Mississippi Diary for my Okie Brethren

Discussion in 'LOCAL OKLAHOMA TALK' started by Cutshad, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. Cutshad

    Cutshad New Member

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    Well I figured I would start a thread and document my Mississppi River story with you guys and gals. The trip is to Tunica, where we will be fishing for Blues. October 25, 26, 27 and 28. Probably head home early on the 29th. Everyone is invited. There will be some folks there from Arkansas, Mississppi and Oklahoma...Maybe some other places to, don't know yet. Anyway, last year I made this trip and it was a blast. Fishin the BIG river was a blast. I was able to fish the mighty Verdigris because of my experience on the BIG MUDDY! I will chronicle my experience here, with my Oklahoma Brethren, and share the experience with all. If it's anything like last year, you guys will get a chuckle out of it. See yall soon!
     
  2. skeetermagnet

    skeetermagnet New Member

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    That sounds like a great trip! Be sure to take plenty of pics and post them when you get back
     

  3. Flintman

    Flintman New Member

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    Ok Brian we'll lookin foward to some good fish tales,
    and some good catfish steaks. :smile2:

    "Flint"
     
  4. coach

    coach New Member

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    cutshad , i would suggest u lighten that right foot while driving thru arkinsaw....... :roll_eyes:
     
  5. oldprowler

    oldprowler New Member

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    And just to make sure that the reports are accurate and unbiased I may just include a few lines of commentary and a picture or two myself.
     
  6. mtrimble

    mtrimble New Member

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    The big fish are right here in Oklahoma. Why you all running off?:lol:

    Just kidding. I go to the lower white in Arkansas every year. It is alot of fun. I hope you all are blessed with great river memories.
     
  7. catfishcentral

    catfishcentral New Member

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    I remember your posts on your trip last year. I look forward to hearing your stories and pics of BIG HAWGS on this upcoming trip.
     
  8. Cutshad

    Cutshad New Member

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    Man Oh Man! This was a great fishing trip! I will try to keep it as real as possible for all of you.

    Day 1

    Ofcourse this was Wednesday and nobody else was there. So I put up my tent and around noon. Did I tell you all it was raining? Well, it was drizzly and just a tad cold. The wind was blowing at about 20. I started thinking back to last year when I put my tent up and broke a tent pole. Anyway, spent the rest of the day hunting fire wood and getting camp set up. Put up tarps around the double table and got things tidy for the rest of the group coming in on Thursday. First night wasn't bad. I was sound asleep and woke up with something tickling my face. I figure at the time it was a string from my sleeping bad, so I just brush it off. Starts tickling again, so I turn on my light next to my cot and find a Daddy Long Legs on my chest, I screamed. Yep, just like a little girl. Ofcourse I knew nobody else was in camp so it was ok to act a little unmanly then. I regained my composure and checked the clock, 0540, figured I would just stay up and check the tent for holes.

    I came prepared for cold weather this time. Brought several blankets, a cot, heater and plenty of extension cords. Went off and forgot my rain gear.


    DAY 2

    Well I got a very early start to day 2. This is Thursday, the day everyone shows up for the fishing trip. I get my fire started anf found out I forgot my coffee pot and fire screen. No coffee. I drink a Coke for breakfast around 0800. The skies are overcast and it keeps spitting rain. The game warden drives through the park and stops. I go out to chat with him and he drives off. I'm standing there thinking maybe I look pretty bad so I look in my mirror on my truck. Nothing new I could see. I go back to the fire and sit down wondering what the hell that was about. A few minutes later he came back. Nice fellow, think his name was Gene. Older guy and loads of info. We talked for a about fifteen minutes then a county sheriff pulled up. He was a pretty good guy also. We talked for about thirty minutes then the sheriff left. Gene asked me why I wasn't fishing. I told him I didn't have any bait. He kinda laughed and said "Salami". He told me to go to the store in Tunica and buy a slab of salami and some red food coloring. He said it would stay on the hook better than anything else and I would catch fish. He said to fish by the boatramp. So, I went to town and bought some salami and red food coloring. I drive back to the camp and get ready to go. Tin showed up about then. I helped Tin get some of his stuff set up and unloaded and told him I was going fishing at the boat ramp with salami. That's when I saw it, the look, you all know the one I am talking about. Where your face kinda twists up and you know they are saying "what". So, undaunted, I proceeded to the boatramp. This is when I discover my tackle box did not make the trip from St. Louis to Tunica. I have a small box with a few weights and about six hooks. I cutoff a chunk of salami and poor red food coloring on it. Just a reminder for everyone, a little dab will do ya, when it comes to food coloring. I looked like I had just killed someone with my bare hands. Anyway, I throw out and start baiting my other pole. WHAM! I pull in a nice 6 pounder. I personally thought it was around 20 pounds myself, but Tin said it was around 6. I throw out again and get hung up and lose my rig. Tin showed up on the boatramp and we talked for a few minutes. I show him my fish and he says " salami huh". We left the boatramp.

