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Illinois hunting and fishing

Rick Davis of Godfrey hoists the 92-pound Blue Catfish he caught in the Mississippi River.

Big Fish Fridays: 92-pounder

April 23, 2010 at 12:01 AM

The Mississippi River keeps turning out monster catfish.

The latest came April 15 when Rick Davis of Godfrey caught a 92-pound blue catfish near the power plant on the Missouri side of the river by Portage Des Sioux .

Davis fought the fish for nearly 48 minutes.

“It was like something you’d see on TV,” Davis told Rod Kloeckner of the Belleville News-Democrat. “I watch a show called ‘River Monsters’ on Animal Planet, and they go all over the world searching for these giant fish. Here I am eight minutes from my house and I catch one. That’s how awesome it was.”

He was fishing about 10 miles up river from where Tim Pruitt caught the state and world record blue catfish of 124 pounds.

In that same stretch of river, David Asaro of Godfrey caught an 85-pound blue cat just above the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in 2008.

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wow and he kills the fish . what a redneck

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 02:17 AM

His fish ,he can do what he wants with it..how judgemental….

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 06:03 AM

Heck of a fish, I always wonder how many toxins a big ole cat like that must contain.  Most consumption advisories are stricter the larger the fish.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 08:10 AM

Hey Rick James, you’re an idiot! This is whats wrong with fishing and hunting these days. People think that everyone should do what the pro’s do on t.v. Obsess about big bucks to the point where everyone loses sight of what its all really about (friendship, commradery, family, peace and quiet with mother nature….). CPR that big fish because thats what they do on tv and if we dont do what they do on tv then we are sub human. I think we would all do well to stop supporting these stupid shows that are putting these stupid ideas into the stupid heads of people like Rick James. So Rick, the guys laid off, got a family and probably a limited income. How long do you think that fish will put food on the table for them? I’m embarrassed to share the title of hunter/fisherman with people like yourself!

Rick Davis, great fish partner! Something to be very proud of! Unfortunately I will have to one up you this spring on our fishing excursion to smithland on the ohio this year. :D

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 08:17 AM

if you weren’t there and don’t know the situation,how then could you possibly know if a release could even be made..fish could have been hooked deep with no chance of survival..after a prolonged fight the fish could have died of stress..could have been hooked in the gill rakers and bled out..I guess you could have thrown it back and let the turtles eat eat..

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 08:30 AM

maybe the guy fishes for food. That there is alot of meals, he owes nothing to anyone else. Rick James seems to be a troll.

Posted by illin on 04/23 at 08:58 AM

This fish could of easily been another state record in another year or so. Plus who would eat a 92 lb catfish from the mississippi. Also you obviously cant mount this thing. Read the advisories for the mississippi. This guy is just like you greedy horn addicts on here some of the things you guys would do for a nice buck blows my mind .

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 10:05 AM

Hey Rick… you just contradicted yourself.  You badmouth him for keeping the fish because “This fish could of easily been another state record in another year or so.” and then you say “This guy is just like you greedy horn addicts on here some of the things you guys would do for a nice buck blows my mind .”??????

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 12:10 PM

Rick James = putz.

You might consider reminding yourself that your a moron before commenting next time. It wont piss everyone off, and you will remain in the closet as a moron. We all win.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 12:17 PM

all of you should get married

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 12:39 PM

See, instead of taking my advice, Rick has yet again decided to grace us all with yet another vastly intelligent statement. I guess you cant fix stupid.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 12:51 PM

The revival of the mississippi river is quite remarkable.  Although there are still advisories for fish, the river hasn’t been in this good of shape for decades.  Also, many farm ponds that you think may be clean of toxins are actually many times worse than the mississippi due to herbicides/pesticides.

I routinely fish this area near alton for the big blues.  Biggest to date has been a 52 pounder back in 2008; and yes I did keep it and I did eat it.  I ended up with 5 gallon zip lock bags (including water in bags for freezing).  Loved every catfish nugget.  When I go fishing; I go to bring back a meal and I’m not about to apologize to anyone for doing so.

btw, i’m married with 3 wonderful children.  Not sure why marriage has anything to do with legally taking and consuming a fish.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 12:59 PM

rick james take that ignorance somewhere else im sure PETA has a few openings for people like you some people just never get it

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 02:07 PM

Just amazing how the same old people start attacking people just cause they share a different viewpoint and if Rick stands up for himself he will only get banned like everyone else who didnt see eye to eye with the good ole boy click.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 03:26 PM

