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.

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 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.

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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.

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Fresh water, salt water. We love them both.

Happy Monday.  I hope everyone was safe in the snow this morning.  Winter just will not let go this year.  I for one am ready for warm days and setting around a fire at night while the lightning bugs and kadie dids put on a show. (I am sure I misspelled kadie did but y’all know what I am talking about)  Some 9 P.M. sunsets cat fish at the pond, and the smell of sunscreen mixed with bug spray.

As many of you already know Leslie and I just had the opportunity to go down to FL.  While there I got to mark off some bucket list items.  A bass in the 10 pound range, my first saltwater fishing trip,  my first shark, my first tilapia, and my first alligator in the wild. 172FE130-DE4D-4D12-B2E3-C6559F56F661

I believe it was the first morning there I headed out.  The lake was a small private lake on Leslie’s Aunts property.  I had fished it a little in the fall but not as extensively as I wanted.  The early bite was on a zoom speed worm texas rigged and swam.  It proved very effective and I caught a ton of 2 to 5 pound fish.  Then I was out of worms.  I tried a yum dinger next.  I caught a few dinks on it so I changed it up.  9A639A4A-7C27-487A-B4D9-8B397CC2543E

I had a gold, red eye shad, I decided to give it a throw.  On the second cast it stopped.  A good five pound fish had engulfed it.  I thought now we are on to something.  These are the fish I want. As I worked around the small lake, which is in a wetland protection program.  I cast next to and past a reed that was standing alone.  I had discovered there was a line of old reeds that were under water but almost created a reef type structure the fish were relating to that hump. On one side the water was deeper and shallow on the other.  This is where the big girl was.  She hit and I knew she was a good one.  However she did not feel any bigger than the five pound fish I had been catching.  Then she tried to jump, that is right i said tried.  Her head looked like a five gallon bucket and her eyes did not even get out of the water.  Well I started talking to God.  I think we have all been there if we fish please let me get this monster in.  There was wood and weeds and all kinds of cover.  I got her in clamped my hand in her mouth and hoisted her out of the water.  I was shaking like a leaf the adreninlin was pumping I had a moment akin to Mike Icconeli.  I got her to the house for the photo, and she was released.  He stomach was huge I could barely get my hand under enought to support her.AC7811A5-7236-4D05-ADE7-378AA38647F8

It was an amazing morning on the water to say the least.

 

One afternoon we were getting ready to go out.  I decided to walk down to the water and make a few casts.  I hung into a fish and thought I had another huge bas for a few minutes.  Then I saw its side.1A6A8B0B-3F47-436A-92E2-BB6CFC3BA567

I promise I had washed this shirt!  It was a tilapia,  We were not sure what it was at first.  did some research and that is what we came up with.  These guys are fun to catch too.  They were mostly on the beds and hard to entice.  Sure not like bed fishing bass cause I tried them.

The next to last night Sheri and I went out shark fishing.  It was a great time.  We lost a rod and broke the other.  I sure did not expect these salt water fish to be so strong!  B04F18AC-C728-43F8-B0CB-473FCD04DBE7

We hit the bonnet heads and some cat fish.  I will for sure be on that peer the first night I get to go back down there.

The fishing was amazing no doubt.  It was a great time we visited, we relaxed, we sat on the beach and prayed.  Sometimes stepping out of what we are normally doing is exactly what we need.  It can set the stage for tremendous things.  We must work, we must strive, but we also must stop and smell the roses.  While I am blessed to get to consider a trip to FL fishing a work trip, it was also some much needed time of reflection and rest.  It does not have to be a trip to FL it can be a trip to the creek on the back of the farm, but I think it is very important for people to get these moments of solitude, moments when we are reminded how small we are and how great God is.

1 John 4:4 New International Version (NIV)

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.D3E0EFD3-22BD-424B-AD8B-B5CE9A59E615

So please if this long winter has you down, know that the spring is coming.  Thank you all for reading.

Good luck and God Bless.

Knowing Gods Plan

Rest on Gods plan for you

I was in m thirties whens Gods plan became evident to me.  God has a way of waiting until we are ready to receive His instructions.  Then sometimes his instructions are just a stepping stone to the next phase in his grand scheme.  In our journey we are often attacked.  We are attacked by fear, then by people who don’t support our journey.  Often it can be a close person in our life, who thinks its crazy.  History proves that Gods plan often seems crazy to the world, then in hind sight we say oh yes I knew that was right.

I am very Blessed as I know where God is leading me right now.  I do not think it is by any means the end of my journey but I know it is my next step.  I will rest on the knowledge of Gods promises to me.  I find comfort in them. Romans 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  I know where God is leading me and I know it will not always be easy.  I am determined to see it through, and I find comfort that God will provide for me while I labor toward it.21538D9F-1536-4228-9076-B0EE6841DEAF

How do we know Gods plan?  That is a hard question but  one you need to ask yourself.  It can be as simple as being a disciple to someone you work with.  Showing kindness to a stranger.  Things we take for granted every day.  I find myself ignoring the day to day ways God uses me sometimes.  It is convicting when I catch myself doing so.  I lay in bed at night with my wife. We spend time together in prayer.  Thanking God for our day our safety our family and our opportunities we have been offered to help.  We pray for our short comings, our future and finances.  We pray for Gods will to be shown to us.  We both believe that if we put God first in everything, then everything else falls into place.  So the real answer to the question is to be still and rest on the promise, that God has a plan for you.1A6A8B0B-3F47-436A-92E2-BB6CFC3BA567

That being said one can not simply wait all the time.  It is a marathon, that takes training, and sweat, and hard work.  Start by praying, reading, getting out of your own head.   Go do something for someone else.  Go to church, seek wise counsel.  Proverbs 11:14Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.  If you are struggling with your path seek knowledgable people and ask questions.  The only dumb question os the one you don’t ask.

