It was March sometime in the '80s. I was amazed at the number of boats fishing below the dam above Red Wing. My friend and I started fishing just like everyone else. A jig and a plastic, drifting down stream slowly. At the end of six hours, we were both tired of watching everyone else catch fish, and we had ZERO to show for our time. We loaded the boat at the DNR ramp right after dinging up his prop on the closing dam.
As a Trophy Catfish guide, I field many of the same questions each year. Although I love talking Big Flatheads with anyone, I thought I would type out a "how to" on some of the more important portions of Flathead Fishing that might help someone new to the sport get started. Part Two: Rods, Reels and Locations for the fish of a life time...the Trophy Flathead Catfish!
Remember that first big fish you caught? Might have been a 3 pound Northern or a 4 pound walleye? Heck it could have been a 10 pound carp. Here's Connor's story that he's going to remember for a long time!
At the peak of Warrior's production, they were building about 300 boats per year, and to start, the new company will employ about 10 people, including some of the key personnel from the former factory. The new company will select from among four communities bidding to locate there.
If you haven't experienced a large fish in current of the moving Mississippi River, it's pretty hard to explain. About the best I can say is you're arms will hurt, you'll have a black and blue spot where the butt of the rod is pressed against your tummy and you'll be grunting a lot!