Catfish Connections

Welcome everyone to the May edition of CatfishNow (CFN) digital magazine and social media platform. We are extremely pleased to bring you our monthly collection of catfish related content and this month’s presentation of three great catfishing destinations. We hope you will share it with your friends, relatives and other catfish enthusiasts.

April was another busy month with catfish events as well as a little personal pleasure. The pleasure part came when I joined other outdoor writers at Gaston’s White River Resort at Lakeview, AK. I caught my first brown trout and enjoyed some incredible Arkansas hospitality. I highly recommend you visit if you every get the chance.

I also had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Santee Cooper Monster Cat Quest Tournament, held out of Black’s Camp in SC. Congratulations to Jimmy Holbrook, Chris Gaines and their volunteers for staging a great catfish tournament. If you are a tournament director or organizer be sure to contact Angela Pearsall ( to have your tournament info included in CatfishNow each month.

My fishing opportunities included a couple incredible days with Capt. Brian Barton and Capt. David Allen on Wilson and Pickwick. Caught my personal best flathead (at the time) with Barton and personal best striper with Allen. From there I visited Guntersville and had another incredible outing with Capt. Ty Konkle. In two days of fishing I added two more personal best flatheads.

Next I travelled to Lebanon, TN to attend Jim Duckworth’s Writers Camp and had the opportunity to fish on Percy Priest for the first time. The lake rose five feet the night before our trip, making the fishing pretty tough, but it is always great to experience a new body of water.

During the last week of my adventures I was following Justin Conner and Tabitha Linville on Facebook, watching them pull in monster after monster as they spent a few days on Wheeler. They reported catching 80.7, 78, 76, 70, 67, 64 (flattie), 63, 61, 58 (flattie), 58, 54, 52, 52 and 50-pound fish. They also reported too many less than these to list! Catfishing is alive and well. Congrats to Justin and Tabitha and everyone else that experienced some great fishing in April.

Finally, I would like to hear from you. I am interested in stories related to catfish personal bests. If you have an interesting story related to catching your personal best catfish, please contact me by email at Some of the more interesting stories will be published in future issues of CFN.


Fish with passion,

Ron Presley, Editor

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