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.

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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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!

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!

Barren River Lake Fishing Report 8-2-17

As another weekend rapidly approaches the fishing at on Barren River Lake continues to be hit or miss.  High pressure last weekend made for some tuff conditions.  I hit the water with the talented Leslie Kidd of Leslie Kidd photography to do some much needed photos.  The fish were few, and far between.  Downsizing has been the trick for bass.  drop shoting has produced some good catches as of late, and the bigger NED rig as well.  When conditions get like this it is never bad idea to throw the Carolina Rig either.

I have been blessed to pick up a couple more sponsors over the last few days Jackall and Power Pro line. The flick shake worm is a killer drop shot bait and in a green pumpkin color is hard to beat on Barren.  I am excited about our new venture and hope you folks all check them out.

http://www.jackall-lures.com/  http://www.powerpro.com/

 

Also The GLoomis cup date is set for September 30th on Barren river Lake this is a free tournament with great pay outs.  For more information you can contact Todd at Barren Outdoors in Glasgow KY. (270)629-4867 Or you can call or text me @ (270)590-4725.

 

Bass can still be caught on the main lake points and on bluffs.  Drop shots, plastic worms, Carolina Rigs, and Jigs are all producing.

 

Hybrids are still doing good between the islands Live shad or shiners are best.

 

Crappie are doing well at night under lights.  Good numbers are being caught on live minnows.

As always thank you all for reading! Good Luck and God Bless!

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Barren River Lake Fishing Report 8-2-17

As another weekend rapidly approaches the fishing at on Barren River Lake continues to be hit or miss.  High pressure last weekend made for some tuff conditions.  I hit the water with the talented Leslie Kidd of Leslie Kidd photography to do some much needed photos.  The fish were few, and far between.  Downsizing has been the trick for bass.  drop shoting has produced some good catches as of late, and the bigger NED rig as well.  When conditions get like this it is never bad idea to throw the Carolina Rig either.

I have been blessed to pick up a couple more sponsors over the last few days Jackall and Power Pro line. The flick shake worm is a killer drop shot bait and in a green pumpkin color is hard to beat on Barren.  I am excited about our new venture and hope you folks all check them out.

http://www.jackall-lures.com/  http://www.powerpro.com/

 

Also The GLoomis cup date is set for September 30th on Barren river Lake this is a free tournament with great pay outs.  For more information you can contact Todd at Barren Outdoors in Glasgow KY. (270)629-4867 Or you can call or text me @ (270)590-4725.

 

Bass can still be caught on the main lake points and on bluffs.  Drop shots, plastic worms, Carolina Rigs, and Jigs are all producing.

 

Hybrids are still doing good between the islands Live shad or shiners are best.

 

Crappie are doing well at night under lights.  Good numbers are being caught on live minnows.

As always thank you all for reading! Good Luck and God Bless!

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