Aaron Wheatley : Catfishing 101 | Official Catfish Conference ® 2016

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it’s really nice to see this many people
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in one room supporting the sport of
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catfishing I want to thank Jeff Jones
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and Steve Douglas and anyone else that’s
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been a part of this catfish conference
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I’m kind of new to catfishing actually
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I’ve only been catfishing for about 10
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years I come from a softball background
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got hurt couldn’t hit the ball 450 feet
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anymore and decided I’d find something
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else to do
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I tried golf it didn’t work too well so
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I came over to catfishing I’m pretty
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much a self-taught cat fisherman I got
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some tips in the very beginning from a
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couple local guys and the USCA was a big
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help to me back seven eight years ago
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but like Steve said I’m the tournament
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director of Monsters on the Ohio which
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to this date as far as I know is the
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largest cat fishing tournament in the
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United States on the Ohio River
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held in Owensboro Kentucky I’m gonna
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pass around a few Flyers you know I
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don’t know if I got enough for everybody
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but if you want to see some of the
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information and then I might actually go
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over some of this information on here to
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let you guys know about monsters on
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there loud he just passed those around
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we’ll get those handed out and then
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we’ll talk about some of the stuff that
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monsters on the Ohio is all about last
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year we had a hundred and eighty boats
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from 22 states down in Owensboro
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Kentucky
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we had 325 anglers men women children
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and we gave out over fifty five thousand
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dollars in cash and prizes this was the
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sixth year for monsters on the Ohio the
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very first year we had twenty four boats
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and about seven or eight sponsors and a
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lot of those sponsors are still with me
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today
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one thing about monsters on the Ohio
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we’re not occur
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we’re not a cash grab I never started
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monsters on the Ohio to make money
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I started monsters on Ohio to help grow
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the sport of catfishing I knew that
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there were no regulations in my state on
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catfish I knew there were no big cat
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fishing tournaments in my state for
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catfish and I knew my hometown was doing
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five hundred million dollars worth of
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work on its riverfront for you guys that
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have been to Owensboro Kentucky and I
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see several of you here that have I
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think you’ll agree with me that we have
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one of the best boat ramps you’ll ever
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go to I mean we got 14 acres of nothing
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but beautiful park and beautiful boat
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ramp so that that is that is a big
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advantage if you’ve ever been to
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Owensboro you’ll see the new hotels and
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the convention centers and the
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restaurants and and all this going up
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right on the river so if the river is a
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big part of Kentucky’s legacy then I
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thought well let’s take advantage of it
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so as monsters on the Ohio has grown so
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has downtown Owensboro and it you know
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one thing I really like to express you
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know there’s some guys are here
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interested in how do you start a big
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tournament where do you even start at I
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mean what do you do my first suggestion
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would be if you if you’re really
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interested in starting a big tournament
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you need to start with your city and you
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need to start with your Tourism
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Commission now with that said I know a a
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lot of people think well you get a lot
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of money from the city of Owensboro no I
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don’t the city of Owensboro basically
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lets me use the park the city of
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Owensboro comes down and sets the park
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up the city of Owensboro gives us the
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Big Show mobile to have the weigh in on
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the city of Owensboro gives us the
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electricity to run everything the city
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of Owensboro gave us the sport Center
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last year for the captain’s meeting we
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don’t ask for a dime from the city of
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Owensboro they do enough if you come
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down there a couple days for the
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tournament and you see these tractors
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and the
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bleachers being moved in this show
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mobile being moved in that’s what the
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city of Owensboro is doing and that is
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very valuable I wouldn’t want to know
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how many man-hours they put into setting
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up that setting up that English Park for
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monsters on the Ohio and when you look
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at my sponsors I mean it it’s pretty
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much a grassroot tournament really most
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of my sponsors are local sponsors now
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don’t get me wrong I have big national
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sponsors I have see art boats I’m the
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only tournament that I know of besides
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the art votes that they actually give a
