This month’s issue of CatfishNOW features alternative catfishing methods. Keith “Catfish” Sutton reports on the wild sport of hand fishing (noodling) for catfish. John N. Felsher describes jug/float line fishing in in Tennessee and Alabama. Ron Presley investigates the growing use of planer boards by catfish anglers. It’s different strokes for different folks in this mont’s CatfishNow.

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Catfish Connections

February is an exciting time for catfishermen and women.  All the shows, new product in stores, seminars on how to fish different and innovative techniques abound. Recently, I flew to Wisconsin to attend the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) annual conference. Noteworthy speakers from all walks of fishing defined and ...
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Blues on Boards

By Ron Presley Widen your spread and increase your catch Planer boards are a normal sight on walleye boats, but not so much among catfish anglers. Walleye anglers refer to their fishing technique as bottom bouncing, a technique that is closely related to what catfishers call dragging. Planner boards are ...
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Catfish Basics #009 – Sonar/Bait Placement for Flatheads – Jay Gallop

“Flatheads like cover,” says B’n’M Prostaffer Jay Gallop. Gallop fishes competitively with his partner Joey Pounders. More often than not it is flatheads that they are bringing to the scales. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s rocks and ledges or submerged trees,” Continued Gallop. “Anything they can lay up against or ...
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Caveman Catfishing

By Keith “Catfish” Sutton It’s the oldest method of catfishing, practiced since the time of Neanderthals. Are you brave enough to try it? You don’t need bait to catch catfish … not if you’re a noodler. Noodling requires only two items: your bare hands. That’s right. I said bare hands ...
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Catfish Basics #010 – Bait is Where You Find It – Kris Flores

Millions of anglers chase after the whiskered catfish for the same reason. “I like fishing for catfish because of their size and brute strength,” declared Kris Flores, a catfish angler out of New Mexico and proprietor of Muddy River Catfishing. “There aren't too many fish in North America that can ...
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Catfish Profiles in Passion – Phil King

by Ron Presley Sharing a lifetime of experience Phil King knows catfish. If you don’t believe that, just ask any knowledgably catfish angler. He was chasing big blue catfish before most anglers even thought about having a catfish tournament. King developed his passion for the whiskered fish as he fished ...
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CATFISH CONSERVATION : A Catfish Record Declined

by Ron Presley Catch-Photo_Release (CPR) has become the code word for many trophy catfish anglers. CPR is one thing that any recreational angler or tournament angler can do to help insure a population of trophy catfish for future generations. In January, 2017, Jeff Avey followed his personal principles with respect ...
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Getting the Drift of Catfishing

By John N. Felsher Float lines can load a boat with fish for little cost The 20-ounce sport drink bottle tipped and bobbed incessantly before creating a v-shaped wake in the opposite direction as we approached it. Frequently, the bottle disappeared beneath the surface for long periods, only to pop ...
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Catfish Kids: The ICCA Promotes Kids Fishing

by Matt Burlingame The Indiana Catfish Conservation Association (ICCA) was founded in 2012. Its mission is to promote the management of Indiana’s catfish resources with scientifically relevant data and grow the sport of catfishing through outreach and increased angling opportunities. Over the years the ICCA has worked closely with the ...
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River Rumors: Lead Ban

by Jim Shepherd Last Minute Lead Ban Will Affect Fishing, Hunting in USFWS Lands Nationwide USFWS Order 219 As U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director, Dan Ashe's tenure was at times contentious. But whenever I took exception with one of his decisions, there were back-channel emails reminding me that "we ...
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BnM How To Rod Protection

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Why We Catfish? Guest Editorial by Tammy Wilson

Editor’s Note: Past and future issues of CatfishNow have focused, in this column, on Why We Catfish. This month’s column reaches a little further because many catfish anglers like to fish for other species too, and most have that place they love the most. Something tells me that many of ...
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Tournament Results February 2017

OLD DOMINION JANUARY 14th HOPEWELL MARINA 1. David Jones/Barry Jones/Wayne Austin 113.75 2. John Garland/James Williams 94.55 3. Jonathan Penny/Anthony Penny 93.55 4. Ryan Smiley/Leo Smiley 93 5. Todd Glidewell/Trevor Morgan 89.4 CAROLINA CATFISH TRAIL JANUARY 14th WYLIE-BUSTER BOYD 1. Benji Brown/Todd Kendrick 78.39 2. Anthony Dallas/Tony Dallas 66.08 3 ...
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Catfish Clubs

CLUB CONTACTS WEBSITE ALABAMA CATFISH TRAIL DANIEL PARSONS www.alabamacatfishtrail.com BIG CAT QUEST KEN FREEMAN www.bigcatquest.com BIG SIOUX CAT ANGLERS DICK HENRICHSEN www.bigsiouxcatanglers.com CABELA'SKING KAT TOURNAMENT TRAIL JEREMY COE www.kingkatusa.com CAROLINA ANGLERS TEAM TRAIL C.A.T.T BRETT COLLINS www.cattrail.org CATFISH CHASERS TOURNAMENT SERIES DAVID STUDEBAKER www.catfishchasers.com CATFISH CONFERENCE www.catfishconference.com CATFISH COUNTRY www.catfishcountry.com ...
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Catfish Calendar – February 2017

FEBRUARY 17th - 18th CABELA'S KING KAT SANTEE COOPER SUPER FEBRUARY 18th CATFISH MAFIA FT. WASHINGTON CLUB FEBRUARY 18th HOLD'EM HOOK INGALLS HARBOR CLUB FEBRUARY 18th JKV CATFISHING GENEVA/KY CLUB FEBRUARY 18th WEST TN CATFISH ANGLERS DUVALL LANDING CLUB FEBRUARY 18th CATFISH NATION FORT WASHINGTON CLUB FEBRUARY 25th C.A.T.S. ESCAMBIA ...
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