The Fallen Outdoors recently hosted a kayak fishing trip with Chad Hoover and six military veterans on the Gasconade River in Pulaski County, Missouri. Chad is a US Navy veteran as well as owner and founder of KBF – Kayak Bass Fishing. KBF is the nation’s foremost organization that engages, supports and informs kayak bass anglers, kayak bass fishing, and they host kayak tournaments and trips all over the country. Chad recently got involved with The Fallen Outdoors to help promote their mission of getting veterans on the water and into the woods and even though their day on the Gasconade didn’t provide trophy fish for all, it was still a successful day spent outdoors while making new friendships, and enjoying nature’s beautiful surroundings.
Guest blogger Jeremy Mitchell shared some highlights and photos of their recent outing on the river.
Pulaski county rivers can be fickle, but never disappoint. Six veterans hit the Gasconade River on a gloomy Thursday morning, in the hopes of finding some trophy smallmouth.
The overcast conditions should have set up perfectly for a great topwater bite, but nobody was able to find a consistent bite on anything but a Ned rig.
The fishing was below average but everyone still managed to catch fish during the eight mile float.
The highlight of the day was the 18.25” smallie that Chad Hoover stuck with a Ned rig. Multiple fish like this during the course of a day are the norm on rivers in Pulaski County, so it made that one just a little more special on this particular day.
The rivers can definitely spoil you with beautiful views and aggressive fish, but when they just don’t want to play, you realize that there is still so much to learn before you can master the art of smallmouth fishing.
Despite the lackluster fishing, the camaraderie, friendly banter, and beautiful scenery made for an awesome day!
The Fallen Outdoors began in 2009 with their mission to organize outdoor adventures for veterans past and present, from every generation and from all branches of the military. Their aim is to connect Soldiers, Airman, Sailors and Marines with like-minded individuals along with teaching them a skill and passion they can continue for a lifetime. Today, TFO serves thousands of veterans a year across the United States. To learn more about The Fallen Outdoors visit their website or meet them at their Outdoor Expo.
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Photos and blog content provided by Jeremy Mitchell