Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers, Puddle Jumpers are combined

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By Shelton Young



The Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers and Puddle Jumpers met Sunday to discuss the 2011 season.
It was decided that this year we’re combining the Mid-Kentucky and Puddle Jumpers. We’ll fish both “small” and “big lakes,” having two tournaments on each of the following: Green River Lake, Taylorsville Lake, Fagan Branch, Springfield Reservoir, Salem Lake and Willisburg Lake.
This will give us a total of 12 tournaments, not counting a two-day “classic.”
Our first outing will be a Cabin Fever Open Tournament on Fagan Branch, Sunday, March 13. Launch is at 9 a.m. with a 3 p.m. weigh-in.
Fees have been reduced to $20 per angler with $5 going to the club and $15 to payout. The payout pot will be split 50/30/20 for first, second and third places.
Big Bass pot is $5 per boat with the winner collecting 100 percent of that pot.
Our 2011 schedule is: March 13, Fagan Branch, 4 a.m.-3 p.m.; March 27, Salem Lake, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; April 10, Green River, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Ramp 1; May 1, Willisburg, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 22, Springfield, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 12, Taylorsville, 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Possum Ridge; June 26, Salem, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; July 9, Green River (night) 5 p.m.-1 a.m., Ramp 1; July 30, Willisburg (night), 6 p.m.-midnight; Aug. 14, Springfield, 6 a.m.-noon; Aug. 28, Taylorsville, 6 a.m.-2-p.m. at Possum Ridge; Sept. 18, Ham Days open at Fagan Branch, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Oct. 1-2, Mid-Kentucky Classic, locations and times to be announced.
It may take a little while but the schedule and new rules will be on our website. Links, AOY point standings, message boards and other stuff will also be available at www.MidKYBass.com.
It’s shaping up to be a good year, so come on out and give us a try.
There’s a tournament on Barren River March 26 to benefit Cystic Fibrosis. The entry fee is $50 per boat with a first place payout of $1,000 and big bass of $500. Total payouts will amount to $2,500.
This tournament is fairly close, has a low entry fee, high payout and is for a good cause. Try to get out and support this cause.
There’s an open tournament for “Kids with Cancer” April 2 on Green River launching out of Ramp 1 at 8 a.m.
Contact William Rector at (270) 789-8596 or email him at peterbilt450@yahoo.com.
Unfortunately for some of us, the 2011 Farm, Home and Garden Show is that same weekend.
Since Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers, Fishing For Kids and the Marion County Sportsman Club will have a booth(s), there some of us won’t be able to fish.
In preparation for the upcoming season, I’ve started my pre-tournament/season check-off list.
First, which I’ve already done, was the disassembly of my reels. All the old oil and grease was removed. Metal parts were polished with jewelers rouge then everything was oiled with Hot Sauce (reel oil) and reassembled.
And, they all worked!
The line was removed from all the reels before they were taken apart, then new line was re-spooled; 10-pound test mono on reels that’ll be used for crank baits. Fluorocarbon for jig and worm in 20-pound test.
Mine sort of goes like this–mono for baits with multiple hooks, fluorocarbon for baits with one hook and braid on the reels for frogs and pitchin/flipin. You use whatever you want.
Word of caution: Fishing line has a shelf life of about a year. So, if you buy cheap or “on sale” line be careful. It may not be much better than what you already have!
I also spray my lines down with a conditioner like Blakemores or KVD Line Conditioner. It really helps take the memory (spring) out of line. Do not use conditioner on braid.
Rods get a good cleaning with soap and water. Then run cotton through the guides. Any cracks/abrasions will cause the cotton to hang. Guides that hang cotton should be replaced.
Lures will be sorted by color, running depth and use. Hooks will be sharpened or replaced as needed.
Spinner bait blades will be polished and skirts checked/replaced as necessary.
After everything is sorted make a list of stuff you need to restock. Make purchases only “from the list” to avoid impulse purchases.
Okay, I’m not kidding anyone, purchase your list items, then go crazy!
As for your trailer: Check your tires, brakes (if equipped), bearings, lights, bunks, chains, tie-downs, winch/strap, and hitch!
Anything needing to be repaired or replaced, do it now.
The B.A.S.S. Classic is Feb. 18-20. Go to bassmaster.com for coverage. You are “supposed” to be able to pick it up on one of the ESPN channels too.
A swap meet coming up Sept. 26 in Taylorsville. It’s at 404 Garrad Street, starting at 7 a.m.
Picked up a couple of Carrot Stix Wild Rods at Bass Pro Shop in Clarksville. Had one before but sent it back because the handle was top-small. The Wild series has a long grip and really fits my hand.
Seems to cast really well. Now all I need to do is hook a bass to really judge it.
And, as always, I get nothing from the company. And, as always, I wish I did!
I 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!