Mathews Inc.
Great Missouri River Trip!
Bowfishing
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Joey Ward 06-Jun-22
Scoot 06-Jun-22
Jim McNamara 06-Jun-22
Supernaut 06-Jun-22
Beav 06-Jun-22
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SBH 06-Jun-22
huntinelk 06-Jun-22
elkmtngear 06-Jun-22
tradi-doerr 06-Jun-22
Quinn @work 06-Jun-22
Dale06 06-Jun-22
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Huntcell 06-Jun-22
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Bearman 06-Jun-22
t-roy 06-Jun-22
Beav 06-Jun-22
midwest 06-Jun-22
Beav 06-Jun-22
ND String Puller 06-Jun-22
JTreeman 06-Jun-22
HUNT MAN 06-Jun-22
Dirty D 06-Jun-22
otcWill 06-Jun-22
Dino 06-Jun-22
orionsbrother 07-Jun-22
BOWNBIRDHNTR 07-Jun-22
deerhunter72 07-Jun-22
Marty 07-Jun-22
Shiras42 07-Jun-22
pav 07-Jun-22
NDN 08-Jun-22
iceman 08-Jun-22
Treeline 08-Jun-22
No Mercy 08-Jun-22
Supernaut 08-Jun-22
sitO 08-Jun-22
Marty 08-Jun-22
TGbow 08-Jun-22
TommyJoe 08-Jun-22
From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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I had a full rupture of my Achilles on April 9th in a basketball tournament. I was devastated my basketball playing days had come to an end but also feared my annual trips to the Missouri R. to shoot bigheads may be in jeopardy. I was determined to make it and couldn't wait to get on the water. We also had several paddlefish tags in our group.

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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We were off to a good start and found that the fish were feeding a lot more actively since we had been here two weeks prior. My daughter was able to connect with a perfect cleaner right off the bat.

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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My buddy Josh was making his second trip ever with me and he connected on a stud fish that turned out to be his best fish ever. Things were off to a hot start.

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Josh's girlfriend Rachel was making her first trip ever and it didn't take her long to catch on!!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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The afternoon was slower and very hot. We thought margaritas may change our luck! We were right!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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We floated into a school of fish and I saw one that was deep that I thought looked pretty decent. What I thought was a decent fish turned out to be a stud and after a long chase with the boat we got him up and put another arrow in him. 47.5 lbs on the scale!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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This fish was worthy of a group photo!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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The next couple of days we shot several nice cleaners!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Maddie and Josh doubled on a good one!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Bryce also connected on a big silver carp!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Memorial day was over and Maddie, Josh and Rachel had to leave so it would be Bryce and I solo for a day until our other friends would be coming. We worked hard to debone all the fillets packed in ice. No easy task but well worth it.

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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We had some weather roll in but actually it helped us due to the fact it cleared out all the other boats! We would find gold at the end of the rainbow!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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I saw a huge fish deep underneath some dinks and got a quick shot off as he was sinking down. I thought I missed at first but then the line took off. I had shot him through the bottom lip and the fight was on. When we got him to the boat Bryce put a perfect backup shot on him and after another run or two we had him in the boat. We looked at each other in shock. 54.1 lbs on the scale. For this river this is a huge fish and was maybe my biggest in 25 years of chasing these things.

From: Joey Ward
06-Jun-22
Wow! Y'all always shoot some big'uns! Fun!

Never ate any of those. You fry the fillets? How'd you rate them taste wise?

From: Scoot
06-Jun-22
Wow does that look fun! Great way to good off in the spring!

Sorry to hear about the BB career closing Beav! I played this winter, but at 50 I sure do feel it the next day. Our "old man's league" is now mostly made up of guys half my age! My worthless back may shut my playing days down too. Sucks getting old, doesn't it!?!

From: Jim McNamara
06-Jun-22
Those are some monster fish now! What's the meat like ? Looks fatty like big catfish. Glad you were able to get out despite the leg.

From: Supernaut
06-Jun-22
Wow, great pics and fish....some real monsters!

Sorry to hear about the end of your basketball career but thanks for taking us along on your bowfishing trip.

How do you prepare the fillets? They look like they would be tasty.

From: Beav
06-Jun-22
The meat is unbelievable! Very white, firm and mild. We grill and fry it but you really can’t go wrong with it. We have the deboning down to an art. Not fatty at all.

From: Beav
06-Jun-22
I have way more coming but have to head to physical therapy.

From: SBH
06-Jun-22
Man that sunshine looks nice. Just rain and snow in MT. Keep em coming Harlin, love the smiles.

From: huntinelk
06-Jun-22
Awesome, looks like a great time

From: elkmtngear
06-Jun-22
Looks like a great time, Beav !

Hope the Achilles is fully recovered soon!

From: tradi-doerr
06-Jun-22
That is some Awesome bow-fishing right there!!

From: Quinn @work
06-Jun-22
Wow those are some monsters! Congrats. You must have fish in the freezer for 2 years after that trip.

From: Dale06
06-Jun-22
WOW! Those are monster fish.

From: maxracx
06-Jun-22
WOW, what a great trip!!!! That looks like a total blast!!!

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
06-Jun-22
Wow, I'll have to try that sometime!

Bow fish you can actually eat:)

From: Smtn10PT
06-Jun-22
Looks like a blast! Heck id almost book a trip if you could shoot a couple fish that size that were worth eating. Fillets look great.

