I always wanted to fish the mighty Mississippi river, but never had. My wife and I planed a trip to LaGrange Mo. I found this web sight the BOC. I learned a lot about fishing the Mississippi here and met two ppl on here from the area and they told me they would help me to learn the river. Jason Kaylor from LaGrange Mo. and John Surgeon from Louisiana Mo. when we arrived Jason came down and went with us to show us how and where to catch some shad. Guess what.. it started to rain. It rained off and on the rest of the day. didn't catch many fish. the next day we started out to fish and guess what... it started to rain again. it rained off and on all that day. didn't catch many fish but I am starting to learn the river. Started out Tuesday morning. and sure enough it raining again. Around noon we go back to camp because we need to wash some clothe, they are all wet because of all the rain. Tuesday evening the clouds disappear and we do catch a few fish. Wed. morning we head out to fish, its a beautiful day. we are catching a few fish now, I don't know if its because of the sunshine or I am learning where and how to catch them. Thursday morning , another beautiful day I hook my first good fish. a 15 lb flat. This has made the trip worth while. That day we caught a 15,9,5,lb flat and a 7 lb channel and numerous other smaller cats. Jason went with us that evening we caught a few more cats. You know Jason is the best I ever seen at hooking good fish and quick releasing them just before I can get them in the net. ha ha. Friday, my son Kevin arrives and the wind is out of the south today, its blowing hard enough that their are 3 foot waves on the river. We can't tell if we are getting bites or if its just the waves tugging on the line. Sat. the wind is still blowing. John shows up and we decide to go eat some breakfast before going out and fighting that wind. we do catch a few small cats. Sunday morning. Jason and two of his fishing Buddy's meet us at the dock at 05:30 we catch bait and head out . Guess what? Yep it starts raining again. We catch a few fish and its time to head home. All in all it was a great trip. My wife and I are already planning a trip back next year. Some of the locals want us to come back every week or two so they can get some rain. lol.