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Outdoors

  • 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!

  • Kids Fishing Day has been moved to Saturday

     Our Kids Fishing Day has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 24. That’s this Saturday.

    The original day was a washout, literally! Then the next weekend was a scheduling conflict with the Sportsman’s Club.

    So that moved it to May 24 at the Marion County Sportsman’s Club starting at 8 a.m. and running through 2 p.m.

  • Rain washes out one tourney; another goes on

     Well guys, we got through Mother’s Day all right, except for those of you who forgot!

    For those of you who fell for a wife’s biggest lie i.e. “Don’t bother getting me anything this year,” I hope you learned your lesson!

    As for me, I took the wife out Saturday, got her a charm for her Pandora bracelet then took her to lunch on Sunday.

  • Fish, hunt and boat

     I failed to take a turkey this spring. First time in a long time that’s happened. Main problem? Allergies! Secondary problems? Birds henned up. But the real reason is ya can’t shoot ’em from a recliner.

    Friends took birds: Kelly Creed, 26-pounds, 11-inch beard, 1 3/16-inch spur. Grandsons and kids took a couple of birds each. Seems everyone took at least one bird, except me!