God Will Provide

I sit down just to write a few lines tonight.  Lines about how great our God is.  Many of you know about the journey I have been on to get to this point in my life, and how God has used it.  As tournament time approaches quickly, the pressure to make sure every angler, and every person involved with Fishers of Men West KY needs are met.  I began to do something God does not want us to do.  Worry.

I worried about how to feed people.  How to reach people.  How to make sure folks enjoyed themselves, and came back with friends. Volunteers we would need, and just all that will be involved in making sure we show Christ and love in all we do. All the while I knew God would provide all I would need.  So I prayed.  I prayed very specifically for things I would be needing. I prayed for strength, wisdom, discernment.  For Gods will to be my own.  I prayed for peace on this issue. Worry is a killer folks and God tells us in Mathew 6.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 
30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The faith that God would provide lifted my worry.  I am encouraged by the Word.  As soon as I let go of the thought of control God stepped in and took the reins. That is when things started to move.
One of my personal struggles is control.  I want to be in the know.  I want to be in the drivers seat.  It makes it hard to move Josh out of the way so God can work.  This literally hit me as I am writing.  It is a lesson I always don’t see until its done.  I have no control on Gods timing.  No matter how hard I try or work until God is ready, until my fruit is ripe God will not move to the next step.  While I want to bust in the door God wants me to be patient.  Aren’t fishermen supposed to be patient?  Well when it comes to waiting on Gods timing, when I think it is time I fall short.
Today God has shown up and shown up big.  We have some new folks stepping up to help us out, and I am excited to tell you all more about how God can use each of us in different ways to bring the big picture together.  As of right now I don’t have all the information to post about our new partners.  I will be posting soon.  It just is great to see how trust in God can be rewarded.  Thanks to everyone for the prayers, and support thus far.  I look forward to the future.  I look forward to seeing how God will help us all come together in His name.  Lane at lakeIt is an exciting time of growth. May God Bless all of you, and your families.

It is Cold!

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People are upset with this cold blast of air we are dealing with in South KY.  I for one am excited to see it.  It will bring the water temperatures down and heat up the bite on Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow Lake.

A cold grey day is what I like to look for.  When the conditions and water temperature line up a person can boat some of the biggest fish of there life this time of year.  I personally look for wood cover or a slide, a lot of times the fish will really school up deep this time of year.  If you can get them fired up action can be fast and fierce.  Finding them and getting them eating at times can be frustrating. It pays to do your home work.

There are many different ways to be successful in cold water.  Live bait, NED rigs, Silver Buddy, crawling a jig, crank baits.  All will produce and all are fun.  My favorite for this time of year is the NED.  Those of you who have been reading my work have heard my NED success stories before.  For cold water it is a killer.  If its crappie you are after live minnows are almost impossible to beat this time of year.  Long lining shiners on Dale Hollow, or Cumberland with a split shot rig is a good option too.  The hot thing going now is the good old float and fly.  Both Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow offer trophy fish and this method is deadly.

You can find fish on long points, on bluffs and around fallen trees or brush.  Old slides are always good provided the wood is still there.  That is where doing your homework comes into play.  Different situations will warrant a change in technique.  So I will have a silver buddy if I think a shad die off has happened. (hint cold weather brings this on)  I would think it has hit.  If you can find where chad have been holding rip that think off the bottom and hold on.  NED is good for this too, but I usually cast open my bail and let it free fall.  Always be watching your line.   The hits will be violent and fast from bass.  Crappie can be different. I have caught them on both these baits but they tend to be a bit softer in there strike.

So in Closing I hope when this weather turns warmer you all are ready to go get them.  I welcome any questions about techniques, or what I look for.  I also hope everyone makes a resolution to fish more with their families in the new year.

(Feature picture is Jason Bean with a huge Dale Hollow Musky)  Congratulations Jason,

He caught it on 6 lb test line on a spinning rod.

Good Luck and God bless!

