Chris Jones, a well-known catfish guide who specializes in the
pursuit of trophy blues, will be the guest speaker when the Riss Lake Fishing
Club has its annual kickoff dinner March 31 at the PAC facility in Parkville. Jones, who runs the Catfish Pursuit Guide Service, has
caught blue cats up to 93 pounds at area waters. And his customers have landed
many fish in the 50- to 70-pound range.
He specializes in guiding on the upper end of Lake of the Ozarks, not far from Truman Dam. He also catches big fish on the Missouri River and several reservoirs in the area.He is a modern-era cat man, specializing in the use of high-tech electronics to locate fish. He is a pro staff member for Lowrance and the Independence Bass Pro Shop, and has done many seminars on catching big catf ish with the use of electronics.
Chris has been featured twice in The Kansas City Star and has appeared on local television and radio shows. You don’t want to miss his talk at our fishing-club dinner when he gives tips and demonstrations on how to use your electronics to locate and catch big cats.
Exciting news. One of the hottest fishermen on the BASS pro circuit, James Watson, has agreed to be the keynote speaker at our year-end fishing dinner Tuesday Oct. 27 at the PAC Center.
Watson is still coming down from a lifetime moment. He won the BASS Central Open at Table Rock Lake Oct. 1-3, his first major championship.
He won $53,000 in merchandise and cash, but more important, he earned a berth in the Bassmasters Classic next February. Watson earned the win by utilizing his specialty, top water fishing. He caught big fish in the middle of the day by fishing banks with the biggest chunk rock he could find.
Watson, who lives in Nixa, Mo., has been fishing major pro circuits for the past six years. He is co-owner of a realty firm in Springfield, Mo., but has concentrated full time on his fishing for the last three years.
He won a Professional Anglers Association tournament on Table Rock in September of 2013 and finished third in an FLW Tour event at Lake Okeechobee in 2014. But he is coming off the best weekend of his fishing career, and we will be there to get some pointers on how we can use the same methods as he does to catch bass at Riss.
Jeff Faulkenberry, one of the most popular guides on Truman Lake, will feed our spring fever with a talk on fishing for crappies and catfish. He will provide tips on Truman's fishing and will localize his talk to give tips on methods that will work on Riss, as well. Jeff has been featured in The Kansas City Star and in several magazines and television shows.
Chatt Martin, a well-known crappie guide, will be our guest speaker. Chatt, who lives in Lawrence, has been guiding since 2000. He specializes in fishing the eastern-Kansas reservoirs such as Perry, Clinton, Melvern, and Pomona, but he also excels at catching big crappies at Glen Elder Lake in north-central Kansas.
Chatt also has won a number of crappie tournaments and is a pro staffer for Lowrance Electronics. He is an expert at the use of the latest electronics such as side imaging.
Gary Burton who is the owner of Burton's Bait and Tackle, guide, and tournament fisherman in Smithville, Mo will be bringing a couple Bass Fishermen from the local tournament trail. For the latest fishing lies and tall tales-stop by his shop for all your preparations towards a day on the water.
Casey Scanlon of Lenexa, one of the young guns on the Bassmaster professional circuit, will be the featured speaker at the Riss Lake Fishing Club dinner on Oct. 16 at the PAC Center.
Scanlon has been on the Elite circuit for only two years, but he already has a Bassmaster Classic appearance on his resume. He competed in the 2013 Classic on Grand Lake after qualifying with a championship in the 2012 Central Open at Table Rock Lake.
Scanlon also finished third in an Elite tournament on Bull Shoals Lake this April and was in the running for a Classic berth up until the last regular-season event. He ended up finishing 49th out of 100 anglers in the Elite points race.
Brett Ware is putting his engineering background to good use in the outdoors world. He is constantly looking for ways to appeal to the bass’ senses when designing fishing lures. He started by coming up with a line of crankbaits with a chamber that let water flow through, imitating the sound of baitfish in the water. But his most successful venture has been the development of UV Lures that are designed to make plastic baits more visible in the water.
