took my friend out for an evening of catfishing last night. we tried the mo river, but no luck. we decided to hit the meramec to try and get a flathead or some channels. he had never caught a catfish before, and look at what he brought in.....its a 20 lb blue. i was really surprised. i have heard from a few people that they ocasionally catch small blues in there, but this guy was not that small. boy did he slam that bait, we almost lost him twice. once when he first took the bait, because he almost took the pole too, and second when he got tangled up in some timber and almost broke the line from rolling so hard. i guess it wouldnt be fishing for me if i dont end up having to go in the water after a fish. anyway for his first time catching a catfish he sure nailed a dandy. he was very proud of himself, rightfully so. and now i believe he is hooked on catfishing. oh..... i managed to find the strength to catch a 3 pound channel also. so here are some pics, and the only thing im a little sad to say was that he did not want to release it, i cant force people to cpr. but i will say that that fish will be enjoyed by him and his family.