Fishing for Christmas Answers

With the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season it sure is easy to get caught up and neglect key things in our lives.  As Christmas rapidly approaches and renewing sponsorships crank down at the end of the year.  Lets not even think about taxes! Work commitments, shopping and meals coming up often times the real reason for the season gets pushed to the back of our minds.

The traffic in good old Glasgow KY has sure increased since Thanksgiving.  What is usually a ten minute drive is now more like 30 minutes. I know I am Blessed by such an easy commute.  I can only imagine what some of you all have to deal with.  However to us Barren County folks it can be frustrating. I have not ventured into any of the local stores in weeks.  I will have to make the trip today, but it is begrudgingly that I do so.  The boost to the local economy is a welcome site, but I had just as soon set here on the mountain like the Grinch, and grumble.

Tis also the season to see if we can get our sponsors back on board for next season.  I am very Blessed in that aspect as well.  I have the best sponsors to work with.  These folks took a chance on me and now into my third year are still with me.  I am sure proud of my sponsors.  The folks at Barren Outdoors in Glasgow are jumping on board and helping me with Fishers of Men as well.  That is where I have been putting in the most work this fall, learning and trying to grow the reach of the West Ky division.  Also the great folks at A.F. Crow and sons funeral home are helping out this year.  We also have Mark Miller Marine on board as our local Bass Cat Boats dealer. We will be adding more folks to that list very soon.  I would like to thank them all for supporting me, and Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail.  If any of you are interested in a sponsorship or helping us out in any way, or fishing with us give me a call or an email.

With more traffic and the beginning of the year on top of us at the college we have seen more traffic.  This is a good thing but often can mean more hours at the office.  It is another Blessing to have a good job and be busy.  Although it can add to the stresses of day to day this time of year.  It also provides a means for us to go buy Christmas gifts, turkeys, hams,  and other Christmas delights.  While all this is in our minds, added somewhere in the back is income taxes.  Nothing can quiet strike fear into our hearts like the dreaded IRS.  Almost like the boogie man he leers in the dark corner of our imagination to strike in the late winter and early spring. He will come and it will cost us, Ha.  Maybe I should be writing a horror film.

With all these factors, and how we tend to grumble about such menial things this time of year.  We all truly know the reason for the season is Jesus.  The complaints, the grumbles, the excuses all come from the Devil.  I know it and if you look at it you will know it.  Why would satan not attack this time of year?  Millions of people are gathering in across the world to Celebrate Jesus, the one who will stand with us against the accuser.  He hits our finances, he hits our transportation, he hits our families,  he wants us to suffer and be Grinch-like.  It takes away from the Glory God is showing.  Think of all the Angel tree kids, the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, soup kitchens, and countless other ways people help out this time of year.  All in the name of Jesus.  We need to proclaim it all in the name of Jesus, and when we get to feeling these frustrations turn to Prayer and Praise instead of anger and curse words.  I am as guilty as anyone.  I have a tendency to grumble about how commercialized and consumer driven Christmas has become.  I think Jesus would scoff at me for this.  The money I spend never was mine anyway.  Without Jesus providing I couldn’t have it to complain about.  Without Jesus providing family and friends we complain about “dealing” with we would be alone.  Without Love where would we be?  Christmas time calls for a bit more Grace at times but slow down folks enjoy it.  Pour yourself out and fill back up with Jesus.  Yes it takes effort a times, I promise it will be worth it.  For Me to increase I must decrease, and make Jesus number 1. John 4:4 says You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  My friend Jason Brooks has this tatted on his arm.  This verse has so much power in it for us.  It has became one of my favorites.  april 14 ky bass

In closing today, I hope each of you have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!  I Pray each of you are safe, warm and happy this Christmas.  I am very thankful for all of you who read, share and reach out.  God Bless you and Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

 

Fishing report for Barren River Lake

Its been cold this week.  That is good for us!  The crappie have been really eating.  Live bait in wood about 10 to 15 feet deep.

