Today was a day of good fortune so
to speak. We got a
jump start on Day #13
the night before when we rolled into Warsaw, Missouri. After checking the weather
concluded that we needed to try to get on the water that night and beat
early morning thunderstorms that were heading our way.
Fortunately our guide, Anthony Ford,
intercepted our phone call and was available to go out that evening. We
Anthony around 8PM and by 9PM we were on Lake
of the Ozarks trying to catch shad, our bait fish.
If fished for catfish hundreds of
times, but never blue cats which act entirely different. These fish do some sort of
slimming exercise with their bodies and tail long before they ever
eat your bait. As a
result your poles are
bouncing and twitching all night.
times every one of our 6 rods was bouncing up and down as if there was
sort of underwater disco going on.
when they hit the bait you knew it.
would hammer the shad, some pushing a half pound themselves, and hook
themselves in the process. Your
to hold on from that point on.
We caught a half dozen night cats,
the best of the night with a beautiful 14 pounder.
After some photos we released him for another
fisherman to enjoy his fight another day.
After about 5 hours on the water
we called it a night and headed back in.
The lights went off in our RV around 2:30AM. We awoke at
8:30AM and set our course for Lawrence,
would be meeting my father, mother, uncle, aunt, brother and family,
friends for a small mid-journey BBQ before departing around 9PM for
Reservoir in Kansas
where we would fish on Day #14. Tomorrow
we will tackle the emphasis hybrid White-Striped Bass which are known