When Buster Loving IV caught a 53-pound striper in June at Bull Shoals Lake, he kept his trophy catch to have it mounted.
“I thought, ‘I’ll never catch another one bigger than this,’” said Loving, 19, who lives in Rockaway Beach, Mo.
A day later, he proved himself wrong. Fishing on the upper end of the giant Ozarks reservoir, Loving landed a 58-pound striper. He decided to keep that fish, too, to have a mount to remind him of two of the best nights of fishing he has ever experienced.
His tale started when he asked the dad of a friend, Billy Pollard, to take him striper fishing.
“He’s known as the Striper King around here,” Loving said. “About all he fishes for is stripers. He catches some huge fish.
“I had never fished for them, so I wanted to learn how to do it.”
The two fished at night and were getting ready to leave when Loving heard his reel start to sing as a big fish took off with the shad he was using as bait. He landed the giant fish and celebrated what he thought was the fish of a lifetime.
Loving and a friend, Gage Holub, returned the following night and the fishing got even better. Loving landed stripers weighing 58, 42, and 34 pounds, and Holub caught one that weighed 48 pounds.
But that’s not the end of this story. Loving told his dad, well-known Ozarks guide Buster Loving, about the hot fishing, and dad got in on the action too. He caught a 48-pound striper days later.
The hot fishing has since tailed off as Bull Shoals’ water level has soared to 31 feet above normal. But the Lovings won’t soon forget a few nights of Ozark fishing at its best.
Archery Classic set
Bow hunters who are already dreaming about cool fall days will get a brief respite from a hot summer when they attend Cabela’s Archery Classic this weekend at the Kansas City, Kan., store.
The event will feature a 3D-target archery tournament starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, and a full slate of seminars beginning at 10 a.m. Topics will include choosing the right bow, game-camera options, scent-control tips, tree-stand safety, the use of feeders, camouflage options and ground-blind hunting. Seminars also will be held Sunday.
Exhibits by nationally known archery companies, guest appearances by top bow hunters, and family activities will be included in the archery event.
NRA event starts this weekend
Bass Pro Shops across the nation, including the ones in Independence and Olathe, will be play host to NRA Freedom Days this weekend and Aug. 1-2.
The highlight of Freedome Days will be seminars on: the basics of competition shooting; women and self-defense; gun safety in the home and more. Seminars will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and Aug. 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 2.
A Kids Corner feature this weekend will teach kids safety skills and the basics of shooting and hunting. Sessions will start at 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
New CWD discoveries in Kansas
Ten new cases of chronic wasting disease, a fatal and transmissible ailment that affects deer, were discovered in Kansas during the 2014-15 season.
A total of 640 deer were tested, and two mule deer and eight whitetails tested positive. The whitetails included two from Decatur County, and one each from Norton, Meade, Hodgeman, Pawnee, Kearney and Gray counties.
Seventy-four deer have tested positive for CWD since Kansas began its screening program in 1996. Most have occurred in the northwest part of the state.
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