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.

Barren River Lake is on FIRE! 5-30-18

Hello friends!  I must say this has been the best two weeks I have had on Barren River Lake in 10 years.  The bass are on point.  It is akin to the good ol days.  I have no idea what the difference is this May but I am sure glad it is here.

 

I can’t help but wonder if the high water this spring which caused the lake to be tough had an effect on the fish.  They were more scattered and that made the pressure seem less.  Now that the water is down the fish are in their normal pattern, but they just seem eager to eat.  For me the days of catching a boat full of fish had seemed a thing of the past.  But me and a few of my readers are all seeing the same trend.  Good size and good numbers!6A801C93-7296-474C-92BE-47D8868F5B00

So what are those green guys doing?  They are on transition banks close to pockets or coves.  Where the channel begins to move away from the bluff.  This pattern should hold through this week I believe.  Once you dial it in you should catch 3 to 4 fish off each little area.  It is a small portion of the bank these fish are relating to.  You just fish it until you start dialing it in.  Soft plastics Texas rigged os the trick.  Fish your confidence color and it should work.

Mark Towe, is in the feature image up top.  He boated some chunks over the weekend.  He told me it was his best day on the lake so far.  Ross Anglin, above has also boated some chunks the last two weeks. How about that Fishers of Men cap Ross, Thanks for the support! Eric Price, below has really been on them as well.9F30E650-5779-4BAC-9AC9-9E612B2698C1

Fishers of Men has a tournament on Nolin on the 9th of June we would sure love to see you all come out!  We are on Barren on the 30th of June.  Weigh in will be at three for each event.  send me an email or call for more information.3C18C486-D461-4A9C-B905-43D878D4F2A5

Catfish have been good as well.  Good numbers are being caught on live worms in coves.  Soon they will be moving to the rock walls, crickets on pop eye jigs are the ticket for that.  Go see Todd at Barren Outdoors he can put you on the right stuff.  Don’t forget you can park at the bridges and fish that rip raff the same way, the catfish will be there too.

Some hybrid are being caught trolling in the channels.  Live shad is best.

 

Blue Gills are everywhere right now.  Get some crickets and you should fill a basket up!

 

It is with a heavy heart that I let you all know, my friend Eddie Goode lost his daughter over the weekend in a car accident.  I ask that you all Pray for the family.  Eddie and his family love to fish and love Jesus, and are a blessing to all who know them.

 

In closing I want to thank my Sponsors, Barren Outdoors, GLoomis, Shimano, Jakal, Power Pro Lines, and Freddie’s Dugout.  If you all enjoy reading these reports, please give these folks some support, without them this could not happen.  I also want to send a shout out to Fishers of Men tournament trail.  If you guys want to be involved with a great organization check them out.

Good Luck and God Bless!

 

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.

Barren River Lake Fishing Report 4-15-18

Come on in boys the water is fine.  We had a brief break in the weather this week.  Warm sunshine was a welcome sight to south central KY.  Spring is coming on strong, and the spawn is going to come with it.  Fishing has been strange this year.  A lot of rain, and cold and snow has caused the fish to be a bit different than years past.

With changing conditions our ability to adapt is what separates the folks who catch and those who do not.  Water rises, water drops.  Cold fronts come through and lead to high sky’s.  Fish still eat.  We just have to find a way to get them to.  The thing to remeber is 90 percent of the fish will be in ten percent of the water.  The key os to find the water they are in right?

In short the answer is yes.  But when we are in a tournament situation finding fish is one thing, finding the right fish is another.  I have found fish and knew they were not the right ones.  After all a bunch of 14 inch fish won’t get you a check right?  Well in KY anyway…  I love catching a lot of fish,  numbers equal a good day.  But on tournament day I really want a solid limit of the right fish, and if I can find a kicker I feel very confident that I will get a check.

So this brings is to seasonal patterns.  Seasonal patterns are a must for any fisherman to understand.  No matter what you are after you have to have a general idea where the fish should be.  When they move up creeks or back out.  If they are staging on points leading into spawning areas. Or have they moved into pockets.  Or are we following them back out?  These things are all to be taken into consideration before one hits the water.  Once we are there the work of figuring out the puzzle begins.  Some weeks I think I am a fish catching machine that can’t go wrong, others I feel like I could not catch a fish with dynamite.  I think all tournament anglers go through these ups and downs.  It can really effect your game because you start scrambling and fishing to fast, or confidence drops and you are now in a slump.

Once we locate some fish we have to figure out what they are doing.  What are the eating?  If they are shallow what is the color of them have they just came up?  Are they short males.  If so are the females still holding back deeper.  I love to throw plastics, and jigs.  These can be hard baits to practice with of time is short.  If I think the fish are in the area I will comb it with a crank bait to cover water.  Then if I find what I think is a promising spot I may then slow down and drag a bit.

The spot on the spot.  I have honed into this a handful of times.  The last time was in a tournament last year.  I had found the fish a week earlier.  Just graphed them.  we launched about midway in the pack.  It was a short run.  We eased into the spot watching the graph the fish were still there.  Within 30 min we had a solid limit.  We kept on the fish until about 10 am.  Then I started thinking well these fish may need a break.  We went and fished a few other places and never could cull.  We came back and there was someone on the spot.  We did end up hitting it again and graphing fish but no takes.  I knew then I should stay with them,  but I over thought it and we ended up with a check.. I think had we stayed and switched up a bit instead of moving we would have made more money that day.  We had it down to where the boat had to be and the angle we pulled through the fish.  There were a ton of fish there it was just a matter of getting the school to fire back up.

So what is going on on Barren? IMG_8446

Jerk baits for bass in pockets have been good some folks are also getting bit on Lizards.IMG_0660

Hybrids are being caught on red eye shad.IMG_8475

Don & Donnie Neakarse from Frankfort IL.   Some readers who came in last week to fish.  Love hearing from you all!

 

God Bless You All.

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

Bertram Oil Comes On Board to Help FOM West KY.

Hello my friends.  I hope this finds everyone warm and safe.  I for one am ready for spring.  I intend to rush it a bit as I head to FL to get in some fishing very soon.  What a better time to catch a personal best than spawn in FL?  My lovely wife will be going with me and I also look forward to some beach time with her.

Life has sure been busy around the Morris residence.  I am not sure if any of you know my day job is working at PJ’S College of Cosmetology.  With the help of a lot of people and God I passed my cosmetology test on Monday.  I am excited to move forward in that career.  I am also taking classes at WKU. I am carrying 19 hours there ( at night.)  I apologize for not writing as often, and am excited to get back on the water so I can bring you more information.

I have some exciting news on the Fishers of Men side of things.  We have a new sponsor.   I want to thank Bertram Oil of Monticello KY for stepping in and helping bring the word to a lot of fishermen this year. I look forward to seeing how the Lord blesses people with their gifts.  I am also excited to be partnering with such a great family they are a Blessing to know.

So now to talk a bit about fishing.  I have one word, red.  Red, in my opinion is going to be especially good this spring.  I believe with the amount of cold weather we have had, the water isn’t going to heat up quite as quick.  As the fish start transitioning up toward spawning areas, they will be eating red crawfish.  What better than a big old crawfish to energize the spawn.  I think the fish will be active and plentiful this spring on Barren River Lake.  As the days lengthen i think the fish will be anxious to move but the water temperature will hold them back deeper where they will stack up and eat red crank baits.  I am getting my red baits ready to go!  I think you all should too.

In closing I want to thank you all for reading, and reaching out.  As always please like and share.  Please support our sponsors.  Links are posted on the web site.  I will have some more information soon!  Good luck and God Bless.

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.