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Fishing for trout from a chair by the Cumberland River
The red folding chair near the edge of the wide Cumberland River at the Banks Street boat ramp caught my eye. It turned out to belong to Mr. Carl Carey, a friendly, knowledgeable, lifetime fisherman. He patiently stopped for a brief visit while keeping an eye on his two lines that disappeared in the swirling currents about 20-30 feet out in the water.
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By Ed & Linda Waggener
For those not so familiar with the Cumberland River boat ramp just a few blocks from the square in Burkesville, it was hard to know if the red folding chair at the water's edge were occupied, by whom, and just why.
For most in the community, most who use the Banks Street ramp, and those fortunate enough to know the man in the chair, they know that some intense and highly productive action - almost in slow motion - is going on here, and there are frequent changes of scene.
The friendly, knowledgeable fisherman is Mr. Carl Carey, a proud lumberman at Johnny Rich's mill in Marrowbone, KY, where he's worked for 12 years, turning planks. Here at his favorite avocation, fishing, at almost regular intervals he's up tending to the business at hand.
The work includes recasting the line to get about 20-30 feet out toward the rolling current. He's also got to be hauling them in, moving his operation closer to the ramp when boats are launching, and watching "the tide come in" when more water is released a way upstream at Wolf Creek Dam. In a single session he might have to move at intervals over a distance of some 12-15 feet.
Mostly due to the limitations posted on Bank Street overlooking the boat ramp, Carl Carey' s main primary catch, he says, are Rainbow Trout. There are more of them, he says, but Brown Trout are just as good. They're both prepared the same way, in filets, very lightly coated in flour, and pan fried.
This part of river also yields a lot of catfish and suckers. Catfish is an acknowledged Cumberland River delicacy. Suckers, not so highly prized by those not knowledgeable, are really tasty, prepared the right way, and are one of Carl's favorite foods.
This story was posted on 2017-04-15 08:11:18
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