    Charles Phillips arrives around 430 in the afternoon. We went out and caught a couple eater sized fish. Mine was around 10 pounds, I think his was around 3. Starting to get dark so we head back in.

    Coach got there and I think Reb and Joe arrived that evening. I cooked some hotlinks on the grill that was set up 2 miles from my camp. We ate drank and became happy. I drank some Blueberry wine and it was Real good..I don't remember going to bed but I woke up in my tent.

    Day 3

    I don't remember anything from around 1000 pm on day 2 to around 1000 am on day 3. OlProwler was fishing with Coach. I fished with Reb. Helluva nice guy Reb is. Big too. We fished all day and didn't catch anything. It wasn't for the lack of trying. We would drive by Coach and OlProwler and they would hold up some fish. OlProwler did good! He caught a 19 pounder and a 32 pounder! They were nice fish. He was real nice about it too. He would hold it up and drop it in the water just as we got close. Beautiful sight. Joe caught some fish. I think Buster was there then also.

    Went back to camp and Kimber and Paul were there. Don't be mad if I get the name wrong, I apologize. Some guys were there and I still don't remember who they are. Matt was there fishing and came to camp for a little socializing. Well anyway, I was looking forward to the buffet! Yep, a casino buffet! Charles had already told me about it and I was going. I had already had enough beanie weenies and Vienney sausages to choke a mule, so I was going to have a good meal tonight. So, I waited, and waited and waited for Charles to show up. J Trews daughter, Kimber, I hope that's right, was planning on going also. Buster said he was going. Charles finally got there and we helped him set up his tent in the dark. Then we left. Me, Charles and Buster. Kimber was eating sausages and bread, she and Paul decided not to go. It was good! I ate 5 Maine lobsters, about 20 lobster claws and 2 or 3 pounds of crab legs. Frog legs too! Went back to the camp around 1000 pm and nobody was up..

    DAY 4

    Me and Reb got started and went up north. We fished a couple spots then found some fish. BAM! I caught one around 10 pounds. Reb got a few bites, but nothing would get on his poles. So, we changed spots again and went further north. BAM! I caught a solid 20 pounder! Got pictures even. We even checked it on Joe's scales. He even told me they were inaccurate and the fish would weigh a few pounds more than what showed on the scale. Joe and Paul had some nice fish in the 6 to 8 pound range. Kimber came by our boat with Buster and asked if we ahd caught some. I showed her the 25 pounder and she said "bite me". Which I thought was a term of endearment and praise for such a nice fish. We didn't catch nothing else that day.

    Went back to camp and sat around the fire and talked a until around 1100 pm. I don't think Joe remembers what happened that night!

    DAY 5

    Everybody but me, Reb, Joe and Charles left. We went fishing for awhile and it was tough. I think it was because the fish hadn't seen the sun in several days and they were scared. Went back in and broke camp.

    NOTE: Names and weights may not be completely accurate and is not the responsibility of the author if they are found to be inaccurate!

    I had a blast. The guys (and gals) that go to this fishing trip are some of the finest folks anywhere in the world. Reb drove me allover the Mississippi river and didn't ask for nothing in return. I had to force him to accept gas for goodness sake. Coach, Charles and Joe treated me like "one of the guys" and I appreciate it more than you will ever know. The people I met were fun and we shared a great experience together. I left a few things out, some stories others will have to tell, some fell in the water, a tree smashed a pavillion and lots of folks gave me some fish. I thank you all for a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you all again soon!
     
  9. coach

    coach New Member

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    pretty good account brian.................. we'll do it again !!!!
     
  10. oldprowler

    oldprowler New Member

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    Brian, it sounds like you had almost as good a time as I did down there. It certainly was a "REAL GOOD" time. I missed the good buffet though and that will not happen next time.
     
  11. Little Mac

    Little Mac Active Member

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    Dang Brian, Nice write up. Perhaps you have found a calling for when you retire. Get together with Coach and write his stories, he has a million of them. Then make a book called "The adventures of the tunica crew...." There ya go!!!!!!!!!! I just gave ya a million Dollars, all you got to do is write it !!!!! :cool2: Yer friend Mac