Channel Catfish have been caught in good numbers.  Mud points throw live shad in the channel and wait.

Bass have been doing pretty good on jigs, they are a but scattered, I like bluffs but some nice ones have been caught on flats and points lately.

My next trip will be Lake Cumberland I hope to have you a nice report there soon.

Good Luck and God Bless!Lane at lake

Fishers of Men

A few years ago I began a journey.  Well I guess that journey started a long time ago.  Fishing has been a huge part of my life as all of you know by now.  This journey however really jumped into motion when I began fishing with Ross Anglen.  Ross is absolutely one of the best outdoorsmen I know.  Ross introduced me to competitive bass fishing.  I was hooked instantly.  The rush of the blast off to the exhilaration of putting good fish in the boat during a tournament, lets face it thats what keeps hoards of people coming back and what drives a multi-billion dollar industry.  Anyone can compete and anyone can win, and there is nothing else on earth like it.

This journey led me to a calling.  I felt I was supposed to have some sort of ministry through fishing.  A way to bring bass fishermen to Christ. I had no clue what that would look like.  Over the years Ross pulled away from competing,but we have remained and will rmain dear friends.  Ross helped me grow as fisherman and as a Christian.  Ross prayed for me and has probably known longer than I have a way was being made for me.

So as time goes on this year to be exact, I had a tough year on the water.  I just could not build any momentum.  In competitive fishing momentum is important because of confidence.  If you start strong your confidence is boosted and you fish much better.  You don’t second guess anything.  So with the lumps I took this year I trudged into the final tournament of the year thinking it may be my last.  I had lost some of the drive for tournament fishing that I had.  I made a great showing in that last tournament.  It is a good way to end a year for sure.  Going into next year I had decided I would fish some but not as much.

Then here comes God.  I have had so many blessings through fishing. Sponsors, great folks I have met, these articles, and all the people who have reached out and I have enjoyed helping to catch fish.  A few weeks ago I got approached by the Fishers of Men tournament trail about being a director.  I instantly got excited and scared.  I was not sure if this was right or if I wanted it for reasons that were fleshy. I began to pray.  I talked with my family, and finally I called Ross.  Ross said he would pray but as we talked he said dude, it os a no brainer it is what you have prayed for, for years.  I needed that encouragement, so with friends and family in prayer I decided to take the position.

So now here I am.  The Director for the KY West Division of Fishers of Men Tournament trail.  I pray to God uses me to do some great things.  I pray for a place where all people are welcome, and shown love. I pray for good volunteers and sponsors.  I pray for growth. Most of us as guys don’t always enjoy the formal setting of church, we would rather be in jeans a t-shirt and a cap.  This will be a place to come have fellowship, hear Gods word, compete with some great folks, and catch some fish.  Go check out the web-site.  Look at the KY West schedule.  If you have questions let me know, and come out and fish with us!

Fishing wise we went to Dale Hollow today,  we caught one fish and it came unbuttoned.  It was beautiful out there. Water temperature was 58 degrees.  Most folks were fishing with live bait on points about 20 to 25 feet deep.

(pictured is Ross Anglen)

(top photo by Leslie Kidd Photography)

God Bless!image

And Here Come the Holidays

Hello from Barren County KY!  It has been an outdoorsman’s month here in the Bluegrass state.  Modern gun season for whitetail deer is in full swing.  Crappie are turning on.  A lot of game will be harvested over the coming weeks. I hope all of you get in on the action.

 

I think we hunt and we fish because there is a almost primal urge to do so.  For the millions of us who do these outdoor activities a bond can be formed just from the commonality of the hunt.  A brotherhood of like minded people.  We enjoy the fellowship with other outdoorsmen the discussions, understanding and support.  This is also a primal need we all have.  We all want to be accepted, we all want to feel valid, and worthy.  This fellowship of support can transcend borders, beliefs, races.  It is a beautiful thing.

