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News Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper November 01, 20 We reservoir small- mouth anglers are a weird lot. We dangle tiny little hair jigs under bobbers in air so cold ice forms in the guides of our rods. We think the best late fall fish- ing days feature leaden, low skies, light rain and highs in the 40s. With Halloween around the corner and the bracing morning air, most anglers stow their gear for the year. For reservoir smallmouth anglers, the season is just beginning on lakes such as Lake Cumberland, Laurel River Lake and the home of the world record small- mouth bass, Dale Hollow Lake. "I like now through spring, if you can stand the weather," said John Wil- liams, southeastern fish- ery district biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Re- sources. "Late fall through winter is a really good time as smallmouth bass are in great body condition. They are fat and sassy. These lakes are in good shape with their smallmouth pop- ulations: they are pretty consistent year to year." Water temperatures at these lakes range from the mid to high 60s, the beginning of perfect tem- peratures for smallmouth bass. ' rou can catch small- mouths right now, no mat- ter what time of day," said Chad Miles, an expert smallmouth angler who fishes Dale Hollow Lake regularly from late fall through spring. ' rou have a good chance to catch them on topwaters as well as jigs. We are still a little ahead of the peak for small- mouths, but it is on the way." On some early fall days, smallmouths herd baitfish against the surface of the lake and rip through them. Their churn looks like the top of an old school coffee percolator. "I actively look for jumps in early fall," said Hank Pat- ton, director of law enforce- ment for Kentucky Fish and W'fldlife. 'q'hey may be smaUmouth bass, spotted bass or even white bass. You never know." A silver casting spoon is one of the best lures for jump fishing because you can cast it into the next county. Blade baits such as the Silver Buddy also work well in this situation. Cast these lures into the jump and let them flutter down. The smallmouths usually hit the lure immediately. Bright, shimmering fall days are the best to enjoy a football game, but make for lousy reservoir small- mouth fishing. Skies so low they seem to bump into the hills are the best days to fish these highland fish." baits alSO score. impoundments for small- Grubs rigged on plain"I fish a tailsp'mer often mouths. A gentle rain is a old ball-shaped leadheads in late October and early bonus, still work remarkably well November on points," "Right now, they can for reservoir smallmouth Miles explained. 'rWhen be caught fairly shallow, bass. White, pumpkinseed, the water gets colder, I use especially on overcastgreen pumpkin and black heavy football jigs fished days" Williams explained, grubs all produce at this really slowly." "Knowing whether to fish time of year. Smallmouth Fluorocarbon lines in shallow or deep is one of jigs with smaller heads and to 8 pound test work really the things I struggle with 't in smallmouth fishing. Williams recalled a late October trip on Laurel Riv- er Lake a few years ago. He caught two smallmouths over 20 inches long in just a few minutes by swimming a 4-inch white curly-tailed grub across a channel drop in about 15 feet of water. This depth is fairly shallow on this air-clear lake. "It was misty and over- cast in the morning when I caught those nice small- mouths," Williams said. "Later in the day, the mist burned off and it cleared up. We didn't catch another with shorter, less dense sil- well for fall reservoir fish- icone skirts or 1/4-ounce ing. These lakes possess hair jigs in combinations of some of the clearest water green, brown and orange in Kentucky and the tealth work well. A smallmouth offered by fluoroqarbon angler would rarely make line produces results. Fluo- a mistake by choosing a rocarbon lines als0 stretch blackjig, less, allowing forbetter Fish these lures across hook sets, and the . den- or along channel drops and sity increases sensitivity. down the sides of points in Serenity, especially on a rhythmic retrieve, weekdays,is an dded "I fish secondary points benefit of fall and Mnter in the creeks at this time smallmouth fishing.] "It is of year," Patton said. "I also a peaceful time of ydar for like undei'water humps as fishing," Williams Said. well." 