This month’s issue of CatfishNow brings you stories of kids and catfish. Most people agree that the sport needs to recruit more youth to help it grow. This issue is full of tips that will help you provide a memorable fishing experience with youth. You will also hear from some kids that are likely to be involved in catfishing for years to come. Share the passion.

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Catfish Connections

December is the month of visiting and enjoying family, friends and especially children. Building a lifetime of memories during this blessed season and special times fishing. Based on this theme, we thought it would be a fit to dedicate the December CatfishNow edition to kids. Growing up in the boot ...
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8 Ways to Make Family Catfishing Trips Unforgettable for Kids

Story and photos by Keith “Catfish” Sutton Fishing excursions with children should be about more than just catching fish. It’s funny the things we remember. When I was 10 years old, my grandmother took me, my younger sister and two young cousins on a fishing trip that remains vivid in ...
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Catfish Basics #029 – Five Basic Fishing Tips – Cooper Jackson

Ten-year-old Cooper Jackson is this month’s cover boy. He is lucky enough to have a catfishing father, Rusty Jackson, to take him fishing. Evidently, he has been paying attention on the river because he has some tips for other youngsters. Fishing is a lot like school. You need to do ...
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Catfish Profiles in Passion – Nicholas Lyon

by Ron Presley What isn’t there to love about cat fishing Nicholas Lyon compares his passion for fishing to Christmas morning. It’s exciting, it’s uplifting, and it’s fulfilling. Fishing in general is an adrenalin rush for him, but there’s something special about catfish. “I would describe my passion for catfishing ...
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Conservation Terms to Teach Your Kids

by Ron Presley What should you teach your kids about conservation? To begin with, kids can understand, at a pretty young age, just what it means to conserve. In our efforts to teach them about catfish conservation we should first teach them what the word means. If they spend all ...
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Catfish Basics #030 – Practice, practice, practice ─ Hunter Fussell

Hunter Fussell caught a 41.83-pound blue cat to earn the Big Fish Championship belt in the Youth Division at the Santee Cooper Monster Cat Quest in 2017. The Goose Creek, SC, angler believes in taking care of the fish. He was spotted in the water at the release point accepting ...
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CFN How To – Circle Hooks for Catfish with Asher Samsel

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Bringing Them up Right

by Brad Durick How I got my boy interested in catfishing As anglers there are two things that we all must take very seriously. First, we must be conservationists to protect the fish and fisheries so there is clean water and fish to catch for generations to come. Second, we ...
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Catfish Kids: Low Country Field of Dreams

by Ron Presley It’s all about the kids Low Country Field of Dreams started out providing deer hunts for kids. Now, in their 13th year they still provide deer hunts, but have expanded to offering turkey hunting, dove hunting, and two fishing trips - a striper trip and a catfish ...
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The Importance of Taking Kids Fishing

by Joe Schmitt, Ph.D. Candidate, Virginia Tech Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Take a kid fishing, the future of the sport may depend on it! Our digital culture We live in a digital era. We are constantly distracted by thousands of TV channels, Netflix, video games, Facebook, and YouTube ...
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Personal Best ─ Conner King

by Ron Presley The enthusiasm of youth Like most anglers do, 13-year-old Conner King reminisces about his personal best (PB) catfish. Also, like most catfish anglers, he looks forward to breaking it. Conner comes from a catfish family, so it’s no mystery that he would have a passion for catfishing ...
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Why We Catfish

A Guest Editorial with Madison Atkins and Christopher Grose Editor’s note: In this special issue of CatfishNow, dedicated to catfish youth, we ask two tournament catfishing youth why they catfish. Their answers are recorded below. It is our hope at Catfishnow that more young anglers like these two will join ...
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Catfish Calendar

DEC 16th CATFISH MAFIA LOWER POTOMAC CLUB JAN 6TH SOUTHEASTERN CATFISH CLUB LAKE WYLIE CLUB JAN 20th CATFISH MAFIA LOWER POTOMAC CLUB JAN 20th FISHIN BLUES ELLSWORTH SHOOTOUT JAN 27th JKV CATFISHING GREEN RIVER CLUB FEB 3rd CABELA'S KING KAT TENN/TOM WATERWAY CLUB FEB 3rd SOUTHEASTERN CATFISH CLUB LAKE WATEREE ...
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