Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Sports

August 16, 2007

Plenty fishing still remains

GLASGOW — Folks, there is still plenty of life left in Lake Cumberland. Nearly written off this year because of the big drawdown to allow work on the Wolf Creek Dam, Lake Cumberland still has sufficient water to accommodate boaters and fishermen and I for one can tell you that the striper fishing is still first rate at the big Kentucky impoundment.

I was one of a four-member party last week who were guests of Capt. Phil Glass for a striper adventure and we indeed caught fish, big ole fish.

Glass is a retired educator for the Department of Fish and Wildlife who is now guiding out of Conley Bottom Marina at Lake Cumberland. Conley Bottom is near Monticello. I joined Ed Darst, who is a friend and former co-worker of Glass, Bro. David Baker, minister at the First Church of the Nazarene in Glasgow, and Bro. Baker’s father-in-law, Dwight Henderson, who was visiting from Texas.

We arrived with time to spare last Wednesday and were met at the dock at daylight by Capt. Glass who had been out catching live shad for bait. After a short trip to one of Glass’s favorite spots, we immediately began catching stripers (also known as rock fish). I happened to be the first to hook up and after a brief battle, boated a nice striper in the 20-pound range.

Capt. Glass has to be the hardest working guide on Cumberland. He kept all the lines baited, drove the boat, schooled us on striper fishing, netted our fish, and once back at the dock, filleted them. It was a real treat watching him in action.

As luck would have it, I hooked the second fish and passed the rod to Dwight who landed another keeper. Stripers must be at least 24 inches to keep.

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