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.
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.