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Fishing with the Family

By Josh McGowan

Cody Lewis, 10, with his big Kentucky Lake crappie.

Cody Lewis, 10, with his big Kentucky Lake crappie.

How about a little 70 degree weather to welcome spring to the area! I’m sure that for those of you who were doing yardwork or firing up the grill for the first time, the weather was beautiful, but for us die-hard fishermen, it was a windy weekend!

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed being able to break out the short sleeve fishing shirts for a few hours on Saturday, it was just a shame I had to do it in four foot rollers!

I’m lucky in the fact that my tournament fishing partner and primary compadre in my boat is my best friend, Chippy, and we have a blast doing just about anything together, especially fishing. Now that being said, there are a couple people I enjoy sharing the Lowe with even more than Chippy, my beautiful wife and son. If only they got as excited about fishing as I do, of course if they did, it may not be as much of a special occasion when they go!

I treated the fam to a night at my favorite little hideaway on Reelfoot Lake, Sportsman’s Resort South. After my boat trailer fell apart last weekend, I left my boat at Sportsman’s under their docks while I had a little welding done. I returned with family in tow Friday evening and my boat was safe and sound waiting on it’s new trailer.

We loaded the boat and kicked back and enjoyed ourselves at the resort, including some Dairy Queen Blizzards and a riveting game of “Apples to Apples” (if you have kids or grandkids, it’s a must have game!).

We awoke to drizzling rain Saturday morning and slept in until 7 a.m. I loaded up everyone and headed to Walnut Log. I knew I could get out of the wind up there and possibly find some black crappie available at the end of a jig pole, my wife’s preferred way of fishing. Unfortunately, the water was still muddy from the rains, and there were boats in my two favorite spots on that end of the lake.

After a lengthy boat ride through the cypress trees, and sliding over a few stumps in the morning chill and light sprinkles, I could tell my guests, while not complaining out loud, were not having a good time. I declared that our best move would be to Lakeview Restaurant for a hearty breakfast, and they agreed! We went back out in the south end of the lake, putting in at the narrow ramp at the spillway, and letting the state park act as a barrier to the southernly gusts. My buddy Matt Thomas was out a few hundred yards from Blue Bank and catching some nice fish, so we joined him for the remainder of the day, which allotted us a decent mess and enough for a fry Sunday night.

Another buddy of mine, Danny Foutz, kept 50 trolling the south end on Saturday. He said the best fishing was right at dawn until 8am, while I was relaxing in the comfy beds at the resort! We were both pushing jigs tipped with minnows, the best combination being a chartreuse head with an “electric chicken” LakeFork Live Baby Shad.

My buddies over at Kick’n Bass guide service have been fishing non-stop on Kentucky Lake, and I’m going to join them before long! Captain Randy stays on the bass and is an expert/instructor on Lowrance electronics.

He said the lake is two foot above winter pool, and he’s catching bass on main lake points and chunk rock banks. He’s throwing a little bit of everything, but the best baits have been jerk baits, Alabama rigs, jigs, and shaky heads. He said secondary points in the mouths of creeks and bays are turning on as well.

Now if you know me, you know I’m not going over there after bass! Randy’s partner, Captain Rich guides out of the Kick’n Bass pontoon, which I think should be renamed the Kick’n Crappie-toon! Rich has been piling up big crappie slow trolling and long lining over flats and deep structure in this luxury liner! It’s a great trip to take the whole family on, and after tournament season calms down, I’m taking mine!

Go to http://www.joshgowanoutdoors.com/ for more info and to watch some videos!

 

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