“Should You Take Your Spouse Fishing?”

Should you take your spouse fishing? Good question. You can find the answer here. It’s a link to Gannett’s new website NowU.com (click on the “learn” section and scroll down to find the answer).

NowU launched Tuesday, July 15, and I’m pleased to have a story included. The target readership is folks age 45 and older, although there’s plenty for anyone of nearly any age.

The site includes travel, technology, family, career, fitness and nutrition, sex on the road (that’s in the “connect” section), and more  . . . even a fishing story.

Give it a look. Tell your friends. Mention it to strangers. www.NowU.com.

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Award Undeserved but much Appreciated

For reasons unclear (at least to me) the Kentucky Wildlife Federation Foundation has named me its 2014 Conservation Communicator of the Year. The presentation was made Saturday evening in Lexington, Ky., during the League of Kentucky Sportsmen’s www.kentuckysportsmen.com annual convention and banquet.

I was honored and humbled, then and now. Dan Sesit of the KWFF made the presentation with an introduction laced with far more accolades than I or my work merited.IMG_2060

Thank you. Thank you. And thank you, again.

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Hobie Bass Open Wrap-Up

The Hobie Bass Open on Kentucky Lake – a catch, photograph and release kayak tournament – wrapped up Sunday afternoon when Tom Michael of New Jersey rang up a two-day total of six bass that measured  110.75 inches. That was five inches more than Texan Rob Milam, who finished second. Michael pocketed $1,500 and some fishing goodies along with a spot in the Hobie Worlds Championship later this year in The Netherlands.

It was a different type of bass tournament. No weigh-in (photos only; all fish were released at the boat). No group flight or shotgun launch (kayaks could launch from any legal ramp or access). And no power boats.

Hobie www.hobiefishing.com officials insist that kayak fishing is a growing segment of the fishing industry. And they may be right. (It’s one of my favorite means of fishing but I’m hardly a standard bearer.) Tournament director Keeton Eoff was impressed with Kentucky Lake, the state park (Kentucky Dam Village) and officials from Marshall County, Ky., who helped stage the event. Eoff said they would be back – maybe next year.

If that happens maybe Kentuckians will make a better showing on our state’s namesake lake. Kentucky Lake is the best bass fishery in the state and one of the best the country. The tournament, which was barely publicized , attracted 33 fishermen – including 14 from Kentucky. The highest Kentucky finisher was Louisvillian Drew Russell, who placed sixth, after being second after Day 1.

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Fish by the Inch at the Hobie Bass Open

Each of the 33 anglers who climbed into their paddle and pedal boats Saturday at the Hobie Bass Open catch, photo and release kayak (canoes and paddle boards welcome, too) tournament on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley were fishing by the inch and hoping to punch a ticket to The Netherlands.IMG_8226

The Hobie Bass Open is one of four qualifying events for the 2014 Hobie Worlds Championship, which will be October 5-11 in The Netherlands.

The field includes anglers from 11 states and one Canadian province (Ontario). Among the group: 14 Kentuckians, including Louisvillian Drew Russell who finished Day 1 in second place, 5.25 inches behind leader Tom Michael from Mt. Ephrain, N.J.

Inches?

Yea. The winner in a CPR (catch, photo, release) tournament is determined by total length of fish caught. Each angler can turn in three photos of bass (largemouth, smallmouth or spotted) daily. The fisherman with the largest two-day total length wins.

After Day 1 , Michael had three fish for 57.25 inches. Russell had three that totaled 52 inches.

The winner earns a spot on the Hobie team bound for the Worlds Championship. The top 10 finishers earn a check.

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Kayak Bass Event at Kentucky Lake

The California-based Hobie Cat Company http://www.hobiecat.com will host a Hobie Bass Open qualifying bass tournament Saturday and Sunday at Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

The winner will earn a spot on the Hobie Team bound for the Hobie Fishing World Championships October 5-11 at Vinkeveen, The Neatherlands.

Saturday and Sunday’s event will be a CPR tournament. That’s catch, photo and release. No weigh-in, in the traditional sense.

This is also strictly a paddle or pedal powered tourney. Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards are welcome. No motors. No wading. No fishing from the bank.

The winner will be determined by the total length of the three largest bass (largemouth, smallmouth or spotted) caught, photographed and released each day.

I’ll have updates here, at http://www.courier-journal.com/blog/outdoors/ and via Twitter at @cjoutdoors1 and @garygarth.

 

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On the Spring in the Rain

On Arkansas’ Spring River for some photo work. Hope to fish this afternoon. Rained much of the night. Currently between storms.IMG_8059

From the spring to Dam 3 the river is higher than normal. This is probably a by-product of ongoing work at Dam 3, which is where the hatchery is located. Workers are busy trying to repair the 100-year-old gate on the antique dam.

Heading down river below the dam to what is usually a good trout and SMB spot. Photos later, hopefully.

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Kentucky Monthly Profiles Soc Clay, the Sourdough King

Check out the May issue of Kentucky Monthly www.kentuckymonthly.com magazine, which is on newsstands now.

(Yea, I have Field Notes column in it, page 49, about a quirky fishing tool.) But the big news is on pages 28-29, where famed Kentuckian, outdoorsman, master scribe, cook, mentor and friend Soc Clay is profiled.

In a 13 question Q&A format Soc talks about one of his favorite subjects: sourdough bread. I have one of his century old starters. Good. Very Good. Very Very Good.

The story is by Cynthia Grisolia. Check it out.

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