Floods Never Last

I hope everyone is having a good week, and I hope everyone’s thumb is as scuffed as mine! I had the opportunity to get on the water a few times over the holiday weekend. While I would go early, or late to avoid the crowd the fish were very active. With the waters back to near summer pool, the fish are back to their normal haunts.

We experienced very high waters this spring at Barren River Lake. Closed ramps, and tuff fishing caused many folks to go fish else where. Life is often like this. God uses and has used floods to impart change in His children. Lets face it folks change is the hardest thing a human can do, often times we have to be pushed to the breaking point before we change. Rock bottom if you will.

When floods come in our lives, and we move toward change it can be difficult. That is where God shows up. If we have him in our heart with the understanding that he makes all things work together for our good, then we still have joy in our time of flood. We still have peace, and confidence that everything will be ok.

Genesis 8:1 says,

“But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided.”

While seasons of change when we are in them, can be so in our faces that we can not see the forrest for the trees. I rest in the promises of God that there is a season for every thing this is just a page in the story of my life.“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)

As you walk through your trials, and are forced out of velvet lined rut remember God puts us where he needs us one way or another. While it is hard it won’t always be.

Romans 8:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

We had a great spring and fished new waters the sure was fun. Had the high waters not came we would have chugged along doing what we always do. My friends, family and I all stretched out of our comfort zones to put fish in the boat. We caught some real chunks and are excited to build on what we learned all because of a flood.

Bass: have been on fire! Its post spawn and these guys are hungry. Fry guarding is over and the fish are moving to their deep water hide outs. I am sure some are there but those late spawners are still on transition bluffs leaving areas where they would have spawned.

Me and the guys caught em!

Catfish: Are spawning . It is cricket time on Barren River Lake. Go to a bluff, take the kids some ultra light tackle, floaters, and a bucket of crickets. You will want to use pop eye jigs or small blue gill hooks. You will fill the boat with blue gills and catfish. We caught all of the above this weekend, on bass gear. They are aggressive so go get em!

Good Luck and God Bless.

Memorial Day Weekend

What a beautiful week we have had so far, with more to come this weekend. By the photos online, and all the traffic I expect it to be a busy, and fun weekend on the water for a lot of you. With all the traffic I would think early in the morning or into the night. The night bite has been good.

I would look near brush or out on points for bass. Some late fish may still be guarding fry. Also a dt 10 rapala on bluffs coming out of long coves or spawning areas should produce some fish. I love a shad color. Put your boat right against the bluff and parallel the wall. When it deflects off of cover be ready, and fish it to the boat. My PB came from this and she hit when the bait changed direction under the boat.

Catfish I think should be on bluffs or near bridges. If they are in fact there this is a fun way to fill the freezer. Popeye jigs tipped with crickets, under a float on ultra light tackle. Toss it in and wait. Be ready for a fight! Run your floater about three to four feet deep, 6 pound mono or braid line. Have pliers handy and a towel.

I am also excited to say I have partnered with WOO! tungsten It is an exciting undertaking and I look forward to a long partnership. Go check them out https://wootungsten.com/ Thank you for your support, good luck and God Bless.

Summer is Almost Here.

Folks it has been way too long since I have shared anything. Life is going amazing around the Morris house. We have been traveling and working a lot. Trying to teach Lane to drive, which is sure fun lol. He has learned a lot so be on the lookout he will soon be on the road solo.

Leslie and I have been working alot preparing for our 2020 graduating class to sign up for photos. We have started our model team for this year and are excited to work with another amazing group of young people. If they are half as good as last years team it will be a blast.

I have also been on the move for PJ’S I have been visiting a lot of other schools from NJ to LA. I have been at a lot of high school visits which is one of my favorite things to do.

Fishing has been very tough this spring on Barren River Lake. The high water just kind of messed everyone up. By the time we could get a boat in the water the fish had scattered in the shallows and no one could find any. Thankfully I am an hour away from Dale Hollow and Cumberland. So I have been fishing there.

We got on some very good chatter bait bites early and followed those fish in. Now of course they have moved back out. I will share with you what I know about the bite at Dale Hollow. The fish are out on points and a shaky head is the hot deal right now. Later afternoon into night, or early morning.

Barren River Lake last weekend fish were caught in 3 to 8 feet of water on a chatter bait, and on drop shot senkos. Down close to the old road bed by the dam. Fish were plentiful but not real big. I am hoping to spend sometime on the water this weekend and can send some more info then.

