April Fools fishin'

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By Shelton Young

Our Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers April Fool's Day Tournament on Green River was interesting.
At our 8 a.m. launch, the weather was a little cooler than it's been and it was overcast. As the day progressed it got just plain nasty looking.
A dark wall cloud moved in bringing a steady wind and some small rollers. It actually got to the point that John and I found an open spot at the state dock, pulled in under a roofed slip, tied off and waited to see what was going to happen.
And, other than a few scattered sprinkles, what happened was the storm blew around us.
Soon as it passed the sun popped out, the sky cleared and the temperature picked back up about 10 degrees.
Course this is April so there's nothing that should surprise us weather wise.
The lake level seemed to be just above winter pool with the water temperature averaging out at around 60 degrees.
So what pattern(s) worked.
Well, John and I were on a musky pattern. Three muskies, which we couldn't count, and one bass, which did count, put us in seventh place, out of 11 boats.
In first, with a nice bag of 13.24 pounds was the team of Tom Mattingly and Mike Warford. Mike also had the day's big bass with a nice largemouth of 4.96 pounds.
All their bass were caught on purple worms. I think they were 10-inch purple worms with ribbon tails.
Throwing jigs all day got the team of Stacy Benningfield and Joe Hickey second place. Their total weight was 11.95 pounds.
I don't know what they were throwing but Donald Hafley and Cole Hafley brought in 9.24 pounds for third.
Our next tournament was originally scheduled for Liberty Lake in Casey County. But, due to some "fee" issues there we've moved that April 22 tournament to Willisburg. My notes say it's an 8 a.m. launch time.
April 7 and 8 will be the dates of the Spring Wild Turkey Youth Season.
Then, the big boys start their season on April 14 with it lasting until May 6.
My grandson Miller and his cousin Will Myers both took turkeys at Fort Knox over last weekends special hunt.
From the pictures I saw, they were a happy crew of hunters.
On April 13, the Gorley Trail will have a re-dedication. The 3.2-mile trail has been "cleaned and cleared" and all the walking bridges have been rebuilt.
This is a great hike for pleasure or burning off some extra calories. Beautiful scenery, with an opportunity to see ducks, geese, beavers, maybe an eagle await the hiker.
I, for one, can do a 3.2 mile nature hike much easier than "x" number of laps around anything.
Come out to the noon ceremony and maybe take a lap on the trail.
April 14-15 is also the chamber's Farm, Home and Garden Show. There'll be a lot of stuff to look at, purchase, and participate in.
I'm putting on a pitchin'/flippin' game that I'll go into detail about next week.
Well, I guess that's it for this week.
Get out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. Stay safe and I'll see ya next week.