A father and son visiting the Lake of the Ozarks for the first time from Texas recently had a fishing trip they will surely remember and talk about for a long time. On Tuesday, March 15, Val Grikis, 53, and his son, Ryan, 12, were fishing the waters of the Lake of the Ozarks with local guide Jack Uxa. The trio were fishing near the Fort Leonard Wood Lake of the Ozarks Recreational Area around the eight-mile marker of the Grand Glaize arm of the Lake.
“At first, Val thought he had snagged a carp because it was so big and fighting so hard,” said Uxa. “But I looked back and saw a giant bass boil and knew he did not have a carp, but a huge bass on the line. I immediately grabbed my net and we landed the monster first try. I knew it had to be at least 10 pounds, but I didn’t have my scale with me and had to call a friend to bring his so we could get an actual measurement. That bass officially weighed in at 10.11 pounds.”