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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Barren River Lake Fishing Report 7-25-17

More sweltering heat over the weekend has made it more fun to float than to fish!  staying hydrated sun blocked and safe is very important.  While the fish only know the temperature of the water, the air temperature can be a killer.  Night fishing or early morning/late evening fishing is many times more productive and not as hot this time of year.  I want to talk to you all a bit about night fishing and my favorite tactic for doing so.
Texas rigging a big soft plastic worm.  Dragging this around on main lake points old road beds brush piles even bluffs can be very productive.  One thing to remember in my opinion is to give the fish time to eat the bait.  Some folks say if you feel it they are there but I tend to believe giving them a couple seconds to get it all in their mouth helps with hook up ratios.. We have all swung and missed and pulled a half a worm back in.  A big worm takes a little extra time. I like to try and use as light a weight as possible most of the time.  I have used a big shaky head also with a 3/4 ounce head.  A lot depends on situational things, wind current, are the fish suspending. But for starters I think a bullet weight a 5/0 wide gap hook.  I use 25 lb Power Pro braid in a low vis green color, sometimes with a floro carbon leader sometimes without. For my worm and jig fishing I like the sensitivity, dependability and no stretch of the braid.  I love setting the hook and it being a solid whack. For a rod I use a 7 foot Gloomis e6x wgr ( worm Jig Rod) and pair it with a shimano curado in a high gear ratio.  I think it is important to get it back in quickly for the nexzt cast. Also I ise this combo when I flip because I want the power to get the fish out of the cover. There are a whole barrage of colors to choose from but I tend to lean toward green pumpkin and black.  I once heard a guy say you can through any color worm you want as long as its black.  That isn’t bad advice.  I hope this will encourage some of you to get out and try. Let me know how you all do.

 

Bass are still scattered a bit and can be very difficult to find.  Just be patient and comb the points you will pick some up.  Drop shot has been producing as good as anything.  Also the new bigger ned rig is doing good too.  be aware of your hook sets with these remember its not a jig!

 

 

Crappie should be found at night under lights.

 

Hybrid are still being caught around the islands at night and early in the mornings.

 

Blue Gills should be on main lake bluffs.

 

Catfish are scattered but plentiful cut bait is best.

 

 

I have received many emails, questions and comments this summer.  I thank all of you for reading.  I thank all of you for letting me know you read. May the god of Heaven Richly Bless each of you and your families.

 

Good Luck!

What a hot week we have had on Barren River Lake. As temperatures near the triple digits The night fishing bite has taken the front seat. I was able to get on the water this weekend with a reader, Mr. Mark Towe. We had a great time I was very pleased to help him learn more about the sport I love. I was reminded at how much I tend to fish “memories” it is a rut we can all find ourselves in. Drive by a tree and say my Dad caught a 6 pound fish there in 1987 so we lay the boat down and drag a jig through it. Doing this can block the potential to learn, to catch fish. This is why a lot of times we hear of new folks coming and having a great day on the water while the locals are left scratching our heads. I will treat Barren River Lake, like I never fished it before next time and not fish the spots I have in the past. Looking for new areas that may produce better. I know fishing the memories is a confidence thing but lets face it folks, its confidence in the spot not our abilities that we are showing. Trusting God can be like this. It is easy to trust God in the times that things are going well. It is when we get in a “rut” and the road gets hard that we question. Why? Why did this happen or why am I in this place right now? We have to remember that God has a plan and he is moving and working in our lives all the time. We must trust that it is all for our benefit and not just fish “memories” We have to have confidence in God and ourselves and branch out in order to grow as people and Christians. I Thank God for “ruts”, I thank God for underdtanding, I thank God for these reports and the great people I have met and talked with because of them. So Thank each of you keep the questions coming as all of you are helping to improve me. Bass have been good at night on main lake points. C-Rig and crank baits have been good. Also I have done some flipping in the early mornings way up the creeks and caught some fish on jigs and big black texas rigged worms. All of these have also worked on bluffs this week. In other words the fish are scattered. Hybrids are very active right now between the islands live shad is best. Catfish have been good on jug lines again live bait has produced best. Tight Lines folks! Good Luck and God Bless!