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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good luck and God Bless.