 

The time spent discussing fishing, or hunting is comparable to family.  The Holidays are upon us and we all look forward to spending time with family and loved ones.  This fellowship that is also bound from commonality. The commonality of blood, the stories of the past Holidays and things only your family can understand.  Your family picks you up when you fall.  They understand your failures, and still love you in spite of your downfalls, or blindspots.  The good thing about family is you may not see a brother or a cousin for years.  When you see them you automatically go back to where you left them last.  How is this possible?  Family.

God is another way we are all brought together.  Our Church family is much like our blood family.  We have all kinds in it, yes even a Cousin Eddie from Vacation.  If you think you don’t have a cousin Eddie then he is probably you. I joke, but it is true that Gods family is made up of all kinds and all are welcome.  Just like it is important to spend time with family (even the ones who get on our nerves) it is important to spend time with our church family.  Church is not about legalistic views and rules.  It is about Jesus, the Cross and what he came for.  Just like any family you are not always going to agree with each other, there will be hurt feelings, anger all different kinds of turmoil that can happen.  Just because we are Christian does not mean we are perfect.  The only time the human element can be removed is when we all get to Heaven.  So until then lets all try our best to have respect and love for each other.  The Church family is to have like minded believers to lean on in times of trial and tribulation.   Hebrews 10:24-25

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 
25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

I am excited to extend my family a bit more.  No we aren’t having a child.  I am now the Director of the KY West Division of Fishers Of Men Tournament trail.  I look forward to spending time getting to know all of the competitors and great folks involved with this organization.  I would be glad to answer any questions any of you may have about competing or anything else.  I haver the schedule for the 2018 season posted on the Fishers of Men web site.

 

God Bless each of you.  Thank you for reading! Happy Thanksgiving.image

 

 

Want to Catch Big Crappie?

Hello folks!  I hope all is well with each of you.  I am doing great.  Lane and I went to Lake Cumberland on Monday this week.  We met up with my father and went to catch some crappie.  True to my dads’s form we were on fish almost immediately. These fish were not the fish we are used to seeing here on Barren River Lake.  The first crappie out of the water was over 17 inches long.  IMG_3307

I went thinking I would throw my trusty NED rig for some bass, preferably spotted ones.  When dad pulled the monster crappie out I changed my mind.  Minnows it was from then on.  With Lane and Dad catching the fish and I was the net man.  When you have a two pound crappie on a number four gold hook you better have a net.  Lane and his grandpa had a double at one point.  I love seeing people catch fish as much as I love catching them.  It was so much fun spending time with my dad and son.  I explore all of you to take your kids fishing, and take your parents.  Dad is in his 70s and can fish circles around me.  I learn from him every time we go out.  Lane is no slouch himself.  Lane I think gets tired of bass fishing which is my life in the warmer months.  He looks forward to this time of year.  He loves to crappie fish.  IMG_3305

We did put together a few spots before the trip was over only one real good one.  I caught two about 13 inches long they were fairly shallow about 8 feet.  The bigger a two pound fish was in about the same depth.  We cheated on these guys as we were crappie fishing.  they cam on minnows too.  The action was fast we caught around fifteen fish.  I caught one crappie which happened to be the smallest at 11 inches.  Out of shame I threw it back! Well not shame but when you have 6 over 15 inches there is no reason to keep an 11 inch fish.IMG_3315

If you want to catch a trophy crappie go to Lake Cumberland.  The numbers are not what you may find on other bodies of water.  Ten fish is a pretty good day.  Twenty fish is a great day.  When the fish are 12 to 19 inches it is worth the wait to me.  Yes Cumberland is deep, yes it is clear, yes it can be a tuff fishery.  It is worth the work, or one could hire a guide.  I may be biased as I grew up crappie fishing Cumberland, but I remember days of 60 fish that were small.  We had them.  The size limit of 10 inches which we hated, has truly paid off.  Go up and give it a try.  Good Luck and God Bless!IMG_3311

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.