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boat away at the tournament now you
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don’t have to win the tournament to win
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that boat you don’t even have to catch a
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fish to win that boat you come to the
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tournament you pay your entry fee you’re
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entered in that boat so somebody at the
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end of the day no matter what you’ve
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done is going to win a boat Academy
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Sports is a big sponsor of mine they
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come in they set up their booths they
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donate gift cards to give away
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I mean it’s monsters is a pretty big
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shindig I mean we give away everything
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everything that comes into that
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tournament goes right back out to the
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fishermen I’ll tell you that right now I
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mean you know you just look at the meal
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last year that was a four thousand
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dollar meal you know that my sponsors
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paid for that the fishermen didn’t have
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to pay for it you know and that’s a big
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part of it so like I said if you want to
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start a big tournament start inside your
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city it helps to be local to have
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friends that own businesses I mean I
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have 12 friends that own businesses from
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tire shops to grocery stores though so
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whatever that that sponsor monsters on
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the Ohio and it’s not because it’s a cat
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fishing tournament it’s because they
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believe in our community and they
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support anything that’s good for our
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community Owensboro Kentucky is the
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number one sports town in the state of
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Kentucky there’s a reason for that the
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community supports what we do
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Owensboro has just recently brought in a
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fresh a professional hockey team
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a basketball team a football team in the
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semi-pro levels I mean they they really
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support what we do so you need to go
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back home and if you live in Kentucky I
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mean I really suggest you do this
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because we need all the support in
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Kentucky we can get one thing people
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don’t realize is let’s let’s just talk
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for a second there’s a lot of people in
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here that realize that from Carrollton
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damn to Cairo Illinois commercial
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fishermen are allowed for fish over 40
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inches a day but from Carrollton damn to
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West Virginia it’s one over thirty-five
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and some people have have mocked what
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has happened in Kentucky and said that
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we didn’t do all that we could in
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Kentucky and those are people that just
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don’t realize what’s really going on out
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there this catfish thing is a money grab
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absolutely I’ve been to all the meetings
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it’s about money these commercial guys
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down in Western Kentucky around Berkeley
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Lake around Kentucky lake are making
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millions of dollars a year selling our
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catfish so what happens is when you go
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to a state representative or you go to a
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senator and you say look I want to
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protect the catfish in the state of
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Kentucky well I promise you this if that
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senators only got one or two commercial
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fishermen in his area he ain’t got a
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problem with it but if he’s got 15 20
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commercial guys that live in his
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boundaries he’s got a problem with it so
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when you get down to Western Kentucky
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and you’re trying to talk a senator or a
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state representative in to protecting
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the catfish for what we love to do he’s
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not going to listen to you much when
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there’s a commercial guy coming up with
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a million dollar w2 saying well this is
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what I bring into the community so it’s
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a it’s definitely a cash grab there’s no
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doubt about it it is a absolute cash
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grab recently Indiana passed laws one
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over thirty-five statewide
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the reason it happened there’s only 17
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commercial fishermen in the state of
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Indiana and according to fish and
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wildlife in Indiana only two of those
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guys target trophy catfish so it was not
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a problem to tighten the winches on them
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guys because they’re not losing money
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they’re getting more riding real
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fishermen in there on their waters with
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the one over 35 that will compensate for
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putting a claw on those Indiana
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commercial guys Kentucky has 256
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commercial fishermen that’s a lot of
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money that’s a lot of money and when we
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went to Frankfort to be real honest with
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you there was not one rod and reel
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fisherman west of Owensboro Kentucky
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that’s from Owensboro to Cairo Illinois
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that showed up in support of the rigs so
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the hardest-hit waters we got sniffling
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JT myers kentucky lake barkley lake not
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one rod and reel guy from the whole
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state showed up to defend the catfish so
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when people say well you guys really
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didn’t get that much done I think there
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was probably seven of us they showed up
