Hello from the home of the Blue Catfish

Discussion in 'LOCAL SOUTH CAROLINA TALK' started by buster1395, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. buster1395

    buster1395 New Member

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    Well what an adventure I've had today. My dad won a new bass boat on Ebay last night at $7,000 cheaper than the lowest price he could get locally so off we went this morning 750 miles to Bull Shoals, Arkansas.

    It took us 12 hours to get here at the hotel and we will pick up the boat in the morning and head home. He's trying to talk me into stopping at Elvis' Graceland in Memphis TN on the way back but that was before my time even though I do like a few Elvis songs. Just not sure if I want to spend 3 or 4 hours touring Elvis' house, cars, airplanes, museum:confused2:.

    We went over the Mississippi river which was beyond HUGE. Lots of huge steel bridges, barges and such below. I hope to get some pictures of that on the way back. We are staying in a hotel right in the middle of 2 Arkansas lakes (Norfork and Bull Shoals) which also look amazing. Wish it wasnt so far from home Im sure they are loaded with those Arkansas Blues.

    Even the local Wal Mart here has much more fishing tackle than any around us in SC do. Lots of BIG tackle for those big cats around here I assume. Those big catfish and the farming out here must take one heck of a toll on these folks over the years because the wal-mart had no less than 25 electric wheel chair shopping carts in it.:smile2:

    We hope to tour the Bull Shoals lake dam tomorrow if we have time right after we pick up the boat. The Hotel manager said it was quite a sight to see. Said they used an 8 mile long conveyer belt in the 1940's to bring in the rocks to build the dam which took several years and the belt ran non-stop. Quite an interesting story I hope to get a few pictures of that tomorrow.

    I must say however the ride from Memphis to here was beyond boring. Its about 200+ miles of nothing but flat farmland and marsh. Man Im not sure if I would live there if I was given the house and land. You would have to get a hotel and make a 2 day trip just to go out to eat or shopping it seemed so far away from anything. Very Very few houses, people, stores or anything in that part of Arkansas.

    Hope to report more tomorrow and post a few pics if I can get Pops to drive some:smile2:.
     
  2. pop pop

    pop pop New Member

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    Chris, might as well hire a guide and do some Cat Smacking!:wink: A new PB could happen and make that long drive worth it.:wink: Maybe your dad can catch us some bait with the new bait catching ride when he gets back.
    Be Safe on the ride back bro!\
    Pop Pop
     

  3. rivercatsc

    rivercatsc New Member

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    Chris I hunt that same area every year and is quite a beatifull site. Are you seeing any ducks/geese in all of those feilds. I love it out there and am looking foward to be back out there in Jan. I agree with you on the Graceland thing but it would be cool to do some cattin on the Mighty Mississippi. Yall be careful and have fun.
     
  4. bearfrog1

    bearfrog1 New Member

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    I've been out that way before but sadly it was my old love for Casinos and not for my new love of Catfish. Did see Elvis' place. Had to according to my dad; as my dad made us listen to his music everyday as we were growing up. That and Neil Diamond...AGGHH.... I ended up listing to rock to get rid of songs that were stuck in my head for days on end.
    Jonathan
     
  5. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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  6. buster1395

    buster1395 New Member

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    Well I just walked in from our LONG trip. 1,600 miles in 2 days to the Arkansas-Missouri state line was one heck of a trip. Lots of great scenery along the way also. Life out there for the locals seems so much more old-fashioned than it does here.

    We didn't make it to Graceland after all because after hooking up the boat and realizing we had no running lights and a blinker was out on the truck we spent half the morning in Flippin, AR at their local FORD dealership. Ranger boats are also made in Flippin, AR and we did see that which was cool.

    On the way back we stopped in the Brand new Bass Pro Shop in Leeds, AL. All I can say is WOW. I've been in 4 other bass pro shops and none of them come close to this new one in AL. I'll post a few pictures of the bass pro shop there including the 150lb Alligator Gar thy had i the tank.
     

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  7. buster1395

    buster1395 New Member

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    Just a few more Pictures. Bull Shoals lake dam, Mississippi river and the bridge over the river.
     

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  8. CarolinaCatJack

    CarolinaCatJack New Member

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    We're just glad y'all made it back....and with a new bait boat! I told you about them Fords.....:smile2:
     
  9. buster1395

    buster1395 New Member

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    Yeah I wonder what my dads gonna think when I screw a bunch of driftmaster rod holders in the fiberglass of that new boat and tell him I thought we got this for catsmackin!:smile2:
     
  10. CarolinaCatJack

    CarolinaCatJack New Member

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    Oh, to be a fly on the wall....
     
  11. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 Well-Known Member

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    Great story. Sounds like fun. I would have had to take a day and go fishing. Up here in Pa. we don't get alot of big cats.