Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Now THAT'S a Striper!!

Don't ever let anyone tell you there aren't big fish in the Ozarks!

Take a peek at the new Missouri state record for striped bass—60 plus pounds—caught on Bull Shoals Lake at the MO/AR border. Here is a Fox News article on the catch with all the details. Apparently the fish was caught from the bank and not a boat.

I can't help but chuckle with fond memories of my late Uncle Ernie, my fishing buddy. We spent years fishing together twice a year on Lake Charles in AR. Those days sadly came to an end in 2007 when he got sick, and my folks back home began to decline in health making the journeys impossible. But the funny - Ernie hated stripers with a passion. He was a crappie fisherman through and through. He was mad at Fish and Game for stocking stripers, and believed they served no other purpose but to eat crappie fingerlings. If he saw this picture, he might cuss. But he'd also congratulate the fisherman on landing such a monster.

I'm also reminded of another funny. Ernie and I were coming in off the lake one evening when I noticed a rod and reel I had baited up at the pier bowed nearly in half. We got the pole and went back out in the lake to land whatever it was, and it turned out to be an enormous buffalo. Rough fish like buffalo, carp, etc. were never admitted catches. I took a picture of it on the pier, and Ernie said he never wanted to see it again.

Of course, when I got home, I had to show my cousin Paul, also a fishing buddy of Ernie's when he was able. Paul is sadly no longer with us, and was in the hospital when I took the picture of the buffalo to show him. I told Paul, "Ernie says he doesn't want to see this again." Paul put the picture in his pocket and replied, "Well, he's gonna see it again." We laughed.

Oh, do I miss those days. Someday, Lord willing, I'll be able to go back.

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