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Outdoors

  • No matter the lure, you need some luck

     What most amazes me about fishing is the absolute variety of lures we can use to catch bass. Not just the difference in colors, but in styles and types.

    We have “rubber” baits such as worms, creatures, grubs and, well, just about anything a bass is likely to ever encounter. With these, most of the lures action is a result of what you put into them. You can drop, lift, wiggle and shake them to cause movement so they look like something to eat or just to kill, because it aggravates or startles them.

  • New coach ready to cast off

    After nearly a year of turbulent times, Marion County High School’s bass fishing team is finally coming into fruition. A coach has been recommended for the job, and all that is left is to have him be approved by the MCHS Site-Based Decision Making council later this month. 

    His name is Jason Spalding, and he’s been fishing since he was old enough to hold a rod and crank a reel. 

  • Varmints, fish and the Fourth of July

    I hope everyone had a good and safe holiday weekend. The wife and I spent most of the weekend enjoying the festivities in Campbellsville with the Grundys.

    Campbellsville does July 4 like we do Ham Days. All in all, a fun weekend with good friends.

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  • Puddle Jumpers are ready

     While I’m thinking about it, a few weeks ago, in response to requests made, we changed our Puddle Jumper rules to allow any boat to be used. The only stipulation is that a gas engine cannot be attached to the boat. Other rules remain as stated.

    So, for those of you who wanted to fish the Puddle Jumpers, where are you?

    Our next Puddle Jumper tournament will be Saturday, July 19, on McDougal Lake in Larue County. Launch time will be at 6 a.m. with a noon weigh-in.

  • Be careful with the big bass

     I heard a very disturbing story the other day. When talking to a potential member of our Puddle Jumpers I mentioned we’d be fishing Spurlington Lake.

    The guy asked if there were any big bass left in the lake. I told him I saw an 8 to 10 pounder in the shallows last year, but didn’t catch it! Also told him one of our Puddle Jumper anglers, Michael Veatch, caught a monster out of there last year.

  • Getting deep, and deeper, about bass fishing

    Last week I wrote about deep dwelling bass and shallow bass. Apparently some people read my article cause I got comments like “That’s a bunch of crap” to “That’s what I thought too.”
    One guy asked a very simple yet complicated question. “How deep do you consider deep?”
    Well, when I fish with John, he considers water to be deep when you can’t touch bottom with your rod tip, from the edge of the boat!

  • Sidewalk Surfers

    Skateboarding conjures up many images: from Tony Hawk completing his famous 900, to the days of Dogtown and the Z-boys. One may think of long hair, rebellion, tattoos, quick wits and punk rock.

    For some, however, skateboarding is just a little bit different. 

    It’s an activity for family and friends. 

  • Look for bass in deep, shallow water

     When I went fishing the other day the lakes water was an average of 82 degrees. None of the several (how many is several?) bass I caught had bloody tails and none were unusually fat.

    What all this told me was that the spawn is over. Oh, there might be some late spawners, but I kinda doubt it!

    Summer is here! If not here, the door is open and a leg is in.

  • Kids Fishing Day went well, seriously, it did

     First off, I’d like to apologize for “making up”, OK, outright lying, so much in my article last week!

    As I said then, “When nothing much has been happening, there’s nothing much to write about.” Given this, the only alternative is to not turn anything in, or make something up to turn in. And if I don’t turn anything in, I don’t get paid! With the way the economy is running, I don’t want to give up that check.

  • Another fun weekend fishing

     My favorite two words: Early Deadline!

    Well, here goes. Saturday morning dawned clear and promised great weather. A little after 8 a.m. we were beginning to wonder. Then the kids, both young and old, started to show up.

    They were greeted by bouncies, minnow race trays, plastic bass casting game, available boat rides and of course fishing!