God Had a Plan For Me

Good evening folks I hope everyone is doing well.  We have had some wet weather as of late in the Barren River Lake area.  It truly makes my heart go out to the folks in Texas.  Also the folks in Florida as another hurricane bares down on our great country.  I was in class this week and my professor has ask us to write a speech about ourselves.  It made me think.  Many of you do not know anything about me other than I love to fish and help people catch more fish.

I guess the best place is to start at the begining.  I am from Monticello KY.  Monticello is a beautiful place. It is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains.  With cold streams with trout to beautful lakes teeming with small mouth and other great fish.  It is closer to Lake Cumberland but is within a rocks throw of Dale Hollow.  Not to mention numerous farm ponds.

My Father taught Diesel mechanics at KY Tech.  My Mother ran a beauty shop out 0of our home.  Together the our family had a large farm producing soy beans, corn, beef, pork, tobacco, and Tennessee Walking Horses.  As a child i spent a lot of time in the woods and on the water, outdoors was always a huge part of family life.  We fished all the time my Uncle Ralph Thornton took us at least once a week when we were not in school.  My memories of early childhood are full of the great times we had on and near the water.  I had many other folks who took me fishing my parents grandparents and cousins we were simply a fishing family.

Sometime around third grade, my parents lost their farm, and consequently their marriage failed.  I along with my Mother moved to Los Angeles California.  That my friends was an absolute culture shock.  I was not a very happy camper at this time, however it is when my Faith began to really develop.  I put my Faith in God that he had a plan and that all this upheaval was for a reason.  Church was always a part of our family and all were Christians.  This strong base in Christ pulled me through this difficult time.

We moved back to KY after a brief stint in CA.  Once we moved back things for young Josh didn’t get much easier.  I eventually moved in with my Great Uncle Ralph Thornton who we affectionately called “Monk”.  Monk,  was a very devout Christian and would only miss church for a fishing trip.  He said “Jesus loves fishermen” and he reckoned God would understand.  We worked the garden, mowed the yard he had a few acres with some cows and chickens to help with food.  I eventually saved a bought myself a horse, I was around 12 at this time.

Monk fed my love of the outdoors.  Having a guardian who grew up during the depression in rural KY it was simply his way of life.  He hunted and fished to provide food and recreation for the family.  He also helped grow my strength as a Christian.  He never forced us to go to church but made it available.  He trusted prayer and example to lead us to the light.  His trust was founded and he was the most Christ-like person I have ever known.  The foundation of who I am has a lot to do with the prayer, example, and work he put in.

Fast forward a few years.  I am a young man trying to find my path in life.  Thinking as most young men do, that I had everything figured out.  I moved to Glasgow with my mother and enrolled at WKU.  I always wanted to fish and hunt.  However everyone said you can’t make a living doing that.  I believed them, unfortunately.  However I do believe that my path had to go the way it did to get me ready for the next step.  As I said God had a plan.  So I flunked out of WKU my freshman year met a girl and decided it was time to get married.

We wed and went to work.  The daily struggles of life working minimum wage and maximum hours to scrape by.  It was a grind.  Hard work prayer and perseverance pay off.  We eventually got better jobs and a house.  I always kept going back to I am supposed to fish.  I did fish for fun quite a bit.  I never had the opportunity to tournament fish.  I thought about it but was really scared to try.  I know now it just wasn’t the right time.  God was building something in me.

Fast forward a few more years.  I now have a son who is such a fine young man, one of my greatest blessings. I also now have a pretty good boat.  Through church God put a man named Ross Anglin in my life.  God knew what he was doing.  Ross moved here from TX to become the youth minister at Crossland Community Church in Glasgow KY.  Ross loved to fish and we became fast friends and pretty soon fished my first tournament.  We got second or third that night, and I was addicted to tournament fishing.  My focus became bass,  I ate breathed and lived it.  I was obsessed.  God reviewed to me yes you can do this you can make money in the outdoor industry.

I answered Gods call.  I prayed and fished and He gave me the tools I needed to be successful.  I am very Blessed to have great sponsors it is absolutely a God thing.  As I have said He had a plan.  I started seeing this plan coming together.  I prayed for sponsors to help offset the costs of fishing.  I was very impatient, and worked and prayed very hard.  My question to God was when?  Well when, when got here it scared me to death.  My thoughts were brought on by Satan saying you can’t do it.  So I prayed.  I said God now what do I do?  I have to produce?  What if I fail?  God said,  do you not trust me?  You ask for this I gave it to you now hold up your end.  You are ready.