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did we say we’re the only seven that
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needs to show up no we never did we
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begged for people to come we put it on
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Facebook we put it on websites it was
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all over the place seven guys in the
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whole state showed up seven the biggest
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day in the history of commercial fishing
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on the Ohio River in Kentucky waters
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seven people showed up that’s not good
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but I’ll tell you what the seven guys
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that did show up stood up put up a fight
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and we got the one over 35 from West
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Virginia to Canton which which is
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awesome one over 35 is awesome but then
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when you got the Senators in the
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representatives saying there’s no way
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we’re gonna support that from not
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Owensboro because I had both my both my
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senators and all four of my legislators
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in Davis County were for what we were
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trying to do it only makes sense we’re
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bringing in hundreds of thousands of
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dollars for a cat fishing tournament and
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my tournaments not the only tournament
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held in Owensboro there’s other guys
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that have tournaments there there’s
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other tournaments that want to come
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there but like I said it’s only for four
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seven or eight guys I think we got a lot
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done now what do we need to do Kentucky
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Fish and Wildlife’s here today J her
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ella is here today he’s the head
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biologist for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife
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I’ve met J several times they come to my
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tournament every year they measure fish
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they wave fish they do it right we need
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to let them know that hey this for over
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40 which is in total out of uniform Ohio
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Indiana Illinois now it’s one over 35
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but Kentucky’s got this for over 40 from
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countin down it I wouldn’t want to be a
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conservation officer officer yeah I mean
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you gotta go you got no words a guy come
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from where’s he being all this it just
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makes it tough ik it’s hard enough to
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regulate what’s going on out there right
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now without a uniform pattern all the
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way up and down the river and Kentucky
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didn’t pass any regulations on Berkeley
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and Kentucky lakes why is that like I
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said it’s a it’s a cash grab not one
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person from down that way came up to
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help fight for the rigs and you say well
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can you tell a difference yes I can tell
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the difference I fished the Cumberland
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River I fished the Tennessee River and
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I’ll tell you right now if I’m going to
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fish either one of them I’m going south
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I’m going into Tennessee I’m going into
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Alabama and there’s a couple couple of
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different reasons for that
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first of all Tennessee and Alabama have
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regulations longer than Kentucky has the
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bait down in the Cumberland and the
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Tennessee River once you get into
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Tennessee and Alabama is amazing I mean
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you’ll see schools are shared a half
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mile long 20 foot deep stuff you can’t
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find here on the Ohio River anymore
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stuff you can’t find in Berkeley or
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Kentucky Lake anymore
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and there’s no doubt that there’s more
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big fish down in Tennessee and Alabama
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than there is in Kentucky now has it
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always been that way I don’t know
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I’m kind of new I’ve only been around
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for 10 years but I can tell you for sure
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that the fishing is much better down
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that way and I love Kentucky and I’ve
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done all I can to help build the sport
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of catfishing in Kentucky but if you
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want me to be honest I’m going to
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Tennessee or I’m going to Alabama if I
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got my if I got my choice and another
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another part of that is the Asian carp
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you know I don’t know how many you guys
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realize how big a deal the Asian carp is
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in the ohio river that’s a big deal
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because i’m telling you right now where
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i used to be able to catch shad and skip
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jack all I’m seeing is hundreds of
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thousands a day of Asian carp and Asian
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carp eat the same thing that the shad do
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so if the Asian carp are eating up all
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the shad food and all the shad in here
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and that kind of messes up the whole
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system so we definitely I mean I know
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there’s a lot of people that don’t
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support commercial fishing I support
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different stances of it there’s only
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there’s only one person that’s going to
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be able to get out there and get those
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and that’s these guys with these big
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nets and and that’s what they need to be
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doing they need to raise the market
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price on the Asian carp so these
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commercial guys can lay off the catfish
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and they can start going after the carp
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and making money doing it I mean they’re
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gonna do it I mean they’re in it for the
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money that’s they’re not out there doing
