Be careful with email addresses

G. Sam Piatt - PDT Columnist

I don’t know whether they planned to do any bass fishing, but a Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during the icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife to fly down the following day.

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife

Subject: I’ve Arrived

Date: Jan. 16, 2017

I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P.S. You won’t believe how hot it is down here.


Here’s a response to outdoor sports-related questions posed recently by readers:

Can largemouth bass continue to be caught from area lakes throughout the winter?

Largemouth will feed well until the water temperatures drop into the mid-40s, which doesn’t happen until January.

With colder weather and water, bass move from the weed edges and mud flats in coves and creek arms to drop into the first available creek channel.

Deep-running chrome crankbaits worked around the edges of the underwater creek channels can prove deadly.

Later in the season, as ice begins to form on lakes, bass move in schools into the deepest parts of the lakes, because the deeper water is where the warmest water is. The colder water rises to the top, leaving the warmer water down there. Drop a jig and grub right on the fish’s nose and he’ll strike.

When the ice gets a safe four or five inches thick, drilling a hole and fishing a lure in that manner will continue to produce.

One thing for certain, wintertime fishermen enjoy a lot of solitude on their favorite lake.

What’s the history on Ohio’s white-tailed deer?

Ohio’s first modern day deer-gun season opened in 1943 in three counties, where hunters killed 168 deer. In 1956, deer hunting was allowed in all 88 counties and hunters killed 3,911 deer during a one-week season.

Now the kill generally tops 200,000 per year for modern gun, muzzleloader and archery seasons.

What’s some of the history on Carter Caves State Resort Park?

The caves of Carter County, formed by underground streams cutting their way through limestone, wind their way back through the region’s history for more than 200 years.

During the War of 1812, miners entered one of them to extract saltpetre, the major ingredient of gunpowder.

Tours of the caves never became a paying business until after 1924, when J.F. Lewis Sr. bought the land where the state park stands today. He bought it for the timber, but soon realized people would come from far and wide to explore the mysterious caves.

After Lewis’ death, the state eventually took over operations.

What’s the best way to get there?

From Ashland, at Olive Hill take Exit 161 off Interstate 64 and follow signs for five miles along Ky.182 to the park entrance, on your left.

From Portsmouth, take Ky. 7 out of South Shore and follow it and Ky. 2 for about 35 miles to Ky. 182. Take it for about five miles to the entrance of the park, on your right.


Who’s Soc Clay?

I think everybody around here knows the answer to that. He’s the former New Boston steel mill worker who taught himself to use a typewriter and a camera and turned it into a lucrative 50-year career writing for outdoor magazines across the land.

Clay, who lives in Fern Hollow four miles from me, next week will be inducted into the National Legends of the Fly Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will be held Feb. 3 at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show at the Infinity Energy Center.

It’s the third national hall of fame Soc has been honored to become a member of. In 2003 he was named to the Legends of the Outdoors in a Nashville ceremony, and before that inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Wisconsin as a legendary journalist.

G. Sam Piatt

PDT Columnist

Reach G. SAM PIATT at or (606) 932-3619.

Reach G. SAM PIATT at or (606) 932-3619.