Ive tasted catfish from an 80 lb blue before and tastes like a mixture of dingleberries, sewage and socks. I sure hope this dude dont expect it to taste like fillet mignon, but to look at him it may be all he has to eat.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 03:32 PM

Buckraiser, you must be a yankee, its dangleberry down here in the south.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 04:22 PM

Hey hanky i got 2 things to say to that. Last time i checked illinois was in the midwest not the south, and also why would you name your self after a turd on a cartoon?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 04:28 PM

to rick james. its his fish. he caught it. iam sure he bought a license. he can kill it and eat it if he wants to.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 07:55 PM

can i kill and eat you froggy?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 08:34 PM

Advisories—- What they don’t tell ya is that it takes 14 ton of eating them a week to hurt anything, as far as eating big fish Buckraiser you best find another cook because they are great eating!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 08:41 PM

Big catfish can taste just as good as small fiddlers.  For fish the size of this gentlemens you have to take alot of time to trim all the fat from the fillets; if you clean them right the catfish can taste just as good as crappie or walleye.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 08:49 PM

giant catfish need to be released to get back to what there used to be around here in the early 1900s that fish was probably older than most of us, if you are that hungry go to McDonalds and buy a fish fillet

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 09:18 PM

Actually Keb your wrong with that, it all depends on what the advisories are for. Some things yes it does take alot to hurt you but some things such as mercury builds up in your system and you cannot get rid of it and over time will hurt you. I know of a few people who got very sick from mercury poisoning. I am not sure what or if any advisories are around that area for what fish so i cant really comment on whether its good for him to eat it or not. My own personal opinion is that a rare fish that big should be released but it is up to the individual to make the choice and he did not break any laws. Ill make a joke or 2 about it but i dont have all the info on advisories and such to make a statement for or against it, i can just say what i would of like to have seen done. Either way its a huge fish.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 09:41 PM

The only real issue i have is when someone offers an opinion other then what is the popular one is that people are quick to name call and start personally attacking another individual for their beliefs or opinions or even for cracking a joke. The ones throwing out the epithets and insults need to look at themselves first before insulting others.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 09:44 PM

A five pound channel cat from Banner Marsh taste like crap . I could only imagine how rubbery this fish would be .

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/24 at 01:41 AM

Rick there is actually a big difference between taste of pond, lake fish than river fish. Buckraiser I do respect you’re opinion and everyone elses.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/24 at 07:44 AM

Seems like a pretty good guy who caught a really nice fish and now he’s gonna eat it.  Enjoy the story and the picture and go make your own memories.  Opinions are fine, but this guy did nothing wrong.  And next time before you speak/type remember a wise man once said:  “Keep your mouth shut and let people believe you’re an idiot, or open it and remove all doubt.”  That being said, this guy is probably kind enough to give you guys some of that fish so you can quit eating the dingleberries, sewage, socks, and crap.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/24 at 08:34 AM

ill pass and keep my lil wienie fish that taste scrumdidlyuptious and ill let the bigguns go. To each their own but only thing i do wish is if someone has a varried opinion or feels a certain way that we should respect that persons opinion instead of slamming them every chance we get. i believe rick james is entitled to his opinion and even if it differs that does not make him an idiot or anything, just someone with a different viewpoint

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/24 at 08:56 AM

Davis, who works for Local 471 in Alton, is currently unemployed, which leaves him plenty of time to hunt and fish.

Yeah typical. Go huntin’ and fishin’ and getting unemployment rather than look for work

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/24 at 09:02 AM

lol timmy.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/24 at 09:13 AM

i doubt there is many jobs for him to apply for in the middle of the night.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/24 at 09:14 AM

Buckraiser it is not just Rick James post on this topic that is the reason for the hostility tword him. Look around the place in the last few days at what he has been saying. Look at his first post in the big dipper posting. Or the forum posting about the new cougar sighting website, he is inviting the reactions. If you truly believe in people having the freedom of their opinions then I can voice my opinion about his trolling. I hope he gets banned pretty soon.

Posted by illin on 04/24 at 11:29 AM

why should he be banned. just cause he thinks some dude should of let a catfish go and he doesnt like stars? people really take everything way way to personal in here to even get upset at such mild comments.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/24 at 12:03 PM

the people who should be banned are the ones who overreact and start calling anyone who says anything they dont agree with idiots and other names. We are not robots, we are humans and he is just as entitled as any of us to think stars are boring or that a catfish is yucky..