Brent Chapman has used the lures to place high in many BASS tournaments and win the 2012 Angler of the Year honors. UV Lures is one of his major sponsors.
Other top pros such as Bill Lowen also are sponsored by UV Lures, which is quickly making a name for itself on the national market.
Ware has been so successful in his latest venture that he has been able to make it his fulltime job after a career as a professor at Northwest Missouri University. He is a good fisherman in his own right. But his greatest fulfillment is catching big bass on lures he has invented.
Gary Burton who is the owner of Burton's Bait and Tackle, guide, and tournament fisherman in Smithville, Mo will be the main attraction and will be bringing the fishing report to us. For the latest fishing lies and tall tales-stop by his shop for all your preparations towards a day on the water.
David Shaw (left) and his son Tyler display two walleyes
David Shaw, a veteran guide at Smithville Lake, will be the headline speaker at the event. David has run his SSS Guide Service at Smithville Lake for seven years, leading clients to everything from trophy bass to crappies to white bass. But he is perhaps best known for being the lake’s leading authority on walleye fishing. He has caught and released walleyes up to 32 ½ inches at Smithville and he and his clients have taken many fish in the 4- to 6-pound range.
Shaw also is a well-known tournament bass fisherman, having won or placed high in many local and regional tournaments at Smithville Lake. In recent years, he has teamed with his son, Tyler, to do well in the Burton’s Bait and Tackle buddy tournaments.
In his talk, Shaw will take us through the seasons at Riss Lake, showing us what he thinks will work to catch big walleyes. He’ll also stay around afterward to answer questions about how to catch big bass.
Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira is the perfect example of "local boy makes good."From a start in local bass tournaments in the Kansas City area, he has risen to become one of the nation's best bass fishermen.He is a member of Bassmaster's "Millionaires Club," one of few fishermen on the national circuit to cross that impressive earnings milestone in competitive fishing.This summer, he qualified for his 11th Bassmaster Classic, the World Series of bass fishing that will take place in the winter. He finished fifth in the last two Classics and has two national BASS tournament titles to his credit.Still going strong, Chapman is one of the faces of professional fishing and many say it's only a matter of time before he wins an Angler of the Year title or a Bassmaster Classic championship.
Shane is a longtime tournament fisherman and competed on the BASS trail for several years. In 2003, he won the BASS Southern Open on Lake Eufaula, Ala. He is one of the owners of Show Me Campers and Boats.
Terry has had a radio show on the outdoors for 13 years. He also has been active in putting on charity fishing tournaments in the area.
They are co-hosts of the "Show Me The Outdoors" radio show on 610-AM on Saturday mornings and will soon have a TV show on Time Warner Cable and a bass tournament series at Smithville Lake.
Jerry McCutchen of Camden, Mo., has been called one of Missouri's best all-time bass fishermen. He started tournament fishing in 1971 and has been at it ever since. Some say he could have gone on to do well on the national circuit, but he chose to stay in Kansas City, where he had a good job and was busy raising a family. On weekends, he competed in state and regional tournaments and became dominant at that level. He and his partners have won 20 boats, a house and more than $500,000. He is proud of the fact that his career winnings are more than that of some of the pros.
Ralph Haggard of Kansas City is a former tournament fisherman who decided to start his own circuit. From a humble beginning in 1994, Heartland Trails has grown into one of the most-recognized circuits in the Midwest. Hundreds of fishermen now compete in Heartland tournaments, and the circuit is sponsored by such nationally known names as Tracker marine and Mercury.
Now retired from the pro tournament circuit, Campbell is still remembered as the king of topwater fishing, popularizing some of the methods that many use today. Early in his career, he developed the Charlie Campbell CC spinnerbait, which went on to become a top-selling lure. He also played a big part in developing the Bass Tracker boat, and became a member of the Bass Pro Shops pro staff. He got his start as a coach and teacher in Forsyth, fishing every chance he got. In fact, he coached little Forsyth High to a state championship in basketball, walked off the court and said, “I’m going fishing.” He’s been fishing ever since. He has won 67 tournament trail events and in 2008 was inducted into the BASS Hall of Fame.
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