Good Luck and God Bless,

Its Called Baggage Because We Carry It


As 2019 busts into 2018 I find myself reflective on the most amazing year of my life.  The first year of marriage, to a beautiful and Godly woman.  Lane having a good year at school and beginning his journey into his career.  From working long hours, to traveling and fishing in new exciting places.  God has truly shined his favor on our family in 2018.  

While 2018 was full of huge blessings, that doesn’t mean it has been without some turbulence.  We all have moments every week when challenges can show up.  My biggest challenge this past year was fishing.  I tried a position with Fishers of Men tournament trail,  which is a great organization, only to find that I am not cut out for that job.  So after a wrestling match with myself I decided 2018 would be the only year I would hold that position.  I was blessed at each event, it boiled down to time for me.  I had over-extended myself, and found that I dreaded being near the lake.  It was a huge learning experience and I am glad I did it.  At first I felt like a failure, like all I had worked for was not what I was supposed to do. That is what satan wanted, I stopped writing I stopped fishing, I lost my drive for doing this, which is what I love.  

God always wins, persistence is the key to success.  I always tell my students, you can have one of two things.  A result, or an excuse.  I have been using an excuse the last few months when it comes to serving.  I have been carrying something God never intended for me to carry.  I think a lot of folks are carrying things into this new year that God doesn’t want us to carry.  I have learned God wants his people to be happy, he loves to Bless us.  More importantly we deserve to be happy.

2 CORINTHIANS 12:10-11

10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians

11 I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.

One big step to being happy is a Blessing to God, when we show our Faith by trusting God in times of hardship God is Glorified. 


4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. 
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. 
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. 
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. 
11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity. 
12 The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; 
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming. 
14 The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright

God doesn’t want us carrying burdens.  He asks us to lay them down.

MATHEW 11;28
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest

So for each of you who happen to read this I Pray you head into the new year, burden free carrying with you good thoughts and Gods Promises. 

Josh what about the fish?  Well to be honest I am not sure.  I have not been on the water since Black Friday.  I hear Dale Hollow is producing great.  Long Points with live bait.  I will be researching some fishing very soon and get back to helping you guys catch fish.  
Good Luck and God Bless! 

Fall is Almost Here

Hello friends, sorry it has been a while since my last post. I hope each of you have had a Blessed summer. Work has been going very well. We are very Blessed to be so busy. Lane, my son has entered the work force as a sandwich artist at Subway. The photography business is doing great. I must confess, all this hustling has sure cut into fishing in the last few weeks.

I took a morning and struck out before work last week. I met my good friend Ross Anglen at the boat ramp before daylight and we hit the water. The morning was perfect, overcast and humid. It felt like the fish should bite. We traveled way up Beaver Creek and began chunking buzz baits into the water. soon my chartreuse buzz bait disappeared into a sudden void on the surface of the water. The razor sharp hook instantly penetrated the top lip of this angry little bass. Man this little guy jumped and shook but to no avail he soon swung onto the back deck of Ross’ new boat. This fish was 14 inches of fury, he was as still shaking and swinging as i struggled to get my hand in his mouth he finned me and I ended up with the buzz bait in my thumb too, although not deep, thank goodness.That was the only hit we had up there, so we moved back out of the creek to some better looking water.

Then we found fish. It was great! I put on a texas rigged worm. Ross threw a jig. We both began picking up fish. None were huge but they were fun. I did foul hook a pretty good channel cat. The bite was strange like a blue gill, he hit I lifted did’t feel any weight, he bumped it again, again no weight. The third time he bumped I felt and there was weight. I set the hook and said he has some shoulders, Ross this is a good one… Then it rolled, I said well its not a bass. We had a good laugh at my expense and I got to hear “shoulders” from Ross the rest of the day.

We did catch some nice bass, we had a great morning. I think we both needed the time in Gods creation. No phones, no work, no pressure, just two friends in nature.
Psalms 51:10-12 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
My spirit needed the time, I needed the time. We are called to be selfless, putting all others before us. I believe that is true. I also believe the body, mind, and spirit needs time to focus on what truly is important. A God centered life, when life becomes the center a slow down is just what we need. Go somewhere you feel how massive and perfect Gods love is. For me that is on the water, or in the woods. Get out of your day to day and go find yours.
Isaiah 45:12 “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it I stretched out the heavens with My hands And I ordained all their host.”

Bass : were on wood about 8 feet deep soft plastic or a jig. We caught them early and in good numbers.

Bluegill: were close to the bass about 8 feet near rock or wood Crickets would be my choice.

Catfish: the one I caught was just off the channel on mud.

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,