louisville fishing spots

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This pic is 2 of my uncles at a really sweet looking fishing spot they have been going to up in Maine.

I am all set for a trip back to the falls tomorrow. I have the alarm set , the tacklebag packed, fresh line on my spinning rig, my new fly rod ready to go, the clothes that I am going to wear
and my water shoes laid out on my night stand. It’s funny because every time I have a trip planned I can’t help but to feel like a 5 year old on Christmas eve. I just get so excited about the possibility that tomorrow might be the day I get the monster!

This Is the busiest season for my work so the time I do get to go get my fishing therapy Is truly anticipated. In between trips I peruse articles and try to learn a trick or two on the Internet. Here are some sites that I think are pretty awesome.

Some great fly casting advice

This link is to a guy who is a kayak fisherman and takes amazing pictures

This is a spot here in Kentucky called wolf creek that I want to check out

Here is a link to a fishing spot in Australia that I saw on the WFN (world fishing network) amazing place!

Tight lines and tailwinds
-Billy

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Louisville Fishing Updates

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   I have no problem with fishing alone, there is something peaceful, almost spiritual about being out on the water all by yourself. However there is also a lot to be said about taking people with you. For example, my friend Doug is 33 years old and last week i took him fishing for his first time. Today i showed him how to buy his first rod and reel, and Sunday we will be going again. I love getting non-fishing people involved in this sport and really love how excited they get when they get their first big bite!

       This time of year you have to adjust your fishing schedule. 1st and last light are always the best times of day, but when it can get over 100 degrees mid day you dont really have any choice but to go when its not that hot. This article from a local KY website talks about how in some areas in KY fish are dying from heat.

On another note there is an organized clean-up at the falls of the ohio park tomorrow, They are looking for more volunteers and giving away free t-shirts for those that do. I know I always try to leave any spot i go fishing at with more than i came with to try and do my part in keeping it clean, natural, and beautiful.

For more details on the clean-up and some nice photos of the park  click here.

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New Fishing Spot- Ohio River Louisville

Today on my lunch break I checked out a new potential fishing spot. I have been hearing that the LG&E power plant off of Cane Run Rd. here in Louisville KY  has a hot water runoff that where it pours into the river is a great fishing spot. However it seems that it is very inaccessible without a boat. So after speaking to some locals, I found that you can park at Greenwood boat dock and walk down to it. Really wishing I wasn’t kayakless right now! Anyway this pic is from the dock.
I know where I will be this Sunday morning…

To read how this new fishing spot panned out check out this post : “Tracking along the Ohio”

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Also check out this sweet kayak fishing video

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink?

Lots of Gear

If your anything like me when you are going to a new fishing spot, and not sure what they are going to be bitting on, you bring “everything but the kitchen sink” . At least two rods and reels, A backpack, bucket, tackle box, shoulder sling, or all 4. Full of all kinds of hard crank baits, Jig heads, bucktails, swim baits,soft plastics, rooster tails, sinkers, floats etc. There are some people i know that will also bring an assortment of live baits as well, but i save that for when i take my 3 year old kid fishing. Anything I do I like to push to the limit so i have been guilty of over packing many times. These days i try to keep a more minimalist approach, and only bring the old faithfull’s. Lately that has been Mr Twister white 3″ grubs on 1/8-1/4 oz jig heads as seen in this fishes mouth,

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jighead grubtail

, or a Carolina rigged gulp jerk shad on a 3/0 wide-gap bass hook. Of course different scenarios will call for different go-to’s. That has been what i pack for fishing the falls at Falls of the Ohio state park just outside of Louisville, If i was going to be kayak fishing the flats in Florida it would be a completely different bag.

I know for me cutting back to the bare essentials has forced me to be more proficient with the lures that i do bring,and built my confidence in them as well. I think it is a great idea to do this and master one or two things at a time rather than randomly picking and throwing 20 different types. There is also something to be said for local knowledge. I have always called local fishermen the “old salts” (this may be because i grew up on the beach on the east coast) but they are a wealth of information. If you have a chance to ask them what works in a place you are unfamiliar with, or even just peek at how they are rigged it could be just the clue that you need to have a fun, productive, and not overly weighed down fishing trip.

For me the one thing that i can not leave the house without is my favorite rod set up , a g-loomis greenwater series spinning rod, equipped with a shimano stradic reel and 20 lb powerpro.  I have caught everything with that rig from largemouth bass, stripers,  croppie, and catfish to Snook, redfish, bonnet head sharks, pompano, and gator seatrout.

-Tight lines and Tailwinds
-Billy

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I teased myself today…

One of my favorite ways to go after fish is on my Kayak. The problem with this is that I don’t currently own one. My favorite Yak i ever had was my Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160 (pictured below) That one I actually wore a hole through the hull scraping oyster beds and dragging it on the sand. So this morning I stopped in my local Quest Outdoors and took a look at what I want my next boat to be, a Hobie Pro Angler Mirage drive 14″. Just sitting in this thing on the showroom i could hear the drag screaming, and picture the bow in my rod while getting towed around by a monster! Unfortunately that is an expensive toy, so it will be a little while before i get another.

This picture is about 6 years ago when i was living in Naples FL. I was chasing the Spanish and Cero Mackerel that were chasing and blowing up on schools of shiners about a half mile off shore. I have great memories of that trip. Especially of when a pair of Lemon sharks started chasing the mackerel. You never do know what you might run into when your out in the wilderness. Check out this amazing  kayak fishing video

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Tight lines and Tailwinds!

-Billy

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Hello world!

Hello World! My name is Billy and this is my first post in my first blog.

About me: I am a 35 year old father of 2 that has been married for 10 years to my wonderful wife Jill. I spend 50-60 very stressful hours a week running a car dealership, and most of my free time trying to be a good daddy and husband. With the time I have left over (which isn’t much) I focus on my passion which is finding new places to catch, photo, and release fish that I haven’t ever caught before. I have a few other hobbies like my motorcycle, tattoos, and a classic car, but fishing trumps them all.

about this blog: My motivation for starting this blog was after a recent fishing trip to falls of the Ohio state park where I caught 3 fish in one day that I have never caught before. I came up with the term bucket list fish. Since there are thousands of species that I will probably never catch I will consider anything that I haven’t caught before, or if I catch a larger version of something that I have caught before a bucket list fish.

I have been fishing for about 30 years (man do I feel old), everywhere from the Metedeconk river that I grew up on, inshore, offshore, inlets, jetties, bays, streams and private ponds to Florida flats, backwater, the Gulf of Mexico, Cayman islands, BWI, Turks and Caicos and Puerto Rico.  I love to kayak fish, hand fish, spin cast, baitcast, wade, float, and surf fish, and now fly fish.

I am very excited about sharing my fishing adventures, advice, and mishaps with anyone who wants to listen or read. I plan to do so on this site 2-3 times every week.

Tight Lines and Tailwinds!  -Billy

* here are links to some of my favorite posts that i have put up here so far*

 -  Bucket List Bass “A Striper Story” 

 -  It’s fly time! ( my first dabble into fly fishing)

-  Top 10 Bucket List Fishing Trips

-  Getting there is half the battle (a how to fish at the falls of the ohio)

-  Fishing at the Falls with Friends

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