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I finally got a good weather day to go turkey hunting. And, as it worked out, my friend Colton Nolin was able to go also.
We met up at 5:30 a.m. and headed for the world’s biggest turkey blind.
Upon arrival we set decoys and settled in. Our first call was immediately answered by a gobble! This was going to be a good day.
In short order, a hen showed up and eyeballed our decoys. We figured we were hidden pretty good when she acted like we weren’t even there.
After she pecked around several minutes she fed on out of sight.
Then three does jumped a boundary fence, walked toward the decoys, fed for a while, stared in our direction then slowly disappeared into the tree line.
After another hen came in, fed around for a while, and some more does showed up, then left, we decided that going for breakfast seemed like a good idea.
On the way out, we saw more does!
After eating, we checked another farm.
Game seen: one turkey, moving quickly away, and two coyotes, moving out even faster.
Total count: six deer, three hens and two coyotes. Total taken: well, at least the weather was nice!
Sunday the weather wasn’t so nice. Our Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers met at Willisburg Lake for a 7 a.m. blast-off but due to a storm delayed our start to 8 a.m., pending the absence of the lightening.
By 8 a.m. all we had was wind and occasional periods of rain.
John and I were fishing a cove when John asked about the water temperature. He then announced he was using his “post spawn” pattern and started pitching a brown jig.
All I could do was laugh. John asked what was so funny?
My response: “John, you’re pitching a brown jig. That’s what you do pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn.”
Then I noted that pitching a brown jig was also his spring, summer and fall pattern!
John’s response: “So!”
About then a bass hit his jig…I tied on a brown jig and started pitchin’ it!
Since our launch was delayed an hour we backed our weigh-in up to 2 p.m.
At the weigh-in we learned Joe Hickey and Stacey Benningfield had taken big bass honors with a fish weighing 3-pounds, 15.2-ounces. This, with the rest of their bag, gave them a total of 10-pounds, 2.2-ounces, which was good for first place.
Stacey even showed us what they’d been caught on…they’d pitched a brown jig all day!
In second place, with a bass of 4-pounds, 1.2-ounces was the team of Brad Taylor and Danny Marcum.
Fishing by himself, and finishing in third, with a bass of 2-pounds, 7.2-ounces was Nathen McDonald.
Our next Mid-Kentucky Bass Angler tournament will be at the Springfield Reservoir on May 22.
Also coming up in May is the opening of frog season, which is May 20.
Remember, if you gig them you need a fishing license. If you shoot them a hunting license is required.
On May 31, we have the opening of the spring squirrel season. I’ve never tried the spring season. Might have to look into that.
On a personal note, my Pop turns 94 on May 17. I hope to make it that far and be as mentally sharp as he is.
Heck, I’d like to be as sharp as he is now!
Guess that’s it for now. Get out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. Stay safe and I’ll see ya next week!