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.

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