As my professional life grew, my  personal life was not in good shape.  My wife at the time and I split up and divorced.  This turned out to be one of the best things for personal growth that has happened to me.  God and I are closer,  and I am a better person.  The mirror one is forced to look into in a time of change like this is a blessing.  While never an easy undertaking it is what had to happen for the next steps God had for me.  I never saw it coming.  I was never dating seriously again, but if I did I had pre requisites.  Well October of last year God says ol’ boy she does exist, and here she is.  She wanted nothing to do with me, and I don’t blame her but over next few months of phone conversations, and me sure she would  not date me we went out.  The draw was undeniable.  She was Christian, driven, educated, funny, had a good career, and beautiful.  We are getting Married in October and I am ecstatic.  My life is better than it has ever been and it is overwhelming to look at all the things that have unfolded to get me here.  God makes all things work together for our good my friends.

I have been blessed by so many things in my life.  An amazing son, good health, a good career, I am marring a woman I did not think was in existence. I have been on mountain tops and in valleys low.  I have learned to trust God and Listen to God in both and in between.  One of my best blessings however is you all.  The folks who read what I write, and Gods will to use me for the growth of His Kingdom.  I also get to help you all catch fish, and I love that.  So thank you for reading,  thank you for your prayers and support.  I welcome any questions you may have as this is merely the tip of the iceberg.  If I can help you in anyway please let me know.

Good Luck and God Bless

Barren River Lake Pays Off Again

It was overcast and rain was in the forecast.  I met Brian Dillon (pictured above) at Barren Outdoors to try and get on some fish.  We loaded Brian’s equipment in the boat and  headed out.  About 10 miles from the ramp is started pouring.  We waited the main storm out then launched.

I had an idea of where I wanted to go so after a short run we marked some fish and started after them.  The fish were suspended as I had figured they may be.  The trick was getting them to bite.   It didn’t take very long thanks to good weather conditions to get things going. These fish had been eating shad and were all fat,  the bait of choice was a lipless crank bait. The fish were about 20 feet deep.  So we just counted the bait down and pulled through the fish.

After we got this part figured out I wanted to check another theory.  We moved to a different area.  This theory also produced, just not as well.  I am in preparation of a couple of tournaments in September.  I am on a pattern that I feel will be key at that time.  To be ready then you have to fish where they are going to be not where they are.

 

What does that even mean?  Well it is simple.  As the length of daylight hours shorten and the water temperature starts to fall bass will begin the migration back up creeks.  A lot like the spring when they transition for spawn.  These fish use routes,  the routes need to have a few key things to them.  Food, shelter, and deep water close by is a plus.  The bass will have a huge appetite and will feed up for winter.  So if you can locate the fish in deep water and think where will they go when they move, you develop a game plan.  To fish where they are going to be one would test out by seeing if any fish are present. If they are that means there is food and shelter there.  While right now they may not be the “right fish” those fish will eventually be there on their way to the fall feeding grounds.  I just hope at the time of the tournaments that is where they will be!  Now I have the knowledge of where these fish are now.  I can follow them if I stay persistent.

 

Bass are 20 feet deep on the main lake.  These guys can be difficult to get fired up.  Crank baits and Carolina rigged Z Man 4 inch TRD worms (these guys are very buoyant) worked well.  Finesse is also a great option now.  Drop shot and shaky head.  Slow it down and don’t over work the baits.

 

Hybrids have slowed down a bit still trolling between the islands.

 

Crappie are in 15 to 18 feet of water near brush.  Live minnows is best.

 

Thank all of you for reading!

 

Good luck and God Bless!

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Slow Down and Listen

Hello my friends.  I hope all is well with each of you.  It has been another hard week of fishing in southern Kentucky.  Hopefully these cooler nights will make some changes take place on the water.  The only thing we can tell our selves is the fall feed is coming.

When the fishing gets like this, a dead zone if you will persistence along with faith that it will get better are our best tools.  I look at the dog days of summer as a puzzle that can be unlocked.  Someone can catch these “uncatchable” fish, why should it not be me or you?  One big reason is the velvet lined groove we get into.  My ol monster ten inch worm killed them in August last year so it should this year too right?  Not necessarily.  Fishing pressure is a killer.  The fish see so much of the same thing they learn not to eat it.  When was the last time any of you caught a fish that didn’t have some hook holes already?

With those things in mind, I have really been working on my finesse game.  Drop shot I am comfortable with, NED rigs I am comfortable with, and of course the shaky head I love.  Here is where I fall a bit short.  Being still.  It is so hard me to let a bait soak.  Our natural tendency when we feel the urgency of getting a bite I think is to speed up.  I have to constantly tell my self SLOW DOWN.  Letting these baits set and letting the current move them slightly is where they will shine.  I think we can overwork a bait if we aren’t careful.  remember natural is always a good thing and a reaction bite is not always going to be the case.  So the fish this time of year are screaming fir us to be still.