I have included photos from Florida. Leslie and I were blessed to get a chance to go spend time in the warm sun, catching my personal best.  Close to a 10 pound 27 inch large mouth bass.  I also got to catch a tilapia, and my first shark.  I saw my first wild alligator.  I saw God everywhere from the sunsets to the nice people I got to spend my time with.

God is always in control.  We just have to move our will out of the way, and seek His.  I pray everyday to be pleasing to God.  I know I fall short we all do, that doesn’t mean we are not good enough.  It means we are human. Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. So lets rest on Gods promises, and follow where He leads us.  May God richly Bless all of you.  Thank you all for reading.

The Carp and the Duck

Well it is cold and rainy.  It was a perfect day to stay in.  We got up, ate breakfast, went to church, picked up Lane and laid around.  I have not been fishing.  I don’t have a report for you all so I think I will just tell a fishing tale.

I was blessed to have so many outdoorsmen and women in my life.  I spent much of my youth in the woods or near water.  I think a lot of folks in this area have been blessed in the same way.  I want to talk a little about Conley Bottom.  For those of you familiar with Lake Cumberland most of you will know where Conley Bottom is.  It is situated in Wayne County KY, my uncle Ralph Thornton and I spent days and days there.  We would fish for blue gill near a big willow tree off to the left of the dock, between the dock and the campground.  We caught tons of fish around that tree and we sure ate a bunch of them.

A typical trip would begin early. Monk, as we lovingly called uncle Ralph Thornton,  would show up, we would load up and drive to Louie’s bait shop.  We would pick up a snack, a canned Gatorade apiece some worms and head out.  Monk drove a 1978 red Chevrolet Chevette which was garage kept and still in great shape when I left for WKU.  He would load his old fiberglass rods paired with old green Johnson reels.  The reels were religiously spooled with Stren Mono clear blue florescent.  We would tie a number 2 gold crappie hook on, a split shot, and a bobber.  We would be set up to fill a stringer.

I remember him always cautioning me to watch for snakes, while I never wanted to get bit I would have liked to see one.  I would play in the rocks and in the edge of the water.  Looking for any type of critters I could find.  A water dog or a crawfish was always an exciting find.  I fished a lot too.  Monk never was the be still, be quiet kind of a fisherman.  He understood I was a kid and loved the wonderment a child can bring to an outdoor adventure.  He let me reel every fish he caught in.  He would let me hold the fish and examine the fish.  He also had me help in the cleaning process.  I would stand in a chair and scale while he did the knife work.  We would do dissections and have lessons on what parts did what.

I hung into a huge carp one day.  It ran and pulled up and down the bank. I walked, Monk coached.  My brother had caught a big carp once and I wanted to beat him.  After a long battle it broke the line.  I was very upset, Monk tried to calm me down by saying we could not eat it any way.  I did not care about eating that thing I wanted to brag about it.  This carp taught me not to force a fish, it was the first big fish I had a hold of.  The next lesson the carp taught me was not about fishing, it was about Mothers.  It just so happened there was a mother duck and a bunch of babies on the bank up from where I lost the fish.  I wanted to sneak up on them and catch a baby duck.  Monk said thats not a good idea but go for it.  (thinking it would swim off)  I sneaked up and as I got closer I made my move.  All the ducks made a move for the water one little duck tripped and i scooped it up.  It of course went crazy peeping.  Here comes momma duck and she was out for blood.  I threw the little duck in the water and ran.  She gave a little chase but once she learned the baby was fine she went back in the water with the babies.  Monk laughed, I cried.  Mommas will sure protect their babies.  I remember talking to Monk about not wanting to hurt the little duck I just wanted to pet it.  He told me no matter your intention that Mother duck did not know, she just did what came natural.  Her response to the her baby being in possible danger.

Life is much like that duck situation.  Sometimes we set out with good intention and end up hurting someone.  It is times like that we need to lean on grace, and prayer.  Like that duck, people can be reactive and protective if they feel threatened.  I think it is inevitable as a human to sometimes fall short.  I have found if we own up to our short comings with honesty and humility it helps people find the grace they need.  Another thing is when we feel threatened or wronged, we should be willing to offer grace and love to those who have wronged us.  When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment?  He said Love the Lord God with all your heart.  And love your neighbor as you love yourself.  The reply to Jesus was something like but who is my neighbor?  Jesus said the real question is, are you a good neighbor?  Mathew 22:34-36

This is just the tip of the iceberg on the things I learned about life in the outdoors.  I will share more of them with you all as time goes by.  I hope this reminds you of someone in your life.  Ralph Thornton was the most Christ-Like man I ever knew.  He loved people, he worked hard and prayed harder.  His faith was as big as this great country.  He was solid and honest.  Just plain and simple the best man I ever knew.

Thanks for taking the time to let me share bits of my life with you all.  Good Luck and God Bless.  image