His mother lived to be 102, so Loren Beaumont figures he has many years of fishing left but none may come close to the excitement he experienced landing the "big" blue cat just a few weeks ago.
Widowed about a year ago, Beaumont, 89, spends hours fishing on Lake of the Ozarks. He was a frequent visitor to the lake until about a year ago when he and his wife decided to move here permanently from Illinois. Within months of moving, his wife passed away. She was an avid fisherman and shared her love of the sport with her husband. Now, Beaumont says fishing is one of the ways he stays active.
Although he enjoys casting a line while out on the water on his pontoon boat, his recent "big catch" was snagged right off the community dock at Lazy Days where he lives in Osage Beach.
Beaumont was using a drop line off the dock. He had baited the line with a bluegill he had caught the night before and left the line overnight hoping to come back and find a nice catch. He didn't expect to come back and find a 65-pound Blue Cat, struggling to get away.
"I couldn't lift it by myself so I knew I had something good, I didn't expect it to be such a monster," he said. "That fish had really bitten into the hook."
Beaumont said the drop line was about 15 feet down. He enlisted the help of one of his fishing buddies at Lazy Days to wrestle the fish out of the water and up onto the dock.
"It was something, I couldn't believe it." he said. "We wondered what he had been eating around the dock there until we discovered the blue cat had been eating the discarded crappie bones and heads that we throw back in the water."
When all was said and done and the blue cat was weighed in and measure, it was 42 inches long with a girth of over 20 inches.
"I really enjoyed catching that fish," he said. We got six nice size quart bags of filets form the sides of the blue cat. One of these days we are going to have a fish fry."