|Fall Conference News
News: From president Tom Clay
Hi As we turn the corner of
another year I want to reflect on our KOPA adventure this fall at Cave Run.
A small, but still adventurous group that enjoys swapping stories and doing whatever
they can to hang on to the love of the outdoors. This is the first time that I have
been to the lake without the presents of David (Crash) Mullins, yet I could still
feel his whereabouts with every cast for the big musky. Crash was a great guide & friend,
but I truly feel that he would be the first to say "Life goes on Hoss, enjoy it".
Now, new adventures await us & I feel that 2016 will be a terrific year &
I look forward to seeing it through the eyes of the great outdoors.
I would very much like to see KOPA grow this next year and pick up a few
old face's that have not be around in quite awhile. Happy New Year to all!!!!
See you in the woods or on the water...tc
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Update from the Secretary:
A lot has happened since the fall meeting, and it
had delayed this newsletter; however, I want to ensure all of you that KOPA is alive and well.
We had a great meeting. The auction was fun as usual. I want to thank both Remington and Mossberg
for the Shot guns. If you missed this meeting, you missed a chance to pick up a gun at a way
under the price you could buy it anywhere else. The same goes for a ton of fishing gear,
hunting gear and outdoor cooking accessories, KOPA is grateful for our wonderful sponsors.
Minute of the last meeting:
The KOPA annual business meeting was called to order by President Tom Clay at 1:35 in the afternoon of Oct. 10th 2015.
Tom, then said a few words about the passing of David Crash Mullins, Crash was a member of
KOPA, and he passed away after a long battle with cancer.
Tom then called on Wanda Clay the treasure of KOPA for a report on KOPA finances she then reported
that KOPA she broke down all expenditures and incoming, and she reported that we had one
unusual reimbursement of 350.00 to Donna Patrick because she was unable to acquire the gun
she had bought at the auction the year before she reported an ending balance of 9,940.62
at that time Chris Erwin made a motion that the treasure's report be accepted as read.
The motion was seconded by Bob Danner, and the motion carried.
Tom Clay then asked Chris Erwin for the minutes of the last meeting to be read into
the record after the reading Soc Clay made a motion that the minutes be accepted as
read the motion was second by Tom Clay and the motion was carried.
At that time, Tom went over new business, including the website at that discussion,
Wanda asked about the policy of KOPA in reference to sending flowers to members or
family that have passed. After some discussion, we decided to develop a KOPA card
to be sent to members and family of members.
Then Wanda Clay brought up our continued committed to send a kid to camp…
Soc Clay then made the motion that we send one kid to summer camp. Bob Danner
seconds the motion and the motion carried.
Tom then asked for any other new business, Chris Erwin made a motion that we pay
all outstanding bills the motion was seconded and the motion was carried.
We also had a discussion on Soc writing everyone before each meeting to try to
get as an accurate number of people coming as possible.
We also had some discussion on thanking all the people that sent us items for the auction.
A motion was made to retain all officers holding office now until next year
the motion was seconded by Wanda Clay, and the motion was carried.
Soc Clay made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 2:25 Oct. 10 2015 the motion was
seconded by Chris Erwin, and the motion was carried.
I hope to see you at the next meeting until then Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Kentucky Angling News Magazine
Outdoor Editor for the Greater Ashland Beacon
Secretary of the Kentucky Outdoor Press Association
Author of Camping Kentucky
Co-Host of the"Outdoor Show"WGLC 105.7 Kookhits Radio
KOPA memberships are due on January 1 of each year. KOPA starts collecting dues at the
annual fall meeting for the upcoming year. If you didn't attend the meeting or haven't
mailed in your dues. We are collecting them now.
Dues have not changed they are $10.00 and $20.00 for supporting members. You can send them to.
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In this issue:
• News from the President
• Secretary Report
• Dues Notice
• Soc Clay
• After the Splash
KOPA Website Links
• Home Page
• Members Page
• KOPA Blog
• Supporting members
How about a good reason to attend the conference
2015 KOPA Auction
Folks, I have been attending outdoor media annual meetings since the
mid-1960s. I've never gone to one that didn't profit me both in
entertainment and advanced knowledge of our business.
KOPA is much like the Outdoor Writers of America (OWAA) meeting general cost about $1,000,
depending on travel cost. I've seen enterprisingly member's chunk half or
more of the expense away by choosing lower cost hotels in the area of
the meeting, sharing a room or a ride or striking a tent and having
double the fun. The rewards are high. The ability to share information
with some of the best in the business is invaluable. Gaining friend's that
lasts a lifetime- who are in your business is tremendous.
The big boys
are places where you can touch base with leaders of the outdoor
industry, check out the latest trends in what works in the business, how
it's trending. These meeting put you right in the middle of it!
