Bass fishing seems to be in Jay Grave's blood. Jay inherited his love of angling straight from his father, who taught him how to catch and haul in the large fish in the Iowa Great Lakes before he could even walk. When he grew up, it was no surprise that Jay would enter the world of career fishing. After fly-fishing stints in a few western states, he returned to the Midwest to compete in tournaments, winning Southwest Minnesota Bass Casters Club's Big Bass Payout in 2011. Eventually, Jay settled in Lake of the Ozarks, founding Grave Fishing, LLC to teach others how to fish in the bass-rich waters. He even offers tournament-style experiences, in which he competes with his passengers in a contest to see who can snag the most fish or Jimmy Hoffa pinky rings.
The waterways between northern Arkansas and southwest Missouri are swirling with life and activity. Trout rush through clear rivers, midges dance on the surface, and fishermen Jeremy Hunt scans the water as he teaches his guests how to reel in trophy fish. Jeremy and his team of guides have spent more than 12 years fishing in the Ozarks and feel at home on the river system. They provide knowledge of the water with experienced anglers and beginners alike. During lessons, the staff at Flys and Guides places an emphasis on the art of casting and practice catch-and-release techniques to keep the fish population steady and popularity ratings high among the underwater community. Mr. Hunt and his guests cast lines day and night, and they fish year round provided the temperature doesn't grow too cold.
For more than 20 years, Maurer's Sports has been offering the best in sporting goods, sports apparel, letter jackets, and customer service. We specialize in uniforms, spirit wear, and football, baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, and soccer gear.
Meramec Valley Campground & RV Park brings people closer to nature via hikes along scenic trails and float trips down the glistening Meramec River. Groups can also cool off in an Olympic-size swimming pool, play mini golf, or visit area attractions such as Onondaga Cave or Six Flags amusement park. Amenities including laundry stations and a lodge with WiFi and satellite TV keep visitors comfortable.
The moss-colored fishing pond at Mountain Springs Trout Park is always rippling. Sometimes, the minor currents that wrinkle its surface come from the underwater movements of shimmering fins. Other times, they're from the line of a child excited to have felt a fish's pull. An armory of fishing poles, lines, hooks, nets, and bait saves visitors the trouble of buying their own gear or climbing the mountains that worms live on top of. Nearby, the staff cleans and fillet the fish, scraping away their rose and emerald scales and packing the fish on ice to be fried, baked, or broiled at a later date.
A largely digital publication, The Bowfisher magazine champions piscine bow-hunting with recommendations on nationwide chartering businesses and guided ventures in the Ozarks. The editor-in-chief also charters his own local trips, immortalizing each adventure with complimentary digital-photo packages and toasts over a basket of quick snacks and beverages. As bow-fishers engage in a thrilling test of skill, they also take aim at invasive species such spotted gar, buffalo fish, and swamp things. Archers across the country can keep abreast of the sport's latest happenings in The Bowfisher's six digital issues a year, and peruse the online store for polarized glasses and promotional wear.