Welcome to the July edition of CatfishNow (CFN) digital magazine and social media platform. At this time last year CatfishNow was only a dream. I had been engaged in outdoor writing for 7 or 8 years, following a career in academia. I enjoyed the teaching and administration for years, but retirement moved me in another direction. I spent 10 years as a fishing guide on Florida’s east coast and I can truthfully say I never had a bad experience taking other people fishing. Anglers are generally pretty nice folks.
During the latter part of that 10-year period I started writing for fun. It was something I enjoyed and continued after ending the guiding career. As my interest moved from saltwater to freshwater fishing I gravitated more and more towards catfishing. The more I learned and wrote about the subject, the more I realized there were thousands of stories to be told.
At the time, I was writing crappie stories for Tim Huffman at CrappieNow. That publication was co-published by Dan Dannenmueller and the late T.J. Stallings. One day I mentioned to T.J., that they should publish a CatfishNow.
His response was to talk to Dan, because he already had te idea some years ago. In fact, Dan had already secured the website name and had given preliminary thought to a catfish publication.
The rest as they say, is history. CatfishNow is a reality and I now enjoy having many new friends in the catfish community and look forward to making many more. Our industry continues to grow. Recreational anglers are eager to learn; old-timers are interested in sharing; tournament anglers are pushing the boundaries on how-to-catch-them and manufacturers are catching on to the growth potential of the catfishing industry.
I believe that there is nowhere to go but up, and the staff at CatfishNow is pleased to be along for the ride. We even hope to push the industry up the hill a bit.
We would like to hear from you. We encourage you, as readers and as advertisers, to continue your feedback. Tell us what you think of this issue and what you would like to see in future issues.
Our goal is to help grow the sport of catfishing to the benefit of all. We look forward to your comments and will seriously consider them as input for future editions.
I also want to thank our great sponsors that stand behind us and make it possible for CatfishNow to be offered free to our readers. I certainly hope that you will reciprocate by supporting them when you can.
We are extremely pleased to bring you this month’s collection of catfish related content and we hope you will share it with your friends, relatives and other catfish enthusiasts.
Fish with passion,
Ron Presley, Editor