Welcome to a new year and the January 2020 edition of CatfishNOW Digital Magazine and Social Media Platform (CFN). January brings the promise of new beginnings, and our renewed pledge to support the catfish community in a positive way.
Looking back at 2019 there were many goals achieved. Individual anglers posted new personal best, tournament participation grew, and record tournament payouts were established. It is pleasing to see catfishing grow in numerous ways. It is our goal here at CatfishNOW to support the continued growth of the sport by providing free stories, free tips, free how-to-videos, and anything else creatively possible to aid the catfish community.
The new year will be filled with new opportunities for tournament anglers. As I write this opening, I just returned from the Black’s Camp Big Cat Shootout where 28 anglers produced a first-place payout of $7,000. I am making plans to attend Winter Blues on Wheeler in the big fish destination of Wheeler Lake at Decatur, AL.
The Catmasters continue to offer their brand of tournament fishing with plans extending to a three-lake event in Alabama in 2021. The Santee Cooper Big Cat Quest has scheduled their 4th annual event. The Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s King Kat trail has set an expanded schedule in place for 2020 that will cover more states and give more anglers a chance fish in tournament competition. Monsters on the Ohio has already set a date for the 11th annual MOTO event. Mississippi River Monsters, through an affiliation with Catmasters is expanding offerings beyond Memphis to Helena, AR and Caruthersville, MO. The All American Catfish Trail is going strong and so is Twisted Cat Outdoors. The list goes on and on as catfish enthusiasts make plans for the new year.
Although I can’t list them all here you can check the back pages of CatfishNOW to find tournaments in your part of the woods. If you are a tournament director and are not submitting your scheduling information let us know. All these and many more are indicative of the positive growth the catfish industry is experiencing. .
On a personal note, I am very proud to start off a new year promoting the sport of catfishing. I sincerely hope that what we do through the magazine is a positive influence on both experienced and beginning catfish anglers. There are millions of stories to tell and we can only scratch the surface, but over time we can tell a lot of them. If you know of a story that needs to be told we would love to hear from you.
As always, I wish to thank the great sponsors that support us. It is because of them that we are able to offer the contents of CFN to our readers free of charge. I hope you will help me thank them by considering their products when you are in the market for catfish supplies.
Happy New Year and fish with passion!
Ron Presley, Editor