Catdaddy gets TV segment

Catdaddy gets TV segment

February 1, 2010

A local catfishing expert will be on The Outdoor Channel next month.

Topeka's R.R. Shumway, better known as Catdaddy, will be profiled on a program entitled The Legends of Rod & Reel. The channel's TV listings say Catdaddy will be on at 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 5.

Other viewings should follow and they are scheduled for the weekends — they will be listed on The Outdoor Channel's Web site at a future date.

Shumway was ecstatic about the segment filmed on the Kansas River, where the local angler serves as a guide for fishermen who want to catch the big flatheads and other monster catfish that inhabit the Kaw.

"Man, we killed them during the filming," Shumway said of the numbers and size of fish he and his fellow fishermen caught. "It's going to be something."

Ron Schara Productions was responsible for creating the Catdaddy segment. Schara operations director Kelly Jo McDonnell was pleased with the way the Catdaddy show turned out.

"Catdaddy turned out great," she said.

The Schara team, on the production company's Web site, describes the show this way:

"These are The Legends of Rod & Reel: Some are famous; some are not. Some catch crappies; some chase bass. Some battle tarpon; some cast for carp.

"No matter, they all share one thing in common. Every legend is exceptional with a hook and line. They possess fishing skills the rest of us can only wish we had.

"They have a thirst to catch. They fish with passion."

Bass fishing guru Bill Dance was among the 2009 Legends. The other names on the list — a mix of local and national fishing icons — had these names: Trevor Goudy Gary Roach, Dave Romeo, Larry Dahlberg, Rimmer Covington, Flip Pallot, Joe Baigas, Mike McClelland, Ron Weber, Frank Moore and Patricia Strutz.

Since Shumway started fishing as a youngster with his dad — a Topeka bait shop owner/operator — he's enjoyed the experience.

The Legends of Rod & Reel presentation will show viewers how much Catdaddy enjoys catching the big cats.


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