Don’t quit fishing when the weather gets cold. Big cats tend to congregate and give anglers a great chance to catch a personal best. Tune up your winter tactics with tips from Keith “Catfish” Sutton, Eddie White, and Paula Smith in this month’s issue of CatfishNow.

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Catfish Connections

Wow, it seems like New Year’s just occurred, but we are already into month two for 2019. Time passes so quickly. Before we know it, spring will be here, and it will be catfish catching everywhere! January overall was warmer and it brought a good catfish bite. February can also ...
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Cold Water Blue Cats

by Ron Presley Taking advantage of cold-water blues. When winter rolls around and brings her colder weather patterns to town, Paula Smith’s thoughts migrate toward fooling some big blue catfish. The Waverly, TN resident knows from experience that catfish get more predictable as the temperatures fall and that is a ...
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Catfish Gear #013 — Offshore Tackle Planer Boards

Planer boards have become a vital part of most catfish angler’s arsenal. They were used for years in walleye fishing and have been adopted by many catfish anglers. There is no better way to increase your spread when dragging. Just put one or two boards out each side of the ...
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Catfish Basics #057 – Move in the Winter – Jody Beavin, B’n’M Poles

There is no reason not to use the same basic bait and rigs in the winter. We use skipjack and if we can find it, fresh shad. But 90% of the time we use skipjack from Bassnmore and the Catfish Bunker right here in Owensboro. My favorite rig is a ...
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Cold-Water Strategies for Giant Blue Cats

by Keith “Catfish” Sutton Winter is prime time for catching monster blue cats if you know some tips for success. The big blue cat cruised the lake bottom beneath an enormous school of baitfish. The water was 45 degrees, but the catfish was not lethargic. He moved rapidly, gorging on ...
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Catfish Basics #058 – Shallow Shad – Jake Herman, Kennesaw, GA

I frequent Lake Allatoona, also known as "the dead sea," I fish there mostly because it is close to home. Then there is the Etowah River that feeds Lake Altoona and leaves to join the Oostanaula River to form the Coosa River in Rome, Georgia. I also fish the Coosa ...
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Icing Cats

by Captain Eddie White Finding and catching channel cats through the ice. Ice fishing for channel catfish is as tough as it sounds. Unless you have spent an adequate amount of time on a lake, reservoir or river it will generally take time and patience, and a small amount of ...
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Santee’s Winter Blues

 by Monty Hill Testing the cold shallow waters of winter. I have always heard that during the cold of winter the fish go deep. So, during the Fall and Winter months, I have always targeted catfish in the deeper creeks and river channels in whatever body of water I may ...
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Millions of Kids Want You to Take Them Fishing

by Robert Montgomery   Most who fish started as children younger than 12. That was confirmed by a report on fishing back in 2015 from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. It pegged the number at "more than 85 percent." More often than not, a parent, grandparent, or some other ...
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Catfish Conference 2019 – The Tradition Continues

by Ron Presley Where the catfish community gathers If you want to achieve something worthwhile you have to take chances. That is exactly what happened back in 2016 when a few people had the notion to put on the first Catfish Conference. The willingness to take the necessary chances back ...
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Why We Catfish: A Guest Editorial by Justin Johnston

For the fun of a kayak sleigh ride. For most of us, our first childhood fishing memories involved watching a bobber dance around on the water surface before getting pulled under by an unsuspecting bluegill. That feeling of excitement and accomplishment as you reel in that first fish as a ...
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Tournament Results

SOUTHEASTERN CATFISH CLUB JANUARY 5th LAKE WATEREE 1. Aaron Buchanan/Matt Hall 90.8 2. Ashley Campbell/Jennifer Campbell 90.25 3. Richard Warskow/Mark Turner 86.8 4. Andy Pitts/Rylan& Chris Debruhl/Tripp Cobb 80.9 5. Zach Taylor/Joni Bailey/Matthew Anthony 73.6 BIG FISH 1. Andy Pitts/Rylan& Chris Debruhl/Tripp Cobb 59.5 OLD DOMINION CATFISH CLUB JANUARY 12th ...
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Catfish Calendar

FEB 16th ALABAMA CATFISH SERIES SWIFT CREEK SERIES FEB 16th ALL AMERICAN CATFISH TOURNAMENTS KAW POINT 1 CLUB/ICE BREAKER FEB 16th CABELA'S KING KAT TOURNAMENT TRAIL SANTEE COOPER TRAIL FEB 16th REEL DEAL EXTREME CATFISHING PATRIOT CLUB FEB 16th WEST TN CATFISH ANGLERS MUD ISLAND CLUB FEB 22nd - 24th ...
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Catfish Clubs

CLUB FACEBOOK ALABAMA CATFISH SERIES FACEBOOK ALL AMERICAN CATFISH TOURNAMENTS FACEBOOK BIG SIOUX CAT ANGLERS FACEBOOK CABELA'S KING KAT TOURNAMENT TRAIL FACEBOOK CATFISH CHASERS TOURNAMENT SERIES FACEBOOK CATFISH CONFERENCE FACEBOOK CATFISH NATION OUTDOORS FACEBOOK CATFISH MAFIA FACEBOOK CENTRAL MISSOURI CATS FACEBOOK CENTRAL TEXAS CATFISH TRAIL FACEBOOK CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLJACK CATFISHING FACEBOOK ...
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