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what they do to destroy what we do
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they’re out there trying to make money
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and I do not in no way support a pay
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lake I do not in no way support a
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commercial fisherman that trophy hunts
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it’s just a it’s just a no no all right
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so like I said I mean if you guys here
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in the building here watching this want
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to help us out here in the state of
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Kentucky definitely stop by and talk to
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Jay
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Fish and Wildlife if you live in the
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state of Kentucky and you feel like the
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for over 40 is it right from kennel ting
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then down call your state representative
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I mean that’s what we did we started we
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kind of went around Kentucky official
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wildlife from the very beginning because
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what they were telling us is not what we
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were seeing they were telling us that
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you know there wasn’t a problem with the
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trophic gas can you pick it up a little
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bit but I’m in contact with a lot of a
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lot of fishermen all the way up and down
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with really different
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you want to go
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we gotta plan on going back to two years
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it’s be than here thankfully in Kentucky
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there’s field study
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mediated
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we’ve already had great statewide I
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think it should be one over 35
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dr. coke
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get a girl and it will take more than
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trying to be
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it’s really techno stuff like this here
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today and this is Kentucky this is drawn
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money in from from all over the country
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where I dated to the same Kentucky and
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hope that he’d recognize that and
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actually one decision
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that would do they know
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now let’s let’s talk about money I don’t
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know how many guys who a care how thesis
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I’ve been three well and you know
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there’s a lot of guys that feels this
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way or that
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that could work for you that he do
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I am blessed month whoa
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I am blessed enough to be prompt a few
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great companies state gun was the Boston
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rod holders have been with me since I
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got into this Fort Greene scene were
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real tight we pasted together we found
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side deal with all things over a lot I’m
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close that book ecstasy garage there a
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new rock company is forth which is good
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I’m not gonna say one robbed better than
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the other right because that’s not
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necessarily true
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what what what works for you is what
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fits for you that’s what you should use
18:18
cliff for me gets the Peter kind of this
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move and they gave you a phone call and
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offer these I tried it out and I really
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enjoyed the part up and we’ve got a
18:31
pretty good relationship going now I
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don’t know how many no notice
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boys kid from North Carolina has been
18:38
100 pounders up on the beach that people
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are easy quranic I will play this
18:45
earlier on I would say it’s a good
18:48
opener
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that’s a pretty stout leader in every
18:54
Rock I’m also a pro would never say
18:58
anchors Whitehall is a good friend of
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mine chameleons are much more Hollow
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he’s from down which piece of Italy
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actually up at Whitehall on his personal
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days of work eh
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I’m also most avid basketball which is a
19:15
local retail store in my hometown
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you know yes we will having to get these
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parts of here playing I really don’t
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know I mean that’s one mcLeese
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but not a whole lot more of a cat person
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I like to go out do people that’s never
19:37
fished before that live in my hometown
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and let them feel the Thunder and
19:44
amazing yes the growth in my whole thing
19:48
I mean I don’t know what you guys are
19:50
seeing where you’re from but in my
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hometown six years ago there was three
19:56
of us out there fishing regular me out a
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window
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it don’t fit me that’s all I ever seen
20:03
on the river you don’t know what’s real
20:07
now and they’re concerned it somewhere
20:11
close and just about every week and you
20:14
go out on a weekend in there 20 30 guys
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out there peacefully and all this is
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happening five years
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maybe not what’s it I don’t know what
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kind of growth
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where you’re from but you know we’re
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looking at five six hundred percent
20:31
growth in five years old the sport is
20:33
catching on and I think it has a lot to
20:37
do with these guys in our wilderness
20:39
share information I’m not so much like
20:43
that high up I will share some stuff
20:47
I’ll show beautiful the various some
20:50
stuff I have people like to my best and
20:53
something I don’t like that too much but
20:54
ice cream survives on that water
20:58
Austrian thousands of dollars gas and
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oil it ain’t cheap maybe get out there
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and earned it just Bolivia because you
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can read all the articles you want you
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can watch all the price quick videos you
21:19
want nothing in this world will replace
21:24
you beat all night long
21:25
and you start with a do what each
21:29
mission and there’s no doubt about it
21:33
you spend enough time on water usually
21:36
starts giving out some things
21:38
you’re gonna know that if you’re fishing
21:41
you know how they were knocking this
21:43
through Mississippi Missouri without a
21:45
fishing much but I know this for a fact
21:47
that he’s a common even in the Tennessee
21:50
in the Ohio they bring the current get
21:54
up you don’t want the in the middle of
21:56
that channel in the deepest quality that
21:58
water trying to get space in that form
22:01
on our turn anymore its head you’re not
22:04
gonna learn it from the video you never
22:06
read a book you’re gonna have to get out
22:08
there one time it drop that right down
22:10
and when it takes you about 7:00 p.m.
