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!

What an Amazing Year!

Well folks Christmas is behind us now, things should slowly return to normal.  Families and loved ones are headed back home. The gifts are handed out and left overs abound!  Now as the new year rapidly approaches we have time to do some reflecting on what a year it has been.  photo5

The first thing that comes to my mind about this year and there are many is Leslie.  Leslie and I went on our first date about this time last year.  I was instantly smitten with her beauty, abundance of life, Love of God, and the way that light just always seems to follow and attach to her.  As we grew closer, the man who thought he had things figured out was shown a different path.  God showed up big.  I prayed every night for months that if she was not the person God had for me for Him to take her away.  To the point that God said enough Josh she is mine and I want to give her to you.  She is an inspiration, she strengthens me and she is a gift to all who are Blessed enough to know her. photo6

Secondly is my amazing son.  Lane is another amazing child of God.  He always has my back.  Lane blesses me in so many ways.  His talent is such a blessing to so many people.  His faith is strong and he truly loves people.  I know God has big plans for this young man, and am excited to see them come to life.  I have to remind myself when Lane does something bone headed that he is only 15, and he is growing.  I pray he continues to grow and learns from his mistakes.  He has a huge heart and it will serve him well.photo4

Professionally It has been an epic ride.  While taking classes at WKU, fishing, working at PJ’S College, it has been a busy year.  I will finish my HR classes in May at WKU.  I am proud to have that under my belt.  I have been made Director of West KY Fishers of Men.  I have caught a lot of fish and met a lot of great people on the water.  Just recently I was named CAO of PJ’S College Glasgow.  Hard work, great guidance and Prayer work.

This year I have grown spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.  What more could any person ask for.  I have been abundantly Blessed.  I have great friends and family.  I have an amazing son and wife.  My career is going great.  I am humbled and overwhelmed by this year as a whole.  Mountain tops are sure nice to be on and I am enjoying it. It is a reminder to me how our strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.  Sometimes that wait can be long, I promise it is worth it, and I praise God for both.  We can not grow without some growing pains.  God makes all things work together for our good.  I look forward to 2018 and where He leads we will follow.  Thank You all for reading. I hope 2017 was better to you than it was me.  I pray that 2018 is even better for you.imageimageimageimage

 

Now lets talk about Lake Cumberland.  My friend Ross Anglin and I hit the water with my dear old Dad a couple of weeks ago.  We had a drizzly great time.  The weather was damp cold and overcast.  Absolutely perfect for a winter time trip.

We headed out before daylight in Glasgow.  We had a great trip over catching up, cutting up and a lot of laughter.  We met my Dad and began looking for some fish.  The fish were there pretty soon I had one hooked which got tangled in cover and I broke it off.  Ross missed a couple early on.  Then we got on them.  Ross is pictured above with his personal best spotted bass.  Ross had a grand slam that day.  He caught spotted bass, largemouth, crappie and catfish.  We kept the crappie I think we ended up with 8 big crappie, a few spots, two cats, and a largemouth. The bite stopped around lunch time so we headed out got some lunch and headed home.

We had an amazing trip and look forward to hitting it agin soon.  The colder the water gets the better the fishing will get.  If you get a chance to try them I encourage it.

All the fish were holding deep.  At least 30 feet down.  I caution you if you are not keeping the fish you should know how to fizz them before you go.  We used NED rigs, silver buddy, and live minnows.  They were all around wood cover in deep water.  also watch for feeding birds they can sure be helpful in finding some fish.IMG_3421

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

 

 

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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