It has been there a while, Paris Landing State Park. I have stayed there on a few occasions.
It is a great base for crappie fishing on KY Lake, holding a conference or just a family getaway. I stayed while crappie fishing with Dr. Jimmy Morris and his dad, I have stayed there for a couple meetings of Tennessee Outdoor Writers Association (TOWA).
I have never been disappointed.
I was there April 27-30 for just such a conference. TOWA met for their annual gathering and I went.
I fished with Jerry Strain, a pro-staffer for Lowrance electronics and boy, would Mark Campbell have had a ball with Jerry's television sets.
Yes, we caught fish. Trust me, fishing Kentucky Lake is not like a morning jaunt on Old Hickory.
There was a bit of a breeze maybe 20 mph. I climbed in Jerry's big, Triton, deep breather with a 650 horse engine and grabbed hold of every handle I could find.
As we left the launch ramp at Paris Landing, a lot of boats were launching for either a tournament or pre-fishing for a tournament. Lots of pretty boats and clothes. Within seconds, we were bouncing down the lake at about 120-MPH with all $12,000 worth of electronics telling us where to go.
The fishing was tough. Bass were up shallow in the bushes and flipping was the best technique.
Unfortunately, I don't flip. But I was not to be outdone. I soldiered on. Then it started raining and the wind really got up.
Long story short, Jerry put two bass in the boat and lost one and I put one in the boat and let 15-20 spit it out cause I didn't want to ruin it for the tournament guys.
Jerry, a retired state police captain, is a wizard with boat electronics. He has a unique plan. He guides boat owners with Lowrance electronics for a trip to teach them how to use the equipment.
In a future column, I'll cover that in depth but believe me, it will save you a lot of time. He will set your equipment up for you and teach you how to get the most benefit from it.
You can call or email Jerry at 731-333-0321 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Money back if not fully satisfied. You can't beat that.
My room at the Park Inn was equipped with everything I could ask for. The amenities are just what I have come to expect at a Tennessee State Park.
The rooms, large, clean and comfortable and the food in their dining room was just superb. What a great place for a family escape weekend.
They offer a wide range of activities from fishing to a great golf course and a lot more. We were there during the weekend of the annual "World's Biggest Fish Fry & Rodeo" in Paris and I spoke with folks from all over the country who had been coming to the Paris Landing for many years. Saturday night, our keynote speaker was Bob Martineau, the Commissioner of Environment and Conservation.
They oversee the state parks. I'll sum his talk up as very interesting and informative. I appears there is a lot I have been missing at our state parks.
They were also having a meeting and competition of law enforcement K-9 dogs and officers from most states were there with their dogs. I even talked with a pretty, young officer from M'boro. She had a dandy bloodhound with her. I wish I had taken Libby.
The best I could tell, there were three big fishing tournaments going on.
The folks from the crappie organization were fighting the high water and wind and Anhauser Busch had a major bass tournament going on and there was some sort of huge, buddy tournament starting Saturday morning. It is a good thing the Paris Landing launch ramp and facilities is big enough and modern enough to handle all the boats, trucks and trailers with ease.
So, it was a great three-day getaway for me. Caught some fish, won a couple awards, met some new interesting folks and even had a pickin and grinning session, Saturday night.
I'm telling you straight. If you are looking for a weekend away from the normal, take a close look at one of the Tennessee State Parks. They will treat you right.
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