When residents and visitors are out and about continuing their holiday shopping this weekend, there are some opportunities to get the outdoorsman or woman in their life a special gift.
Over the last few weeks, Bill Cassidy, Osage Beach Bait & Tackle owner, has shared some fun gift ideas for every member of the family who loves fishing Lake of the Ozarks.
When a child is opening presents from Santa and family members on Christmas morning, they will be equally excited to find their very own or possibly very first fishing rod. Both in girls' and boys' styles like Tinkerbell or Spiderman, beginning cast rods like these shown with the article are ones that not only can be used for first fishing trips but also in safe practice throughout the winter.
"These rods come with a practice fish weight that allows the kid practice casting before heading out on the Lake," Cassidy said. "It is a perfect starting fishing rod and one that is easy for youngsters to use."
In addition, Cassidy said if anyone would like to know about fishing whether it's about crappie, catfish, bass, hybrids or other types, he requests them to stop in to Osage Beach Bait & Tackle to ask questions and learn more about fishing.
"We are here to answer any questions and are more than happy to teach you about fishing different types of fish, tie correct hooks, casting - whatever you need to know," he said. "The only way you can become a better fisherman is by allowing someone to show and teach you. That's what we do here and enjoy helping everyone become a better fisherman or woman, as well as get some nice catches here at the Lake."
Cassidy's fishing tip and lure of the week will return in early March to The Lake Today. However, Cassidy also said if anyone would like to call in with questions regarding outdoors, hunting or fishing during his Saturday morning radio show, "Outdoors in the Ozarks," from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on 1150 AM or 97.5 FM, call 573-302-7000. For more information, contact Osage Beach Bait & Tackle at 573-348-9333, and don't forget to stop in and see Osage Beach Bait & Tackle's mascot, Chewy the dog.