22:13
the whole bothers you don’t figure out
22:15
I’m in the wrong spot what I met what
22:18
I’m glad you a lot you’re that Wilkins
22:20
lack water now about saying I don’t
22:22
please pack things went but I vote for
22:25
inside feeling this little contours a
22:29
break
22:30
if you fish for Tennessee or the common
22:32
river is what snow Lotus is the closer
22:36
you get to the fact of the day on the
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sword eternity
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you know distances if you’re on wheeler
22:42
like it and you’re fishing
22:45
the powder plane you know now they’re
22:50
exclusive 120,000 case yesterday it’s
22:54
too mild our third thing that you can go
22:56
on all down the lake and you can go
22:59
anywhere in the paper really is you know
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that clients going to be one month I
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think it’s all about it now that
23:07
expressly the wintertime summertime it’s
23:10
three times a little bit different but
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in the wintertime I think it’s all about
23:14
finding that little bit slower just a
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little bit of a break and finding that
23:19
bait to catch those fish I mean it works
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for me
23:24
whatever you want to call it cat
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efficient I hate them
23:28
the water’s 60 degrees or less so from
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about December to March
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I’m usually anchored up and I’m fishing
23:36
the same stuff I please when I’m
23:39
drifting and when I talk about drifting
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I’m not a walnut Ripley
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I don’t drift with two or three miles
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and wait for fish I was structured every
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trick I believe and get me $1,500 above
23:55
these structures drifting down to it
23:57
drifting over top of it
23:59
drifting back to the hotel if you’ve
24:02
ever been over a tree or anything like
24:06
that drifting and you see these fish
24:08
come out of it and you’re and you keep
24:11
going right hotdogeteria fight today the
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reason those fees being – if you just
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rip off the lip you lift those fish
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they’re not going to come far out that
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stressful cover or whatever you want to
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call them what I found what works for me
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in all three ten hundred dollar cut off
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thrown through net structures of
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government do not see creature out there
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I will go
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and if they don’t hit them all the time
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about trolling motor around and I will
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pull myself back up towards that
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structure so when I’m going back that
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poor dextrose I thought wouldn’t gonna
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bite will bite well if they don’t bite
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them what I do I go to that structure
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and I’ll spot lock on that structure
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that’s one good thing about today’s
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technology is the good old spot lock
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button there’s nothing like it in the
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world and I’ll get on that structure and
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I’ll drop rods down one foot off bottom
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two foot off bottom three foot you can
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fish the heck out of some structure spot
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lock right on top of it because my
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theory is if those fish are coming out
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of that structure they’re in there to
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ambush food they’re wanting to eat they
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come out of that structure to eat if you
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kept drifting you left them but if you
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came back on them and you’re set on them
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I’ll say three out of five spots you’re
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gonna catch a fish off that if you see
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fish coming out of that structure and
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you drift past it and you come back up
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on it three out of five times you’re
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gonna catch fish now the thing with that
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is you can’t do that in the Mississippi
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River you can’t do that on the Missouri
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River that you know your trolling motor
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ain’t got enough pop to pull up against
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that seven mile an hour current you know
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so you know that’s why that’s good one
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good thing about being here today is
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you’re gonna get to hear from some guys
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that do fish the Mississippi River they
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do fish the Missouri River and they’re
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gonna be able to tell you if you’re from
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that area what works for them but like I
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said what works for me is finding that
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structure I like to go up everybody
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knows five miles up five miles down I am
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a true believer in that I
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no matter where I’m going it there’s
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there’s there’s a website out there in
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avionics and you can download the
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Navionics app into your computer and you
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can set it home and you can pretty much
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as far as the lakes go you can see every
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deep spot in that Lake the rivers aren’t
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mapped out as well but the lakes are and
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and I’ll spend a half a day in front
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that Navionics map
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looking at where I’m gonna fish and then
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I’m gonna find a boat ramp five miles up
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or five miles down from it and normally
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that works because what I’m gonna look
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for is I’m gonna look for ten to twenty
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pieces of structure within five miles of
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each other you know right there in one
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area outside bends is is a real good
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place for that you know the backside of
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dams where they got rock piles and stuff
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like that
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blowed up dams you know I fish a lot of
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bloat up dams on the Ohio River
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but like I said I mainly stick to
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structure and I mainly stick to
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anchoring in the wintertime so I think
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my time is about done here
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I would like to see if anybody’s got any
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questions about anything about monsters
