BIG DAY, BIG BEAR – James Vaught of Festus MO reports he got this 9-foot brown bear in southeast Alaska in April.
BASS CLASS – Ben and Audrey Braun of Waterloo, IL, show a nice bass Ben caught on his trusty “Buzz Lightyear” fishing pole – with some help from Audrey. They caught the fish on a private lake outside of Waterloo.
CALLING DOUBLE – Dave DeArmond called in this double on opening day of the Missouri youth turkey season for his sons Josh, age 7, and Jacob, 13. It was Josh’s first turkey. Dave works for Caswell, and is a member of Bricklayers Union Local #1. Submitted by Grandpa Bill DeArmond.
GRAD AND DAD – Robert Brundage of Jefferson City MO celebrated his daughter Darby’s graduation from college with a 4.0 GPA on a float-fishing trip for both of them with guide Dennis Whiteside. Darby outfished her dad and landed a 16-inch smallmouth bass on the Niangua River.
FOOTBALL-SIZE – Dennis Whiteside does not guide Missouri streams exclusively! He recently was able to fish Canada and tie into a few hefty smallmouth bass in the Pipestone chain near Fort Francis just across the border from International Falls, MN.
PADDLE MASTER – Butch Cretsinger of Galveston, Texas, models his newly finished sassafras boat paddles. After 20 years of going float fishing with guide Dennis Whiteside, Butch has decided to make his own paddles, in the tradition of the Fred Dablemont family. His next project is to make a john boat.
KYLE’S CATCH – Kyle Marsanick, son of retired Carpenter John Marsanick of St. Louis, of Local 92, caught this nice muskie on Lake St. Clair in Michigan. Kyle lives in Mansfield MO and is known for his hand-made SS Shad lures, sold under the name Smoker Tackle.
DUCKS OF IRON – Iron Duck Hunting, of Clinton County MO, hosted some military veterans on hunts last December. Above, from left to right, Dave Kwajewski, Lt. Col. Steve Kulas, USMC, and Dan Guyer return with a nice pile of birds. At right, Steve Kulas brings along a handful of geese. Call Iron Duck at (816) 210-3060.
WHISPERING FISH – Missouri Tourism’s Scott Pauley, popularly known as the “fish whisperer,” lands a dandy river smallie on the lower Big Piney on a trip with guide Dennis Whiteside.
ELKS LODGE – Steve Golubski and his son, Bennett, enjoyed a couple of days on the Elk River with float fishing guide Dennis Whiteside.