'rYou rarely see other boats Jigs and grubs are good and that makes it all the lure choices to fish these better." areas, but faster moving I By John Goepel, AAA Crashes cfiused by inattentive drivers are nothing new. Cell phones are the latest distraction. Falling asleep at the wheel may be the ulti- mate failure to pay atten- tion, but drivers who are adjusting the radio, try- hag to discipline small children, or holding cell phones to their ears also contribute to the ac- cident rate. And inatten- tive driving is a major cause of collisions: The National Highway Traf- fic Safety Administra- tion (NHTSA) says that it's involved in at least a quarter of all crashes. Cell phones as a problem The latest, most vis- ible, and most contro- versial source of driver in-attention is the hand- held cell phone. For many motorists, to see another driver talking on the phone is to see red. Cell phones have been available for 20 at Total Care Pharmacy! Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00am to 3:30pm 25% off all gifts, door prizes, and @ietures,Mth 9 ,m ta at.the Street location from 10 am-2 pm. IZ years and are now ev- erywhere--the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Associa- tion says there are 137 million subscribers in the United States. Cell phone use by drivers has become very common: According to NHTSA, at any given moment of the day, 500,000 drivers of passenger vehicles are talking on handheld cell phones. This adds up to a lot of miles driven by people who are not necessar- ily giving their full at- tention to driving. And handheld phones aren't the only culprits: The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that use of hands-free phones also contributes to inattention. Legislation to address the perceived hazard of cell phone, use behind states, New York and California have passed a law banning the use of handheld cell phones for drivers, although other states are consid- ering similar laws. Cell phones as a ben- ,efit Even though the improper use of cell phones is a hazard, the news about them isn't all negative. For example, properly used, phones in cars can mean secu- rity when you're on the road. If you need direc- tions, want to report a dangerous condition, or need Emergency Road Service (ERS), a cell phone can be your best friend Cell phone safety Phone calls made from the driver's seat contribute to collisions. It's easy to be distracted for a few seconds by ',_ _-= -- -ntiating orby aheated passed in many places. Australia, Austria, Ger- many, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Russia, and Switzerland have all re- stricted cell phone use by drivers. In the United States, bills to restrict cell phone use in cars have been introduced in both the House and the Senate. Among the conversation. And when you're going 60 miles per hour, in only three seconds you travel near- ly the length of a foot- ball field. The primary job of a driver is safety. If you must make an extended phone call, pull off the road and park in a safe place. AAA also rec- omme'nds you not use your cell phone while driving. However, if you must call when behind the wheel AAA sug- gests: Recognize that driv- ing requires your full at- tention. Before you get into the car, become familiar with the phone's fea- tures. Use the phone only if it's absolutely neces- sary. Use the phone only when and where it's safe to do so. Ask a passenger to place the call for you and to do the talking. Keep the call short. Tell the person at the other end that you're driving. Get off the phone as soon as possible---es- pecially in traffic or bad weather'. ................ --~--- -~ ..... Don't combine a phone conversation with other distractions. Secure your phone so it doesn't become a projectile in a crash. Stephanie Stewart, Di- rector of the Bath Coun- ty Emergency Manage- ment Office, provided this public service an- nouncement. In collaboration with the local EMS, Heart to Heart, a heart failure community outreach program at Bourbon Community Hospital is specially designed for you and your caregivers to help manage your failure and improve your quali You will have access to pharmacists EMS personnel who can help answer c management. Are you managing the care of a loved one with heart failure? This program offers support, tips for handling care, and a chance to meet others in similiar situations. Are you interested in maintainin This program offers 1 to share thoughts, ideas, l experiences between those living with managing your medication regimen? Bring us your medications and we will help you understand taking them and address any qudstions or concerns you may have. 2ndTuesday each month 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Bourbon CommunitytHospital CoPwnuifity --R- oom Hopewell Medical Complex Lower Level - Suite G 8 Linville COMMUNITY H( Quality Care... ask someone who's been there/ For more information or to register for thi, FREE program Paris~Bourbon Emergency Medical Services f