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on our well a couple of rule changes
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that we did make and monsters on the
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Ohio this year I want to go over real
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quick
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we did drop these the senior age from 65
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to 60 so if you got someone sixty years
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or older that wants to fish with you we
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will allow a third person in a boat we
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did put a cap on the tournament to the
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first two hundred votes and people say
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well why’d you do that we’ll try to run
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a two hundred boat permit one time in
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one day and you’ll figure out real quick
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it’s a it’s pretty tough but we do get
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it done and from everything I’ve heard I
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mean we’re so blessed by the anglers
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that come to our tournament they speak
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so highly anybody that’s been there
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speaks so highly of it I work for a
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Catholic Church I have you know four or
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five people that have master’s degrees
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that work with me at the church they’re
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really smart people plus they’re
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Christians so it really helps to have
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people like that
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help you do what you do it keeps
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everything we’re so organized you know
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we had we you know a lot of people say
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well a captain’s meeting that’s that
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don’t make no sense
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well yes it does make sense if you’re
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trying to park and pull two hundred
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boats on the river in two and a half
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hours you’ve got to have some
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organization that’s one thing that that
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I understand they’re going to try to do
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later on this afternoon is get some
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organization to the tournament and
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turbot trails out there you got to have
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some kind of organ
29:04
I mean you look at any sport out there
29:06
there there’s there’s organization and
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everything but like I said I just want
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see if anybody’s got any questions I can
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answer for you and so anybody got a
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questions oh yeah another thing what
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we’ve done is we opened up two boat
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ramps that normally wouldn’t open for
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monsters on Ohio but we’re going to call
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that control trailering is what we’re
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gonna call that and I do want to go over
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that real quick what we’re gonna do is
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if you’ve ever been to monsters on the
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Ohio before you know it’s 45 minutes to
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one lock and it’s 25 minutes the other
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one and then you got a lock through so
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you’re losing a lot of fishing time plus
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it’s costing you a lot of gas to run 78
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miles up or down the river so what we
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did is we opened up Rocky Point which is
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the first boat ramp on the upriver side
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of kennels and Dam and we opened up
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angel mounds which is the first boat
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ramp down river from Newburgh you’ll
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still come to Owensboro for the
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captain’s meeting you’ll still get your
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live wheel check
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Anton throw that morning you’ll get in a
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line behind one of my workers he’ll take
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you to that boat ramp
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he’ll check you in at that boat ramp
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once you’ve checked into that boat ramp
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no one will leave that boat ramp before
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6:30 now what we’re gonna do is we’re
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gonna allow you if you want to for the
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safety of the fish once the term it’s
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over or once you decide to come in if
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you want to drop your partner off and
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let them drive your vehicle back to
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Owensboro and drive your boat back and
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the other guy drive the boat back to
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Owensboro we’re gonna allow you to do
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that we have a polygrapher we’re gonna
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know if you’re cheating so I think
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that’s gonna spread when you get a hunt
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my pool is not the longest pool in the
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ohio river my pool doesn’t have the most
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contours and
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holes in it you get a hundred and eighty
31:11
two hundred boats in one pool all pre
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fishing together all stuck together come
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tournament time the poor fish don’t have
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much of a chance
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they’ve been sore lipped to death so
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that kind of opens the tournament up
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spreads it out these are all waters that
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were already accessible to the
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tournament so it’s still the same waters
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it’s just gonna let you get to your end
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of the river a little bit faster and for
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these guys that got smaller boats that
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don’t have the 250 horse motors they’re
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gonna be able to make a run from Rocky
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Point to close rapport because it’s only
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gonna be ten miles instead of 70 miles
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and that kind of to me levels the
31:47
playing field out so like I said I just
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want to thank all y’all for being here
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and thanks Steve and man this this is an
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awesome spectacle y’all y’all have a
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great day
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you

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