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)