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THE ONE THAT DIDN’T GET AWAY

Ken Williams has now caught two catfish believed to weigh over 40 pounds apiece in a pond on Shirkey Golf Course property. He didn’t have a camera available the first time, but had this photo taken late last month. (Submitted photo)

Would you believe this 40-plus pound channel cat was caught at a golf course? It’s no fish tale.

By David Knopf/Richmond News

When Kenneth Williams heads for Shirkey Golf Club, he’s not likely to be dressed in a polo shirt or haul a set of clubs around.

He doesn’t know a nine iron from a curling iron.

And though Williams is a Shirkey member, it’s not to play a course that Golf Digest once rated the “top course to play in the Kansas City area.”

Williams may not much about sinking a hole in one, but he spends hours with a rod and reel at a different kind of hole at Shirkey’s east end.

Williams, a former meat cutter at what’s now Richmond Apple Market, is around 74, his son, Steve, says. He’s fished all his life, even done some tournament fishing in places like Bull Shoals and Truman Lake. But his home pond is one that lies between Shirkey’s sixth and seventh holes.

“He’s fished there for years,” said Steve, who works in Springfield. “He’s not a golfer, he’s a fisherman. There aren’t many days when he doesn’t (fish). He’s fished Ray County Lake and the reservoir at Hamilton.”

On the map at www.shirkeygolfcourse.com, the most popular pond to fish at Shirkey looks a bit like an oversized tooth with two unusually long roots.

 

One Response to THE ONE THAT DIDN’T GET AWAY

  1. John R. Culpepper

    December 2, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Actually, I believe this monster to be of the flathead variety. Channel catfish rarely exceed 30 lbs. Still, nice catch for rod and reel. (I’m jealous..lol)

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