KOPA is not yet large enough to attract many supporting members, though
one or two may show up on their own. However, look at the other rewards. Where
else can you attend a media meeting that is damn-near free! Where else
can you hop-non with the likes of Chris Erwin, author, writer,
photographer, computer guru and one of the better anglers to hold a rod.
What about Tom Clay. Tom spend six years in Nashville learning the
entertainment business. He now applies that knowledge to his TV, Radio,
advertising and speaking engagements. Chatting with these members is a
first-class experience. Look at G.Sam Piatt and Soc Clay, who have a
combined 100 years in active photojournalism. Perhaps two of the most
shiftily acclaimed outdoor talents in the world!
If you believe that KOPA is not the right station for you. We understand
and encourage you to look elsewhere. KOPA brags it is one of the
smallest, but one of the most professional organizations in America. We
ask that you make every attempt to attend our annual meeting. The
leadership of SEOPA must prepare for the possibility you will show up.
That means, food, housing, entertainments, guises, etc., It must be
arranged for those who come.
If you really hope to become a professional outdoor communicator,
myself and the other faithful members of KOPA wish, you give you a warm
welcome at our next gathering.
After the Splash
If you are a regular reader of this column, you know I took an unwanted dip in Cave Run
Lake last week. While I drown my phone, I hit in the water wearing enough clothes
to turn me into a human anchor. And picking up a few new nick names from my fellow writers;
I decided it wasn't going to stop me from getting on the water and catching fish.
On Sunday after the KOPA conference, I headed back to what my family calls Littlebear
Fish Camp. I would be staying here the rest of the week, and I had a few things planned.
To begin with my old friend Larry Kitchen would be coming on Monday and staying until Tuesday.
Then on Wednesday and Thursday I would be fishing with my Daughter Christy Thomas, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
I would be fishing with my son Scott Erwin.
The weather forecast was up and down some good weather and two cold fronts one at the beginning of the
week and one at the end of the week. Knowing this it was obvious the fishing wasn't going to be
stable, and it was going to take work to staying on top of what would catch fish.
I picked up Larry at the Poping Rock Ramp Monday morning, after storing away some gear we went
up the river to try our luck. It didn't take long to realize it was going to be a challenge;
the wind was blowing our boat around like a toy boat in a wind storm.
We both believed the fish (Bass) were going to be on the channel trees, and we felt
the Muskie was going to be on flats and points in shallow water near deep water.
Why we felt this way was because of the dropping water, and the knowledge that
these fish would start focusing on shad instead of crawfish and other bait near
the bank. As it turns out, we were half right; the Muskie was exactly where we
thought they would be. However, the bass were scattered some feeding around
fallen trees near the bank, and some were out on the tree lines in deep water
where we had caught them in years past during this time of the year.
Over the week, I would catch fish with everyone I got to fish with, and they all
caught fish as well. When it comes to bass, we just count fish; it's sort of a
competition the fish are the winners; we just count how many we each catch,
taking pictures of fish over 16 inches (to have something to show you),
and we release them as we catch them.
The Muskie if we are lucky enough to catch any, they get measured, photograph
and released. For the sake of space and going over all the people I had in the
boat, I just want to highlight a couple of fish to give you an idea how we
were catching them.
Over the course of the week totaling all the bass, we managed to catch about 97
bass, only eight would be over 16 inches, the top of the Cave Run Lake Slot.
The balance would be between 10-16 most of which were in the slot 13-16.
In the Muskie department, we caught nine, five of which were juvenile fish in
the 19-25-inch class the other four were 44, 43, 43, and 38 inches.
The bass were caught on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastic
bait called a beaver.
The bass during the cold fronts moved down in the water column, and we caught
them on the Beaver. On the sunny days, we caught them on the spinnerbaits and
crankbaits. All but two of the Muskie was caught on Crankbaits (small crankbaits
on eight-inch steel leaders) fishing around laydown trees.
I was fishing with Kitchen when I caught the 44 incher, and if it wasn't for
Larry, the first one would have never made it to the net. I was using a bass
crankbait no leader when I hook this fish. It ran straight at me and under
the boat, I just held on to my 17lb line and let the fish plow… then I felt
it coming up, and I know it was going to break the water, Larry was standing
on the rod-locker waiting to see it. When it exploded right in front of him…
he let out a war-hoop. What-a-fish he yelled! Then he said, "What did you
hook it on"? I responded, that little crankbait no leader. He looked up at
me… we ain't getting that fish in, he said, with this grin from ear to
ear. Then the fish broke the water again right next to the boat; Kitchen
quickly slid the net under her, and she drove down into it, whew… I felt
a rush of relief; it took both of us to lift her in.
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