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Learn About the Birds and Bees

 . . . as well as other life lessons in Fish, Frogs, And Fireflies--- Growing Up With Nature, a collection of essays and short stories by Robert Montgomery, along with 13 other contributors.






Catching Big Bass Can Cost You Big Bucks

Earlier this year, a California angler caught a 15-pound bass on a Jerry Rago Glideator (above), a large swimbait that retails for about $100. In The Dallas Morning Herald, Ray Sasser details the cost of baits over the years, including the iconic Rapala Floating Minnow.


A Good Use for Asian Carp

Burr Edde (left) and stepson Lucas Miller with record blue catfish.

Burr Edde III of Malta Bend became Missouri’s most recent record-breaking angler when he landed a giant blue catfish on a stretch of the Missouri River in Saline County using a trotline. The new “alternative method” record blue catfish caught by Edde on March 21 weighed 120 pounds, 8 ounces, with a length of 55 and 1/8 inches and a girth of 45 inches.

Edde used cut Asian carp as bait.

The giant broke the previous alternative-method state-record blue catfish of 117 pounds caught in 1964 on the Osage River.

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff verified the record-weight fish on March 25 using a certified scale at Bass Pro corporate headquarters in Springfield. The fish was preserved on ice for official weighing.

“Oh my goodness! That’s a big fish,” Edde recalled when he first saw the giant. “How am I going to get this one into the boat?! It was definitely an experience of a lifetime to catch one that big. I was blessed. And there are still lots of them out there!”

The longtime angler said he would have liked to release the record fish or donate it to the fish tanks at Bass Pro, but it didn’t survive long enough. “It’s too big to actually have mounted, but I’m getting a replica made.”



Ike Foundation Wants to Help More Kids Go Fishing

About The Ike Foundation – The Ike Foundation was established in July 2014 by Michael Iaconelli with the main goal of getting more kids involved with the sport of fishing. The Ike Foundation will assist civic organizations, existing youth fishing organizations, and other charitable organizations in sponsoring events and functions which promote fishing to both inner city and rural youth. These events and functions will teach young people the sport of fishing, the ecology of the outdoors and the responsibility each person has in order to maintain our planets natural resources.

Mission Statement - Our mission is to get more kids fishing and in the outdoors, especially youth in areas where those activities are not readily available.

Coming in 2015 - We are  planning and implementing additional aspects of the Ike Foundation, including the following

  • More Ways to Get Involved
  • Events and Projects - auctions, tournaments, waterway cleanups, etc.
  • And More...