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Outdoors

  • Good lady gone

     For several years now Barb Batcher at the Enterprise has been taking care of me!

    Ya see, I write the old-school way … a legal pad and a No. 2 lead pencil. So, every week, after I finish writing my thousand words (give or take a few), I slide it through the slot at the Enterprise office.

  • Mostly good weekend for the outdoorsman

     This past weekend was good and bad. Bad in that I missed going to the outdoor expo in Adair County. Good in that I got to attend the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet/Fundraiser in Centre Square.

    The report I received indicated that the expo was a huge success … aside from the fact that I didn’t win the four-wheeler they gave away!

    What I heard was simply “if it had anything to do with outdoors, it was there.”

  • Keep yourself busy with a weekend full of activities

     Coming up this Saturday, Aug. 2, we have a regular cornucopia of outdoor stuff to consider.

    First — by time line, not importance — is the Outdoorsman Expo in Adair County. The high school location provides enough space for a “mega” event.

    They’ll have just about everything for the outdoors. You can find mounted deer heads, see how they’re scored, and the last I heard, have your head scored! (That’s your deer’s head, not yours.)

  • Heavyweight

    It’s not too difficult to notice that Kerry Overfelt, a former Loretto resident, works out. 

    In fact, the man of brawn may have some of the biggest arms you’ve ever seen outside of Hollywood movies. But while he is a man of might, you may be surprised to learn that he wears pink socks and a kilt quite regularly.

    Don’t laugh. Those socks are just flair to make him stand out, although he may not need to — his reputation is already impressive.

  • On the road to becoming a ‘pro’ fisherman

     First, I want to congratulate my semi-pro bass fishing friend Matthew Mattingly on his Big Bass and Top 20 finish at a recent BFL, bass fishing tournament, on Old Hickory Lake.

    I’m pretty sure that one of these days, fairly soon I hope, you’ll be reading about Matthew fishing as a full-time touring pro.

  • 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.