To The Herald-Whig:
If you want to catch a contagious, addictive disease, buy a fishing rod. Most fishing rods fit your hand good. I had an uncle who lived in Palmyra, Mo., and did not take up fishing until he retired. We went fishing on the North River several times. He said he loved the outdoors and fishing and wondered why it took him 65 years to discover fishing.
Fishing will also make you a lover of birds and many wild creatures -- a great exercise. Ah, to get up early in the morning, smell the sweet smell of the early morning fresh air of a new day.
Now, I also have a great way to catch catfish. Go to a bait shop and buy a dozen medium size minnows or crawdads. Take them home, put them in a pint bag and freeze them. Now you have instant bait when you want to go fishing. By freezing the bait you are ready to go fishing on a minute's notice and may the next fish you hook be a bragging size fish. You can also use live minnows or crawdads. Take the minnow or crawdad in your soupy dip bait. You have what I call double-barrel catfish bait.
With beef and pork at record high prices, doctor recommended fish is cheap and will save on your food bill.
If you are over 65, you don't even need a fishing license in Missouri.