My father just turned 79 and has been talking about going fishing since the spring. He lives in Bowlingreen and I live near Lonedell Mo. so it is a 100 mile drive with my old 88 Ram. After a two hour drive I met with my dad about 8:30 in the morning and we headed to Louisana Mo. to fish on the Mississippi. With all the traffic on the Mississippi on the weekends we thought it would be better to head for a place my dad fished for years called the Salt River. I have cousins that own lots on the Salt River and they always talk about all the catfish the catch. After several hours of fishing only two small fish were caught. We fished several spots all the way to the railroad tracks that locals will know about. Though it was a great day on the river with my dad I really just about lost it several times from idiots flying by running the middle of the river. Do these idiots realize what 2 foot waves does to a boat tied off at the bank or do they even care? I was amazed at how many of these fools would fly by and wave at us. We are in a small 15 ft jon boat and with 8 ft poles hanging out that whipped back and forth like a whip. The first large boat that came by I lost my drink that was sitting in my holder. I know they have the right to be on the water too but a little common courtesy, or at the least, common sense would be nice. Some of these boats were double decker boats but most of the inconsiderate boaters were in bass boats or those 10 ft. tall monsters. Why were they running wide open on the Salt River when they came in off the Mississippi! I had to really count to ten so many times I almost lost it. My dad who has a hard time walking was really having a hard time just being able to sit in his chair. We did run into several people who cut their speed as they passed (most likely catfishermen) but I do not know how you folks on the Mississippi put up with that. I think I will stay on the Missouri River where the waves don't try to take you out of the boat. I just wished people would extend a little courtesy to others whether they are fishing or just going out for a boat ride.