From: Huntcell
06-Jun-22
The Louisiana State University Agricultural Research and Extension Center has a series of videos showing how to prepare the fish and deal with these bones.

The head of the bighead carp is particularly prized in Singapore, and is usually steamed whole

From: Beav
06-Jun-22
We have developed our method that I prefer. It doesn't require taking the skin side off. We just work from the inside of the fillet. Once a guy gets the hang of it you can fly through them, but it does take some time to learn.

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Now that's a bighead!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22
We had a great day of bigheading and the next day paddlefish season would open. More friends showed in camp and tomorrow would be a great day.

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Paddlefish were thick and we looked over several before Reid connected on his first paddlefish. 28,5 lbs

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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I passed a lot and saw one deep and let one go. I knew he wasn't real big but I was happy!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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My buddy Bryce connected shortly there after on a fish that was also in that 25 lb class like mine.

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Great times!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Travis finally was sick of passing fish and said he was shooting the next one that gave him a shot. He did! 20.6 lbs.

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Our buddy showed up for the evening and jumped in the boat and 10 minutes later he had a 36 lber!!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Maddie made it back to the river and once boat traffic cleared out a bit we started seeing a lot of fish. Maddie connected on her second paddlefish ever and she was thrilled!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Memories that will last forever!! Spending time with my kids in the outdoors has always been one of my priorities!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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There is a bar called the Icehouse 150 yards off the river so our whole clan met for a few drinks one hot afternoon. You throw your bottles against the wall when you are done. This has been a long lasting tradition.

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Next couple of days we continued shooting some bigheads and silvers and Matt even got a decent gar.

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Also we managed to shoot a couple of big silvers!

From: Beav
06-Jun-22

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Last day Bryce and I doubled on a really big silver and we filled the tub with 18-23 lb bigheads that came up really good the last couple of hours of our trip. Great fun and also brought home some excellent eating! I even think it made my Achilles feel better! : Have a great one!!!!

From: Bearman
06-Jun-22
Looks like a superb time!

From: t-roy
06-Jun-22
Is there any video of the conversation you had with your wife when you told her about your plans of going to the river??!! ;-)

Man!! You guys hammered a pile of em again, especially on some real hogs! I wish I could have made it up there with you guys!

What’s the protocol on tagging the paddlefish? (I’m assuming that’s what the red tags are)

From: Beav
06-Jun-22
Required to tag immediately by the dorsal fin. The clip locks into itself.

From: midwest
06-Jun-22
Man, what a trip! Are the paddlefish good to eat, too? Also, are the silvers just as good?

From: Beav
06-Jun-22
Paddlefish out of a lake are not very hood in my opinion but out of the river they are good. Silvers are close to bighead but take longer to clean to make boneless. We try to shoot at least 15-18 lb bigheads at a minimum.

06-Jun-22
“Leave it to Beav” to make us all look like losers again! Argh! Very nice work Harlin as usual! Thanks for sharing.

From: JTreeman
06-Jun-22
I guess my invitation got lost in the mail…again.

Congrats, looks like a blast!

—Jim

From: HUNT MAN
06-Jun-22
Makes me smile. Solid work my friends. Hunt

From: Dirty D
06-Jun-22
Awesome stuff Beav!

From: otcWill
06-Jun-22

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Special place. Good stuff my friend!

From: Dino
06-Jun-22
Beav! What a cool trip! Thanks for posting this…looks like your crew had a blast! Too bad about the Achilles! I fully ruptured mine at the start of bow season…it healed up just fine! Follow the Doc’s orders!

07-Jun-22
Cool pics! Nice fish!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
07-Jun-22
Now that's my kind of fishing! Looks like you all had a blast!!

From: deerhunter72
07-Jun-22
Looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing!

From: Marty
07-Jun-22

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Always a great time at the river! The people just make it even better! My daughter-in-law got her 1st and my son took his second paddlefish on a quick day trip!

From: Shiras42
07-Jun-22
Excellent Harlin! I couldn't make the banquet this year, but you can count on next year and I hope to get to eat some of those!

From: pav
07-Jun-22
Sorry to hear about the Achilles rupture Harlin. That's one tough injury for sure. Looks like you're making the most of it though...quite the bowfishing adventure with family and friends. Thanks for sharing!

From: NDN
08-Jun-22
Outstanding photos of a great trip! I fish/bowfish the Mo river near Leavenworth, Ks and have snagged silvers & bigheads behind the wing dikes during the spring snagging season but have never hooked or seen a spoon. Are you finding them more out in the channel? I have eaten both the species of carp and found them to quite good and agree that the spoons from the river taste great (ours come from the Osage River below Bagnell Dam) compared to the Lake of the Ozarks fish. Hope your tendon heals quick!

From: iceman
08-Jun-22
Good times right there!

From: Treeline
08-Jun-22
What an awesome experience! Hopefully get out there to do that!

From: No Mercy
08-Jun-22
Incredible~congrats to you all on an awesome outing!

From: Supernaut
08-Jun-22
Great stuff, thanks for sharing with us!

Hope the foot heals up good as new for you!

From: sitO
08-Jun-22
Bighead Beav and the monster fish! Good times man

From: Marty
08-Jun-22

From: TGbow
08-Jun-22
Awsome! Looks like yal had a great time

From: TommyJoe
08-Jun-22
I grew up in Yankton! Haven't been there in a while, sure miss the river there. Great place to grow up! Looks like you had an awesome trip! Congrats.

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