A day before last week's deluge, I hit the Tchefuncte River system with Jeff Bruhl, a Madisonville resident who has been fishing the waterway since Lyndon B. Johnson was president.

Foolishly, I agreed to a one-boat challenge pitting myself against Bruhl to see who could land the heaviest cumulative weight of a single spotted bass (called Kentuckys locally), single crappie and single largemouth bass.

We had great success with all three species (or at least one of us did), and in the process, revealed to viewers of the Marsh Man Masson YouTube channel how to catch a bunch of fish and avoid the spring winds that have been blowing daily like nature's box fan.

The loser of the battle (wonder who that was?) had to surrender a valuable piece of fishing equipment, but the fast action salved the pain of the loss.

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