Kevin Clingon loves to fish. More likelythan not on the nice sunny day you’llfind him out on the waterpursuing his passion. But 20 years agoKevin really loved to fish. And backthen that whole sunny day thing didn’tmean a thing. Why he’d get out in anyweather. KEVIN: yeah I’ll go I’d go tomorrowif it was 17 degrees. Doesn’t bother me. Kevin’s big day was December 18, 1994. He was out on Stockton Lake was friendMike Bird. The entire drive up all Kevintalked about is the state record isgonna get beat today. I’m not kidding you. Now get this. It was 17 degrees. Whoo! But the fish were biting, big time. Some of the worst conditions can be someof the best conditions on the lakeespecially with Stockton. It’s a really, incredibly windy lake. Somebrutal conditions can produce somemonster bags of fish. He caught alargemouth bass over 6 pounds. Thenanother one, and then another one. Whoo!The fishin was crazy. Then anothermonster largemouth was on his line thistime over 8 pounds. Yeah, it was truly an epic day. So we’resitting here looking each other we’vealready got five bass in the boat andthey’re all, all of them are over five poundsand a couple of them are over six, and oneover eight. And Mike looked to me and hesaid have you ever caught any smallmouth?And I said sure, but I don’t usuallycatch them in this part of the lake. Asthe morning drew on they decided to moveto the Little Sac arm of the lake andtry their luck with smallmouth. Welltheir luck held out. And we fished forwhat about 40 minutes and didn’t haveany bites and right as we come off and Ihad a Lawrence x16 paper graph and I sawa line and the line indicates a fish andI dropped my spoon down there and Ihopped it one time and he hit it. And it was on. I knew it was a good fish, it neverjumped. It just stayed down. It justwould not come off the bottom. And I hadit on 12 pound line, backthen a five and a half foot bait castingrod and we’ve got it up and netted it. And I told Mike when I netted it I’m pretty sure that’s a state recordsmallmouth. The fish Clingan reeled inweighed 7 pounds 2 ounces making it thenew official Missouri state record forsmallmouth bass. Smallmouth rarely getlonger than 22 inches, five and a halfpounds of Missouri. And that 7pound 2 ounce fish. . . it’s just, it’s such anexceptional fish. A fish of that sizewith the fighting ability that thatsmallmouth have, I just I can’t imagine agreater thrill being a smallmouthfisherman myself to me I mean there’s,there’s not a better, better state recordthan that fish right there.