Hi folks, my name is Alfred Chapman. I’m a life long resident of central Missouri for 54 years. I have worked in construction for thirty plus years building and managing rental property. We live in the country on a small farm this has been home since 1983. My wife Karen and I have a daughter Ashley, she has graduated from SBU in Bolivar Missouri. Karen and Ashley love going to church, eating out, shopping…. and more shopping; and I like to fish, no kidding, I started fishing as a young boy on the Gasconade and Osage rivers. My father and uncles took me on float trips and wade fishing when I was about five years old, for small mouth bass and black bass, goggle eye and crappie.
This was the beginning of a love for the outdoors. Fishing and hunting was a big part of our family’s time together. We took hunting trips to Colorado for elk and mule deer when I was fourteen, I even skipped school to go. We have friends that guide hunting trips and in my late twenty’s I started to work as a guide for them at times. The one thing I learned was to make it fun first and foremost. The second thing was to show them the beauty of the outdoors, and third was to get some game.
In the late seventies I took up fishing local tournaments with the Central Missouri Bass Masters. We fished the Bass Masters Federation tournaments in 1988 as a team and I finished third that qualified me to fish the national tournament in Tennessee. I then started to fish buddy tournaments on rivers and lakes in Missouri until the early 2000’s. A good friend of mine (Steve) told me about Central Pro-Am in 2001 and in 2002 I was angler of the year and won the year end championship…. all this my first year as an amateur. When my daughter started college in 2004 fishing had to take a back seat to her education.
My dream now is to take people fishing on the Osage River, Lake Ozark and Gasconade River. If good size black bass, Spotted bass, small mouth, white bass, crappie and hybrids are for you, then I can help you catch them. The river lets you enjoy your day fishing without the big boats and waves. The Osage River is one of the best in the Midwest for numbers and size. January is the time to see the Bald Eagles come to Missouri, some Eagles stay and have young ones, these can be seen on most trips. In March the fishing takes off in full swing and lasts into late fall and early winter. Around October, with beautiful colors and the bluffs with Eagles and other wildlife, you should enjoy your day on the water. Kids enjoy the boat ride and catching their first fish but not as much as I enjoy watching them.
Most people that start fishing at an early age “NEVER GROW UP“, they always enjoy the memory of their youth.
Thank You and Let’s Go Fishing