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/24 at 12:12 PM

Buckraiser he is the one overreacting to someone who is not doing what he likes. And he is the one who started the name calling by calling this man a redneck.

Posted by illin on 04/24 at 01:22 PM

No offense illin but the dude is a redneck.. it dont get more rednecker then that. As a redneck myself i can spot a fellow necker a mile a way…You might be a redneck if your family picture has a catfish in it.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/24 at 01:49 PM

hahahah . funny

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/24 at 05:00 PM

Think whatever you want, if Rick James’ comment would have been “Wow, what an awesome fish. I think he should have let him go.” That would have been just fine, and there would be no hostility. But he blindly insults the man. And for that he recieves the moron of the day award. No worries “Buckraiser” im sure you will recieve the award tomorrow.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/25 at 01:00 AM

Again i rest my case, you guys want to call someone an idiot or moron for saying something about a fish. how does that make you any better then him if your blindly calling him a name too. Its called being a hypocrite, you might want to look it up. I find redneck a heck lot less offensive as calling someone a moron or an idiot but either way if you find it wrong for him to insult someone what makes it right for you to do the same thing to him. It makes you no better a person. So go back behind your keyboard and keep on trying to be a tuff guy and trying to impress your e-friends since you probably would never have the cajones to call someone a moron in person you hipocrite.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/25 at 07:59 AM

People need to be held accountable for what they say thats all. They say something stupid, you bet someone needs to tell them about it. Yes you are entitled to your own viewpoint, but you go stating your views with moronic statements…..that makes you a moron. Oh Buckraiser, bless your heart. Flying all over PSO in defense of the morons. The good samaritan blogger, telling stories of your first kiss and how we should all feel warm and fuzzy over your great outlook on the outdoors. Call your mother, im sure she is very proud of you. Your such a sweetheart. Sissy.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/25 at 02:24 PM

Deertick when are you and ilbowhunter getting married i would like to attend? You 2 would make cute babies

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/25 at 06:34 PM

again i rest my case deertick. i make a point about how hunting should be and you want to call me a sissy, just goes to show who the actual adult is here. Im not going around like you calling everyone morons, idiots and sissy’s and at least im making valid points. Who voted you the judge and jury to decide what and who should be held accountable, to me it seems like you need to be held accountable because you sir seem to be starting alot more trash around here then most other people are. You seem to harbor alot of anger and resentment to any person with a differnce of opinion to you. And as for the sissy comment, like i stated before im quite positive that you would never utter those words to an ex-marine in person.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/25 at 06:42 PM

Why don’t all you sissy, morons, idiot, redneck, name callers go out into the woods and hunt each other. Jeepers! What a kindergarten group!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/26 at 09:38 AM

like i said bone collector, any of you name callers are more then welcome to come call me a sissy to my face anytime, but of course you wont because deep down all you are is a bunch of cowards who can only insult someone on the internet and hide behind a computer screen because your scared of your own shadows. BTW we know what kind of bones you like collecting so go take your sausage smuggling self elswhere, we dont take well to fudgepacking in these parts bone collector.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/26 at 11:35 AM

ok ok im sorry if i hurt your feelings marine. “You can’t handle the truth!” oh come on thats funny right there! wink After all it IS just my opinion that you are a moron, I hope you dont harbor any anger or resentment over it. and no more name calling,...i promise. even if you are a moron. ooops!....sorry.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/26 at 01:06 PM

Good to see this turned out so well.  Buckraiser what is your favorite cartoon?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/27 at 09:38 AM

hanky—- south park
bonercollector—-1313 mockingbird lane

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/27 at 02:19 PM

Why do idiots like rick even gettable speak on here? Seriously rick….. lose your job and see what you would do to support your family. I bet you would shoot a big Buck or keep a big fish to share with your family. Ya do what it takes for your own right. Bash me….. I recently caught a bass that I tried to revive for a half hour. Fish weighed 7-2 and guess what….... its going on my wall bud. You ever see what a mounted cat looks like?  They look better on the dinner plate of hungry kids.  Moral of mine is nice catch and it was your catch, and your plan to do what you will with that fish..  I support tainted the choice you made. That river has plenty of records in her. That ain’t the only blue cat in that river!!! Keep on fishing hard partner

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/28 at 08:21 AM

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