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Barstool Outdoors S2 Episode 5: Mississippi Mudcats Under The Arch Feat. Cam Janssen

Produced by: Logan Spence | Edited by: Tom Leigh 

I am so proud to present you the first Barstool Outdoors episode in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.  And while there are a ton of different Outdoors adventures in the area, there was no other place to start than the Muddy Mississippi.  The river runs from all the way up in northern Minnesota and flows over 2,000 miles south into the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.  Its an incredible waterway that has provided an enormous industrial value to our country.  

While I've seen the Mississippi downtown by the arch hundreds of times growing up and going to Blues, Cardinals, and Rams games, I'd never really seriously fished in it.  Most kids growing up in STL know that its really dangerous and fast water... and that its nasty.  No one ever tells you that there are huge catfish sitting right there off the shore past where you are standing for your 5th grade field trip.  Well after some messages back and forth on Instagram, I found myself putting out from the boat ramp on a HOT summer day in search of these thick beasts.

When you are tangling with some bad mammajamas, sometimes you gotta bring backup just to be safe.  I tried to find someone who had been in a few tilts before... 


Cam Janssen is a St. Louis legend and it was a huge honor to have him in this episode.  The dude is 10 million volts of electricity at all times and couldn't have had a better attitude about making this entire thing happen.  We had so much fun making it and I cannot wait to film more stuff with Cam.  

Also, make sure to check out Ryan from Show Me Catfishing who took us out and made sure we had a blast.  We fished our asses off for 2 days and caught more Catfish than I've ever seen in my life.  Crazy numbers and it was all super relaxed and fun.  The fishery is really special and I will definitely be back and be back often.  Follow him on Instagram at @Showme_Catfishing

Shout to the Big Rig Pat Maroon who was supposed to be in this episode but was unable to at the last minute due to a family emergency.  We would have loved to have the big man on the boat with us and we are most definitely going to do it again with him involved.  That being said, I want to dedicate this episode to St. Louis legend Charlie Gitto who sadly passed away the week of us filming this in St. Louis.  He was a legendary figure in the community and will undoubtedly be remembered throughout the city.  I want to send my prayers to Pat and Fran and I know his family is incredibly proud of his life as they should be.

P.S. Yes I am aware that a day after we filmed this episode, someone caught a 112 lb. Cat in the EXACT same spot we were fishing the day before. I got 100 texts about it and more and more steam came out of my ears by the minute.  I will be back to get one 113 lbs very soon I can promise you that.