Ray

Small Water Bassin'

Over the weekend, I had the privilege to fish a 30 acre private lake in west-central Missouri. For most of us it was ponds, creeks, and other smaller bodies of water where we honed our craft and nurtured our passion for fishing. It had been years since I had been on a small lake so when I got the invitation, I jumped at the chance. My long-time friend Dave hooked me up with his friends Jimmy and…


Spoon Fed Bass

It's one of the more overlooked baits to catch bass. A jigging spoon. With ned rigs and drop shot rigs so popular these days, a jigging spoon has lost favor with a lot of fisherman. Despite being one the best ways to catch fish, a vertical jigging spoon doesn't get as much attention as it deserves. Anytime bass, or any game fish really, are keyed on shad a spoon fluttering down in front of them…


Kids Fishing Fun Day Was Awesome!

It's was a great morning of fishing at this year's 43rd Annual Kid's Fishing Fun Day at Rutledge-Wilson Park! Saturday's event is sponsored by the Southwest Regional Office of the Missouri Department of Conservation and takes place at the stocked pond at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park.  Kids learn about different types of fish and how to cast, and may catch and keep up to three fish. There's nothing…


Current Means, White Bass Fishing

The timing of this years spring rain wasn't ideal. In late April, just when the crappie where setting up to move to the bank, the storms and heavy rains hit the Ozarks! Area lakes rose several feet in a matter of days! And for most of us who waited all winter for the crappie spawn, were disappointed things didn't go as we had it planned. And as they say, what goes up, must come down, and area…


Brent Cobb "Songwriter-Singer"

It was another great show at the Midnight Rodeo! Brent Cobb thrilled the crowd Thursday evening singing his songs that seem to connect with the fans in a very personal way. Those in attendance seemed to know all the words to every song Brent sang! Being from rural south Georgia, and raised in a small Southern Baptist church, music was everything for the young Brent Cobb. Having written his first…


Gasconade River Smallmouth!

Having cut my teeth wading creeks as a kid, fishing moving water has always held a special place in my heart. Don't get me wrong, I love fishing our Ozark lakes as much as the next guy, but there's something special about river fishing. The current, downed trees, shade, water color and other variables preset a different set of challenges than fishing a lake. Casting accuracy is imperative for…


The Cadillac Three Rocked The Rodeo!

If you know, you know! For those who have been fans of The Cadillac Three for some time know how great this band is! Since the release of their debut album in 2012, the band was know as "The Cadillac Black" back then, their fan base as steadily grown over the years. All without being part of so-called "mainstream country music." Since signing with Big Machine Records in their hometown of…


The Strive For Success Scholarship

I had the opportunity to travel to my old high school and MC the "Strive For Success" Scholarship presentation. What made the event extra special, aside from being back at Weaubleau High School, was the fact that the event had a very "fishy" feel. John Greife, the organization's founder is a former Major League Fishing Boat Official. The speakers were Tracy Slagle, Jon Hickman, and Jackie from…


Sac River White Bass

There's something special about those early season river fishing trips. For me, it's a confirmation that indeed winter is over. That doesn't mean we won't get another cold snap in the next few weeks, that seems to happen more often these days than it did years ago, but once I'm on the river chasing white bass, things are only going to get better from here. This year's lower lake levels and dryer…


Prespawn Crappie With Amos Livingston

  It's finally spring! The older I get, the longer winter seems to be and after New Years I simply can't wait for spring and getting back on the water! Over the weekend, I had the privilege to share the boat with Amos Livingston on Stockton Lake. He and his brother John are Team Livingston, professional crappie fisherman that travel the country catching big slab crappie. Once the water warms…