Catfish tournament trails continue to grow and each one produces a myriad of stories and tales. Some are funny, some are serious, and some are educational. This March issue of CatfishNow includes some personal stories, some excellent tips, and some tournament possibilities for you to put on your calendar.

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Catfish Connections

Winter catfishing has been exceptionally good. Personal best after personal best have been logged by anglers all over the country. In one case a state record weight flathead was caught through the ice but not certified because the angler chose to CPR. Kudos to Christopher Bauman for making the choice ...
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How Team Baldwin Won $25,000 at Possum Kingdom Catmasters Tournament

by Ron Presley Making the right decisions at the right time. Catfish tournament payouts continue to grow. The 2018 Possum Kingdom Catmasters tournament got the catfishing world’s attention last year with their guaranteed top spot payout on Possum Kingdom Lake. One-hundred twenty-nine tournament catfish teams showed up for the competition ...
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Catfish Gear #014 — Hooker’s Terminal Tackle—Portable Digital Scale

James N. Arwood had a dream of making his own hooks. Beginning with several top selling fish hooks, he began studying them with the idea of making them better. At first, he used his creations himself and later gave some to friends. But the fiends kept coming back for more ...
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Catfish Basics #059 – Sinker Safety – Robert Scott Sr., Clarksville, TN

There are a few essential elements of making your own sinkers. First and foremost, molten lead is dangerous, so always think safety first. Trust me, you want to wear boots, not flip flops. Good eye protection is also a must because impurities in the lead can pop and cause injury ...
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Tournament Tales- Building My Own Tournament

by Brad Durick My catfish tournament, its unique format, and things that pop up. Putting on a great catfish tournament is not as easy as many think. Just finding a date and throwing together a group of anglers is not a real tournament. A real tournament is a well thought ...
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Catfish Basics #060 – Never Compromise Bait – Larry Muse, Corinth, MS

Successful tournament anglers go to all extremes to get their bait and they should. Well known tournament angler, Larry Muse, puts fresh bait at the very top of the list when it comes to tournament success. It is not one of the little things, rather it is a big thing ...
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Chick Fight 2019 – A Catfish Tournament for the Ladies

Wheeler Lake in Alabama will host the first Chick Fight. Chick Fight is a catfish tournament for lady catfish anglers. As the sport of catfishing grows, so grows the number of women participating. This tournament will give women catfish anglers a platform to demonstrate their skills and enjoy the competition ...
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Tournament Planning

by Ron Presley Winter tournaments continue to grow in popularity. The First Annual Reindeer Catfish Games took place out of Lexington Riverfront Park, Lexington, Missouri on December 8. 2018. As the name implies, a Second Annual tournament should follow. In fact, that is exactly what Alex Nagy and Tim Berger ...
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Catfish Profiles in Passion – Mac Byrum

by Ron Presley He’s got it bad, but it’s not an addiction. Mac Byrum says he was still wearing short pants when he first started fishing. He was lucky enough to be exposed to both freshwater and saltwater fishing at the ripe old age of four years old. “I was ...
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Cat Tales! Stories from life on the road

by John N. Felsher Perseverance through adversity Tournament anglers spend considerable time away from their homes and families in chase of Mr. Catfish. While on the road, equipment breaks, the weather turns rotten and many other things occur. Through it all, anglers face triumph and tragedy with perseverance. Every angler ...
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Why We Catfish: A Guest Editorial by Keith Parks

Stinky start with a slimy finish I have always loved catfishing and learning about these magnificent slimy creatures. I can remember as a child watching a catfishing show on T.V where they were using an old-school cheeses dip bait called "Bills Stink Bait." I begged my mother to take me ...
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Tournament Results

ALABAMA CATFISH SERIES FEBRUARY 16th SWIFT CREEK 1. Hugh,Rose, Timothy Thompson 39.5 2. Buford Rutledge Kyle Williamson 20.2 3. Joey Pounders/Brad Box 15.15 4. Robin East 14.5 5. Brian Taylor/Gary Richey 13.12 BIG FISH 1. Hugh,Rose, Timothy Thompson 29.8 CABELA'S KING KAT TOURNAMENT TRAIL FEBRUARY 16th SANTEE COOPER 1. Ronnie ...
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Catfish Calendar

MAR 16th ALABAMA CATFISH SERIES CLIFFS LANDING SERIES MAR 16th ALL AMERICAN CATFISH TOURNAMENTS KAW POINT 2 CLUB MAR 16th CABELA'S KING KAT TOURNAMENT TRAIL WHEELER LAKE TRAIL MAR 16th CATFISH MAFIA TOURNAMENT SERIES SUSQUEHANNA RIVER/GOLDSBORO SERIES/DAY MAR 16th CENTRAL TEXAS CATFISH TRAIL WHITNEY TRAIL MAR 16th CUMBERLAND RIVER CATMAN'S ...
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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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