July 17, 2014

It took a team effort to land this giant catfish

Flathead wouldn’t fit in the net, so three fishermen had to wrestle it into the boat at Truman Lake.

Catch of the week

When you catch a catfish so big that it won’t fit in the net, you know you have something special.

Take it from Rick Adams of Harrisonville.

Running trotlines with his son, Drake, and his friend Jeff Hake, he experienced one of those moments July 5 at Truman Lake.

“When Drake went to lift the line, that fish went straight down and almost took Drake with him,” Adams said with a laugh. “That’s when we knew we had a monster.”

Adams got the flathead catfish’s head in the net, but the rest of him wouldn’t fit. It took all three fishermen to wrestle the giant into the boat.

They later weighed the fish at 53 pounds, just short of the biggest catfish Adams has ever caught.

“I’ve been running lines for 20 years,” he said. “I had an older friend who got me into it.

“We’d come down to Truman to run trotlines and limb lines, but we never really got anything big. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I caught one 55 pounds,” Adams said.

They were running a trotline baited with small panfish that they had set along a bluff in the Grand River arm.

“We were using perch (panfish) that we had caught right before we baited the hooks,” Adams said. “We always like to catch our bait in the area where we set the lines so that it will look natural to the catfish.”

This trip was special in one other way. Drake was taking his first turn at removing the fish from the hooks. He already had two blue cats and one channel when he reached the hook with the big catfish on it.

“I think Drake was pretty impressed with how hard these fish can fight,” Adams said. “He had his hands full.”

Missouri lakes cited

Truman Lake and Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri’s giants, made the list of Fishhound.com’s top 50 crappie waters in the nation.

In the rankings, announced recently by the website, Truman was ninth and Lake of the Ozarks was 31st.

Truman was cited by researchers for its “classic crappie lake looks” and it’s everyman appeal.

“Even guys who do not understand electronics can rely on their eyes and still do well,” one expert said.

Grenada Lake in Mississippi was chosen as the top crappie lake in the nation. No Kansas reservoirs made the elite listing.

Getting back to basics

Hey, parents, want your kids to experience the fun of fishing the old-fashioned way?

The Missouri Department of Conservation is putting on a Cane Pole Fishin’ clinic July 25 at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs.

The program, which will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., is for children ages 6 to 8. Registration is required. Call 816-228-3766 to reserve a spot.

World record fish

There is a new entry in the fishing world-record book.

The International Game Fish Association has recognized a 10.48-pound spotted bass caught by Keith Bryan at New Melones Reservoir in California as the all-tackle record.

Bryan, president of Powell Rods of Novato, Calif., caught the bass Feb. 22 while fishing in a two-day tournament. He lured the fish on a wacky-rigged Senko in 10 feet of water.

Time to think hunting

The application period for special hunts sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is now open.

Hunters can find a list of hunts and application blanks by going to the website ksoutdoors.com and clicking Hunting/Special Hunts Information. Drawings will be Aug. 11 for September and October hunts, and Sept. 29 for hunts from October through January.

To reach Brent Frazee, The Star’s outdoors editor, call 816-234-4319 or send email to bfrazee@kcstar.com.

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