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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
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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.


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Fishing for trout from a chair: Carl Carey & the Cumberland River



2017-04-14 - Banks Street, Burkesville, Cumberland County, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, Columbiamagazine.com(c) .
At first glimpse, for those not so familiar with the ramp on the Cumberland just a few blocks from the square in Burkesville, one could not be sure if the chair were occupied, by whom, and just why. For most in the community, most who use the ramp, and those fortunate enough to know Carl Carey, they know that some intense and highly productive action - almost in slow motion - is going on here, and there are frequent changes of scene. -- EW

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Fishing for trout from a chair: Carl Carey & the Cumberland River



2017-04-14 - The Boat Ramp off Banks Street, Burkesville, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, Columbiamagazine.com(c) .
The friendly knowledgeable man in the chair is 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. Above he's recast the line. 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 has to move at intervals over a distance of some 12-15 feet. -- EW

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Fishing for trout from a chair: rules and regs to fish by



2017-04-14 - Banks Street, Burkesville, Cumberland County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Mostly due to the limitations posted on Bank Street overlooking the boat ramp in downtown Burkesville, KY, 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, he says. 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. -- EW

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Fishing for trout from a chair: Carl Carey's gear and favored bait



2017-04-15 - Bank Street, Burkesville, Cumberland County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com photo(c).
Del Monte Whole Kernel corn is the preferred bait Carl Carey uses to land trout. He buys the premium corn, but says that other brands work as well. "Just has to be whole kernel," he says, "don't use creamed corn." Fishing gear is simple: Two workable and well used rod & reels.

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Fishing for trout from a chair: Carl Carey freely shares expertise



2017-04-15 - Bank Street, Burkesville, Cumberland County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
As a gazillion - approximately - gnats migrate up river in an unending flight, and as the rising Cumberland River crept higher and higher on the Boat Ramp, Carl Carey took a moment to share more about his fishing experiences. The gnats are a nuisance, and mosquitoes about. But he said in all his years fishing at the boat ramp, he's never seen a snake there, much less a dangerous one. The conversation was cut short at this point, a bit, as another fisherman was waiting for the photographer to move so he could launch his boat. - LW/EW

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