Old fishing tackle still fools big bass

Scott Platt used antique fishing tackle to land a 7-pound bass on a recent trip to a small conservation-area lake in northwest Missouri.
Scott Platt used antique fishing tackle to land a 7-pound bass on a recent trip to a small conservation-area lake in northwest Missouri. Submitted photo

Scott Platt of Kansas City caught a big bass the old-fashioned way in early May.

Fishing with antique tackle on a small conservation area lake in northwest Missouri, he landed a largemouth that weighed 7 pounds and measured 231/4 inches.

That was the biggest bass Platt ever caught, but it didn’t come easily. After the big largemouth hit it made a run, then headed under the boat. But Platt finally subdued the giant and landed it with the help of his father, Warren.

All the equipment Platt was using was made in the 1930s or earlier. He fought the fish with a Pfluegger Supreme reel, a Heddon Pal steel rod and a Creek Chub Midget Darter topwater lure.

It wasn’t the first time he caught a big fish with the antique equipment. In fact, it’s about all he uses these days. He picked up a passion for using old-time tackle from his father, who has long collected and fished with antique equipment.

To prove that his catch was no fluke, Scott caught another big one, this fish 5 pounds, about a week later.

All systems go for Memorial Day weekend

Despite the heavy rains and water rises at many Kansas City area reservoirs, the show will go on for fishermen, boaters and campers over the Memorial Day weekend.

In fact, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said recreation users wouldn’t notice much change from normal at all.

At Perry Lake near Topeka, where the water level is 7 feet above normal, campgrounds and other facilities are in good shape and ready for the traditional start of the camping season. The same is true at Tuttle Creek Lake near Manhattan, Kan., where the water was 10 feet high less than two weeks ago but has fallen to less than 1 foot high now, thanks to heavy water releases.

“I checked campgrounds this (Thursday) morning, and they’re fine,” said Brian McNulty, operations manager at Tuttle Creek for the Corps of Engineers. “We’ve had a window here where we’ve been able to release a lot of water, and that’s helped.”

An eye on the walleye

Milford Lake near Junction City, Kan., will be in the national eye next week when 370 walleye fishermen travel to Kansas for the Cabela’s National Team Championship.

The 185 teams, who qualified by doing well in local tournaments sanctioned by the Walleye Federation, compete May 28 to 30 on Milford.

At stake: more than $274,000 in cash and prizes. The winning two-person team will take home $30,000 in cash and a Ranger boat and Evinrude motor valued at $68,000.

The entire field will compete the first two days of the tournament for a spot in the championship round, which will feature the top 25 teams.

Weigh-ins will begin at 3 p.m. daily at Milford State Park Marina.

Wyandotte dedication

The late Gene and Verla Richardson, who ran Wyandotte Lake Marina from 1955 to 1972, will be remembered.

A bench was dedicated in their memory Sunday in front of the boat house, where the couple used to sit. Family and friends attended the ceremony.

Gene Richardson was a game warden on the lake before he and his wife bought the marina.

To reach outdoors editor Brent Frazee, call 816-234-4319 or send email to bfrazee@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @fishboybrent.