Should we winterize our motors?

November 23, 2013

G. Sam Piatt

All right, you parents, listen up. Here comes the information you’ve been waiting for with baited – er, bated — breath.

Put on the coffee pot. Turn off the TV set. Get the kids off the computer and take away their iPhones.

Gather the family around the kitchen table.

It’s time for the George Samuel Peaott mid-November fishing report.

—The Ohio River is running high and over the fishing pier at the Greenup Dam.

—Streams are high and unfishable.

And that’s about it for this week.

Some folks laugh at me when I talk about fishing in November and December. Most sane fishermen have winterized their boats and stored their fishing gear until spring.

I never winterize my boat. I keep it ready for the sauger runs that could be ready to go at any time in November and December, when water conditions are right.

But I can understand why some associate fishing only with the warm and comfortable conditions of spring and summer. Perhaps that’s as it should be.

Earlier this month fishermen were standing on the concrete pier below the Greenup Dam and enjoying good catches of sauger and hybrids.

Yesterday, however, not a fisherman could be found in the area as recent rains pushed the river up over the pier to where just the railings were above water.


Deer hunters were still at it yesterday and today in Kentucky, where the 16-day gun season will end just after sundown today.

Ohio’s seven-day gun season for white-tailed deer is set to open Monday week.

In my family, it’s usually me who brings home the bacon. My oldest son, Kelly Joe, brings home the venison.

You might remember last Sunday’s column was about, “Big bucks in the river bottoms.”

Kelly and his friend, Randy Clay, hit those bottoms on my four-wheeler Friday.

Kelly spotted this young buck coming toward him across a wide-open field. The field had been recently harvested of soybeans, and the deer was feeding on spilled beans left behind by the picker.

Even though Kelly was dressed in bright hunter orange, he stayed perfectly still and the deer kept moving toward him.

When it was 30 to 40 yards away, he rose up and dropped it in its tracks with one shot from my Ruger 77, which fires a Roberts .257 cartridge with great accuracy and knockdown power.


Kelly’s having the deer processed by Art Stewart of South Webster. His number is (740) 778-2336.

To reach his place, going out of Portsmouth on Ohio 140, pass South Webster and between mile posts 12 and 13 turn right on Bloom Furnace Road. Go one and one-half mile and look for his big white barn on the left.

One processor can’t handle all the business, of course, and if there are other deer processors who want their phone number and location published, pleas contact me at the information listed at the bottom of this column.

We’ll get it in Sunday Dec. 1.

G. SAM PIATT can be reached at (606) 932-3619 or Gsamwriter@aol.com.