Bass or Bass? you guys need to get together and compare notes!

?It?s all about the fight,? said Hentges, who regularly patrols stretches of the James River for giant cats. ?I?ve landed a 30-incher on the Jim and had some really good days with lots of big fish. But it?s also about being alone on the river. I prefer river fishing because you can go a day without seeing another person or another boat.?

Hentges grew up in Park Rapids, Minn., and went to school at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he started fishing the Red River for catfish. He now fishes in up to four catfish tournaments in North Dakota and Minnesota throughout the year.

Although Hentges admits hauling in a heavy catfish never gets old, like many fishermen, he has a bucket list of bigger fish to fry. And, after a recent trip to Texas with two of his friends ? Jakob Hals of Rogers, Minn., and Charles Tarnasky of Bismarck, N.D., ? he can now cross the elusive alligator gar off his list.