Big Cat Quest crowns Angler of the Year.

Larry Muse and Rudy Schiffer's personal best Bluecat.

Larry Muse and Rudy Schiffer’s personal best Bluecat.

Ken Freeman handed the trophy to Larry Muse at the recent national championship event in Tunica, Mississippi. Obviously moved by the award, Muse thanked God, his team and Joyce his wife of 35-years. He also thanked his sponsors.

We enjoyed the buffet at the Fitzgerald’s Casino that evening. Muse reminisced about his “Granny French” who took time to teach him fishing as a young boy. His teammates are family too. Muse’s dad, Frank Meador, and Brother Dino Meador listened as he recalled his early fishing days.

Today, Muse fishes his nearby Pickwick Lake from Corinth, Mississippi. There must be something special about this town. Top anglers Phil King, Tim Haney, and David Shipman, also reside in Corinth.

In addition to his years of knowledge, Muse counts on his gear. He chooses lighter weight ABU rods to reduce fatigue while “Bump fishing”. Muse uses the ABU Alpha-mar reel in sizes 12 and 16. His line of choice is Spider Wire, Invisi-braid tied to Stren 80-pound leader material. His hook of choice is the Daiichi Circle Chunk Light in the 5/0 and 7/0 sizes.

Even his boat is a true catfish design. The 24- foot Sea-Ark rigged with a 225-Suzuki is a comfortable platform. Muse relies heavily on his 1197 Humminbird and Minn Kota Terrova trolling motor. “I can dial my speed with the current, down to a crawl when fishing is slow.” he stated as he double-checked his remote.

Sharing the sport comes easily to Muse. He quickly offered advice to us as we fished the Mississippi River on practice day. Muse did not hesitate to help fellow competitors too. “I’ve been blessed. The best way I can pay it back is to help other anglers”.

I think Granny French would be proud.

Blessings, -TJ

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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