 

God also asks us to be still.  I personally have been in situations where I wanted to hear from Him, and He was silent.  I had prayed, read, fasted done all the things a person does when you seek God and his will.  With a few major exceptions.  I was not still.  I was not patient.  I wanted an answer right now, so much in fact that I could not slow down and listen.  No reply is an answer, and Gods answer was to slow down.  Be still and know that He is Lord.  God will teach us, and convict us.  We have to be able to slow down and let it soak in.

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Photos by the very talented Leslie Kidd

Fishing report for Barren River Lake

 

Bass are scattered at best.  No good fish to speak of are being caught.  The night bite is not on either.  The fish are suspending and seem to be most active between first light and 9 am.  Without a doubt finesse is the ticket.  Be prepared I have talked to a lot of good fishermen this week all have said the same thing,  its dead.  One or two bites is what they are getting.

 

Crappie are starting to do better.  They are 15 to 18 ft deep on brush.  Live bait is the ticket.

 

Blue Gill are good on bluffs if all else fails go get you some crickets folks!

 

Catfish are on flats and long points, cut bait is preferred.

 

Hybrids can still be found around the islands.

 

Good Luck and God Bless!

Fishing for God’s Will

Hello folks I hope all is well with you, and the dog days of summer have not gotten you frustrated. I spent today with Leslie, which is always a pleasure, in the Word, and on and off in Prayer. After dinner I went to the pond to work on my finesse game. I absolutely do not like finesse fishing. I love pitching a jig and breaking jaws. My will always tends to gravitate to power fishing. However our will isn’t always what is best for us. On or off the lake. Sometimes to produce the fruit that is best in our lives we have to get out of our comfort zone. This is particularly hard for me. To admit a change is necessary, a weakness or a fault is hard. However loosing a tournament or not producing for Gods will is way more detramental to us. I caught fish tonight in a way that is not parrticurly fun for me, now catching fish is always fun. The old fairy wand simply bores me, but I caught fish. God is this way with us. He has worked on me spiritually and professionally today. Through seeking him he shown me his will and has gotten me past a huge road block that I had no idea was even a road block. I talk all the time about fishing to your confidence and I still believe you should. However don’t let that stop you from trying a new technique and don’t let it keep you from trusting it will produce as well or better. We must always be adaptive. Willing to learn, and willing to fail while learning. It starts for me by looking in the mirror. Examine truly where are my weak points as a fisherman and a Christian. Then working to make them better. It is a struggle I admit. But if we are struggling that means we are reaching for something better, that we have not given up. If at first you don’t succeed you got to try and try again. Failure is not defeat, it’s a stepping stone towards growth.

Now let’s talk about the fish.

Bass are still hard to pattern. Finesse is the most effective style right now. Drop shots and the bigger NED rigs are producing. You can stop in at Barren Outdoors and Todd can put you on the right one. Also don’t forget the Skeleton Cup no entry fee tournament is September 30 this year. You can get with me or Todd Logsdon for details.

Hybrids are still being caught around the islands. Live bait is best.

Crappie are in brush about 12 feet deep. Bobby Garland jigs and live minnows are good. Also under the lights at night is producing.

Catfish are good at night cut bait works well. Or Liver.

I hope all of you are well. I hope all of you catch some fish this weekend.
God Bless!

Kentucky Fishing and Moon Phases

We have all experienced it.  That unbelievable magical seemingly achievable day on the water.  That  day when every cast you make is perfect and you can’t seem to do anything wrong.  The moon and stars line up and you catch fish after fish.  This is that outdoor high we all reach for.  It is the experience if we are lucky enough to experience that keeps us coming back for more and more.  It is why we spend so much time and money on the sort we all love.

 

I want to tell you all about my magical day.  It was about 17 years ago on the Green River in Mammoth Cave National Park.  I went with my Step Father in his boat.  We put in at Houchens Ferry in Brownsville KY and went up stream.  We had made this trip numerous times and always had a good day.

It was a fall morning the leaves were beginning to fall into the river.  It was overcast and very pleasant temperature wise.  There are a lot of down trees and current so I rtied on a single blade spinner bait in a chartreuse color.  We ran a few miles up and began our drift back.  I cast to the trees and began working the bait back to the boat.  Within a few casts I found a lay down that was a little different angle than all the others.  I cast to it and when I pulled the bait over it I stopped it and let it helicopter down so to speak.  Bam a solid three pound fish inhaled the bait.  I got her in and made another cast and bam a book end same deal almost the same fish.  I looked at my Step Dad and  said I think I found a pattern lets see what happens.  Over the next hour we caught fish after fish after fish.  It was the most amazing day I have experienced in my life.  We caught over one hundred two to three pound fish in just over an hour.  Then something changed the wind picked up.  The temperature dropped fast.  A fall cold front pushed in and the fish stopped eating.  God had flipped the switch off.  I did not get another bite the rest of the day as the temperature dropped and a drizzle moved in we left the water.

