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Now back to the catfish grind

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 11:00 p.m. CDT
Jesse Ryan (back right), his fiancée Amy Hepner, and their boys Keegan and Bradley pose with their Big Fish trophy last Saturday at the Erie Co-Ed Tournament.

Well, the co-ed catfishing tournament has come and gone, and we had our best attendance ever. We had great weather, and very good fishing to boot. Lots and lots of fun was had, and we are looking forward to next year's event already.

I turn my attention now to guiding nice folks on the river for some big old flatheads. As I have mentioned before, guiding is my passion. I love being able to share what I know with people, and getting to watch them battle these great fish.

Over the last couple seasons, thanks in big part to these articles, I have had the pleasure of sharing my boat with an awful lot of locals. It has been neat getting to know you all, and sharing the river with you.

This coming week, I will film my ninth television show here on the Rock River. The catfish gods have been very good to me when opportunities like this have presented themselves in the past, and I'm hoping this time is no different. The water has dropped to normal levels, and is warming back to where I want it, so hopefully I can make another Rock River beauty famous.

All I hope is we don't get one of our patented gully washers and mess the river all up, or have a massive arctic cold blast come through and drop water temperatures off the charts. While neither one would surprise me, as of now, things are looking good.

Don't look now, everyone, but we got just 1 single week left until squirrel season opens here in the northern zone of the Land of Lincoln. Me personally, I like to chase these wily little tree varmints with a good old .22 rifle. Getting out to the woods before sunrise and taking cover close to a good bunch of hickory trees is a great bet for a great day of hunting. Picking them off one at a time as they arrive to feed on ripe nuts … you can't beat this kind of fun with a stick.

Anyway, this August 1st start kinda sneaks up on you, but hopefully some of this cool, dry air will hang around to make some early season hunting comfortable. Then all you're gonna need is a gallon or so of skeeter spray, and you're golden.

If you would like to hunt these wonderful little animals and have questions as how to take care of them after the harvest, you can visit my YouTube channel and check out my squirrel cleaning video for some easy step-by-step instruction. I did this video a few years back, just to add something different to the hundred-plus catfish videos I have done.

Well, as it turned out, there must of been a lot of people wondering just how you clean a squirrel, because more than a hundred thousand people have viewed this show. I'd of never guessed it, but it goes to show you just never know.

Until next all, get outside and make something happen.

Go Catfish!

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