temperature dropped fast.  A fall cold front pushed in and the fish stopped eating.  God had flipped the switch off.  I did not get another bite the rest of the day as the temperature dropped and a drizzle moved in we left the water.

I can only hope that God will bless me again with a day like this one.  What I learned from this day is probably one of the best lessons I have learned as a fisherman.  prefrontal conditions good post frontal bad.  Now could I have caught more fish now that I understand what to do?  I think would like to think so but it is tough to get them to eat post front.  I sure would like to try it again!

 

The reason I am writing this article is one of you all ask me to. Mr. Nick Carey  I would like to thank you for asking about moon phases, and for the request of an article on them.  These are strictly my opinions.  I did some research that back up my thoughts, information Mr Joe Bucher provided on the fish he has recorded since the late seventies back up my opinion.  He has a great piece written about moon phases as well.

So many fishing publications have a moon phase calendar in them.  I am very guilty of looking at therm and thinking is there any thing to this, as I am sure many of you do. The answer is yes and no.  I know way to choose a side Josh, but it is the truth.  I will say the minor feed major feed times are a bunch of mularky.  I would never look at a solar lunar chart to plan a fishing trip. The best time to go is when you can go!  As I said above the weather, pre-frontal, post frontal is what I would worry more about.

So where does moon phases come in?  It comes in when the sun rises,  and when it sets.  When the Moon Rises and sets.  We have about a ninety minute window on each of these risings and settings where fish will be more active, .  Also on the full moon, the first day it is full then the next three to five days fish tend to be more active.  The same goes for the new moon.   These moons also effect spawns which could explain the increase in predator activity.

In closing I hope this will help you to trudge through the rats nest of moon phases.  I like to use the term K.I.S.S. in many scenarios and I think it fits here.  Keep It Simple Stupid.  I have to say that to myself a lot of times in fishing and in life.  Fish when you can.  Take a loved one with you.  Watch the weather, but don’t let it stop you.  It all goes back to confidence.  If you believe the moon phases will make you catch more fish, you will catch more fish. You will not be as foccused and you will be easily discouraged when you lack confidence.  Have confidence in your abilities, your timing, and God you will be Blessed I promise.

God Bless you all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Lake Turn Over Effects Fishing

How the Lake Turn Over Affects Fishing

 

I had a request from a reader to do a lake turn over article. I was glad to get the request but must admit this something I knew very little about. Like all fishermen I knew about the turn over and had a general idea.  It is when the water from the surface gets cooler than the water under it making it denser and it sinks bringing the warmer water from underneath to the surface.  I have seen fish kills happen in ponds when this happens.  I know when it occurs fishing on Barren River Lake gets tuff.  Also from now until the end of September we will all blame a bad fishing day on “the lake must be trying to turn over.”  The actual factors of barometric pressure, fishing pressure, water temperature, and wind seem to take a back seat. In my research I learned quite a few things and hope this will help.

Starting in the spring and over the course of the summer, surface waters absorb a lot of the sun’s energy and can heat extensively, causing them to become quite buoyant.  Winds and storms can cause some mixing and do add some oxygen; atmospheric oxygen is added by the air-water interaction to the oxygen produced within the water by aquatic plants.  But there is too much difference in temperature between the surface water and that at depth to allow for complete mixing of all the water in the lake.  Because of the density-temperature relationship, many lakes in temperate climates tend to stratify, that is, they separate into distinct layers.  The middle layer, known as the thermocline, acts as an effective barrier to any mixing of the deeper waters.  Toward the end of summer, the deep water becomes quite depleted of oxygen because no mixing has taken place.

As the days get shorter and cooler, and energy is transported away from/out of the lake, mixing becomes easier.  The cooler water (with a higher oxygen content) at the surface begins to sink into and through the thermocline, forcing warmer and less dense water to the surface, eventually erasing the temperature stratification built up over the summer.  At some point, the majority of the water in the lake reaches an approximately uniform temperature.  Now, storms and sustained high winds can begin to perform the task of overturning and mixing all of the water in the lake — referred to as fall turnover.  The deep water contains an abundance of decaying matter and sulfurous gases; when it reaches the surface, it produces a telltale odor that indicates the process has begun.  Eventually the turnover mixes fresh oxygen into the entire lake mass, replenishing the deep waters with the life-giving stuff and cleansing the sulfurous fumes from the water, allowing fish to return to the depths where they will spend the winter months.

 

How this affects fishing on Barren River Lake is a large column of water devoid of oxygen moves to the surface, causing the fish to shut down and search for more oxygenated water. In most cases it is a gradual breakdown of the thermocline, so if the lake has turned over and the fish don’t seem to be where they were back off and look a bit deeper as the water with oxygen has become more dense as it cools and sunk to the bottom.

I do think as the water heats up in the summer the fish try to find a cooler spot, they will be in or near the thermocline. That is why the fishing is a bit easier up the river where there is some current and cooler water.  We all know suspended fish on the main lake can be hard to catch. The turnover is a huge change to the fish’s habitat and opens up a new world of previously oxygen depleted water which makes the fish move.  The good news is, post turn over fall fishing patterns begin to start up and great fishing is just around the corner.

I have referenced R. Karl for some of the scientific information I used. He has a very in depth article on thermoclines, water freezing and turn over at http://onthelake.net/fishing/turnover.htm

I have learned a great deal researching this article.  I hope this helps you all catch more fish and understand what is going on during the turn over.  One thing to watch is your depth finder.  Once you know what to look for you can determine where the thermocline is and if it is starting to dissipate.  This will help in finding fish.

 

 

Good luck and God Bless!

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Kentucky Fishing

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I have enjoyed fishing my entire life.  Growing up in Kentucky the outdoors has always been where I would go to be centered.  I always dreamed of a job in the fishing industry, but had no support and no idea how limitless the industry can be.  I began a journey of competitive bass fishing, and continue down that path.  During my walk I began to write about my experiences and was blessed to have a few platforms to share them.  My passion, my calling is to help people catch more fish,  whether you are a beginner or a veteran angler I want to help you.  I have gained some sponsors along the way who are amazing. It is in counsel with them, my family, and through prayer that I have decided to start my own blog.  I hope you all enjoy it and if you have questions or comments please feel free to contact me.  God Bless You. april 14 ky bass

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The Dog Days are Here.

Hello friends.  Sorry it has been a while since I have written.  Things have sure changed on Barren River Lake since my last article.  We have went from an abundant amount of fish being caught to, just a few.  Oh we are picking up a few here and there but it has been a struggle.  To the point at times I ask myself why, then I get a bite and I remember.  0034

On Thursday the water temperature was a balmy 91 degrees.  I set out after work to try and put a few in the boat.  I ran to a spot I felt confident would be holding a fish. It was holding some I took a few bites, and broke one off but that was it.  I then decided to go look for a school.  I knew a spot that should hold some and I graphed a small school.  They were holding about 15 feet deep.  I also noticed a thermocline beginning to develop about 17 feet deep. I threw deep crank baits, shaky heads, jigs, and I finally ended up with a Carolina rig.  I got bit but no one really ate.  I honestly feel like the fish were hitting the sinker.

I have talked to a bunch of fishermen and they all seem to be having the same situation.  They find some deep fish but just can’t get them to fire up.  However I have heard, but not seen, some guys are picking up a few fish in 6 to 8 feet of water on main lake points.  They are throwing 3xd Strike King crank baits to get on these fish.0067

 

Blue gill can be found on bluffs with crickets.

crappie at night under lights

 

hybrid between the islands trolling with live shad

 

catfish on flats and points live cut bait is great.

I hope this report finds you all well and your live wells full!

God Bless,

Josh