I can only hope that God will bless me again with a day like this one.  What I learned from this day is probably one of the best lessons I have learned as a fisherman.  prefrontal conditions good post frontal bad.  Now could I have caught more fish now that I understand what to do?  I think would like to think so but it is tough to get them to eat post front.  I sure would like to try it again!

 

The reason I am writing this article is one of you all ask me to. Mr. Nick Carey  I would like to thank you for asking about moon phases, and for the request of an article on them.  These are strictly my opinions.  I did some research that back up my thoughts, information Mr Joe Bucher provided on the fish he has recorded since the late seventies back up my opinion.  He has a great piece written about moon phases as well.

So many fishing publications have a moon phase calendar in them.  I am very guilty of looking at therm and thinking is there any thing to this, as I am sure many of you do. The answer is yes and no.  I know way to choose a side Josh, but it is the truth.  I will say the minor feed major feed times are a bunch of mularky.  I would never look at a solar lunar chart to plan a fishing trip. The best time to go is when you can go!  As I said above the weather, pre-frontal, post frontal is what I would worry more about.

So where does moon phases come in?  It comes in when the sun rises,  and when it sets.  When the Moon Rises and sets.  We have about a ninety minute window on each of these risings and settings where fish will be more active, .  Also on the full moon, the first day it is full then the next three to five days fish tend to be more active.  The same goes for the new moon.   These moons also effect spawns which could explain the increase in predator activity.

In closing I hope this will help you to trudge through the rats nest of moon phases.  I like to use the term K.I.S.S. in many scenarios and I think it fits here.  Keep It Simple Stupid.  I have to say that to myself a lot of times in fishing and in life.  Fish when you can.  Take a loved one with you.  Watch the weather, but don’t let it stop you.  It all goes back to confidence.  If you believe the moon phases will make you catch more fish, you will catch more fish. You will not be as foccused and you will be easily discouraged when you lack confidence.  Have confidence in your abilities, your timing, and God you will be Blessed I promise.

God Bless you all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barren River Lake Fishing Report 8-2-17

As another weekend rapidly approaches the fishing at on Barren River Lake continues to be hit or miss.  High pressure last weekend made for some tuff conditions.  I hit the water with the talented Leslie Kidd of Leslie Kidd photography to do some much needed photos.  The fish were few, and far between.  Downsizing has been the trick for bass.  drop shoting has produced some good catches as of late, and the bigger NED rig as well.  When conditions get like this it is never bad idea to throw the Carolina Rig either.

I have been blessed to pick up a couple more sponsors over the last few days Jackall and Power Pro line. The flick shake worm is a killer drop shot bait and in a green pumpkin color is hard to beat on Barren.  I am excited about our new venture and hope you folks all check them out.

http://www.jackall-lures.com/  http://www.powerpro.com/

 

Also The GLoomis cup date is set for September 30th on Barren river Lake this is a free tournament with great pay outs.  For more information you can contact Todd at Barren Outdoors in Glasgow KY. (270)629-4867 Or you can call or text me @ (270)590-4725.

 

Bass can still be caught on the main lake points and on bluffs.  Drop shots, plastic worms, Carolina Rigs, and Jigs are all producing.

 

Hybrids are still doing good between the islands Live shad or shiners are best.

 

Crappie are doing well at night under lights.  Good numbers are being caught on live minnows.

As always thank you all for reading! Good Luck and God Bless!

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Barren River Lake Fishing Report 8-2-17

As another weekend rapidly approaches the fishing at on Barren River Lake continues to be hit or miss.  High pressure last weekend made for some tuff conditions.  I hit the water with the talented Leslie Kidd of Leslie Kidd photography to do some much needed photos.  The fish were few, and far between.  Downsizing has been the trick for bass.  drop shoting has produced some good catches as of late, and the bigger NED rig as well.  When conditions get like this it is never bad idea to throw the Carolina Rig either.

I have been blessed to pick up a couple more sponsors over the last few days Jackall and Power Pro line. The flick shake worm is a killer drop shot bait and in a green pumpkin color is hard to beat on Barren.  I am excited about our new venture and hope you folks all check them out.

http://www.jackall-lures.com/  http://www.powerpro.com/

 

Also The GLoomis cup date is set for September 30th on Barren river Lake this is a free tournament with great pay outs.  For more information you can contact Todd at Barren Outdoors in Glasgow KY. (270)629-4867 Or you can call or text me @ (270)590-4725.

 

Bass can still be caught on the main lake points and on bluffs.  Drop shots, plastic worms, Carolina Rigs, and Jigs are all producing.

 

Hybrids are still doing good between the islands Live shad or shiners are best.

 

Crappie are doing well at night under lights.  Good numbers are being caught on live minnows.

As always thank you all for reading! Good Luck and God Bless!

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