Its Called Baggage Because We Carry It

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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. 


PSALMS37:4-14

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.
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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,

Josh

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

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!

 

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.

Now lets talk some fishing.IMG_0108

 

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.