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June 3, 2018

Nelson has another good outing in nationwide bass fishing tourney

LAWRENCE COUNTY'S BJ NELSON HAS BEEN ON A TEAR THIS FISHING SEASON WITH HIS LATEST OUTING GETTING A 21ST PLACE IN THE NATION. HE IS HOLDING HIS BIGGEST CATCH OF THE TOURNEY.LAWRENCE COUNTY'S BJ NELSON HAS BEEN ON A TEAR THIS FISHING SEASON WITH HIS LATEST OUTING GETTING A 21ST PLACE IN THE NATION. HE IS HOLDING HIS BIGGEST CATCH OF THE TOURNEY.

BJ Nelson  had 27lb 5 oz for two days, won $2,500.00 plus $1,000.00 Ranger Cup money. The last guy that weighed in cost him $1,500.00 and bumped him out if the Top 20 to 21st.

BJ was 4 lb 6 oz out top 10 on first day.

There were 7 Pros in the field including Craig Powers and Billy Schroeder.

 

May 29, 2018

Elusive catfish 'Big Jeff' caught after 19 yearsElusive catfish 'Big Jeff' caught after 19 years 

Every year since 1999, Big Jeff — the biggest of the catfish stocked at Jeffers Bend — was able to evade the hooks of young anglers during the annual Take Kids Fishing event in Hopkinsville.

But not this year.

Trey Blanton, 13, caught a 28-inch long fish that had the same markings as the one featured in the Friday edition of the Kentucky New Era. Charles Turner, organizer of Take Kids Fishing, announced that one was indeed Big Jeff.

On Saturday, Trey was convinced he had caught that fish.

“It was the hardest to get in,” he said.

Trey, along with his father and brothers, have been coming to Take Kids Fishing since he was about three or four. He never actively hunted for the prized fish.

“I take what I can get,” Trey said, but added he always tried to go for bigger fish.

Before Saturday, his previous biggest fish was from Kentucky Lake and weighed 3 pounds. In Take Kids Fishing, his biggest had been 26-inches long.

He thought he had a chance on winning the biggest fish category for his age group.

The teenager said he used a worm and some secret bait to catch Big Jeff. Now he plans to take it home, clean it and eat it. He said he believes it will taste like victory.

Big Jeff wasn’t the only one captured Saturday in Jeffers Bend.

Carley Day, 14, caught herself a 24-inch fish, which her sister, Destinee, named 'Big Bobby'.

“Somebody else caught Big Jeff,” Destinee said. “We got Big Bobby.”

Like Trey, Carley never cared about catching Big Jeff. She and her sister guess they’ve been coming to Take Kids fishing for close to a decade and Carley has been happy with whatever she can catch.

But Big Bobby was the biggest one she’s gotten yet.

The teens were surprised with the big fish they were catching in the lake. They said they usually only caught small ones there.

“Sorry Big Bobby,” Destinee said. “You’re food now.”

Destinee explained they will be eating him tonight. Carley said she may not. She doesn’t care much for fish.

As for those fishing on Little River, a catfish named Big Marcus, who escaped a fisherman last year, flipping out of his bucket back into the river, still was not found. Timothy Wharton said the fish was still on the run and he hadn’t had much luck Saturday morning fishing for two of his grandsons. He suspected the fish had fled the area after the recent rain.

However, a little farther up the river, Devin Quiroz, 9, caught a 29-inch fish.

He believed it was Big Jeff.

“I saw him with a big tail,” he said, adding he had a gut feeling it was him.

He had been coming to Take Kids Fishing for the past two years and he had been on the lookout for Big Jeff the whole time.

Later, it was voted that while it was a big fish, it wasn’t Big Jeff. Turner, who estimated 300 children and their parents came out to the event, called Devin’s fish “Big Jeff 2017.”

Volunteer Ruth Lynch voted the fish be called Big Charles. Jeffers Bend Steering Committee Chair Mark Withers passed the motion.

Withers also said the next year’s fishers shouldn’t be concerned.

“We will have another Big Jeff,” he said. “Big Jeff will be back.”

By Meredith Willse
Kentucky New Era

MAY 23, 2018

Bill JacksonBill JacksonEAGLE RIDGE GOLF LEAGUE NEWS

Tuesday Rain did not Dampen the Field on Tuesday Evening

 

On Tuesday afternoon, I left my house about 4:15 in the afternoon, and it was pouring the rain. I had my windshield wipers on the entire trip to the clubhouse. I found a few league members milling around, and they were watching the flashes of lightning in the distance. So my question to them was, “are we going to play?” The answer I received was that no one was going to play if we were hit with a thunderstorm. Then, the weather took an about-face, and by 4:45, the rain stopped, and the sun came out. It was just a little drink for the course which was nice. By 5 o’clock the league members had rolled in. We had 19 members who played, and those who did not play had notified the course several days before. So it was not only a good night to play golf it was also a remarkable turnout.

This week the League played the front nine. Without a doubt, at least for me, the front nine is much more difficult than the back nine. Yet there were many lower scores than the last time we played the front nine where par was the low score. The low gross score was an excellent one under 34.

Those scoring less than par included Dustin Kingsmore (31), Bill Jackson (32), Bill England (33), and Davey Fields (34).

Now for the scores and the highlights for May 22.

Scores

Low Net Score (31) Dustin Kingsmore

Low Gross Score (34) Davey Fields

Longest Drive (#4) Ronnie Wellman

Fewest Putts Davey Fields (13)

Skills Competition

Closest to the pin, 2nd shot (#5) Ronnie Wellman

Longest Putt (#18) Bill England

Par 3, Closest to pin (#3) Davey Fields

Par 3, Closest to pin (#17) Troy Hughes

Skins { Troy Hughes (#1)

{ Davey Fields (#3)

 

See you at the course.

Submitted: May 23, 2018

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