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 gave examples of professionalism in our sport of angling. Anglers for all species were present, not just walleye professionals. Catfishing was represented by Alex Nagy and Seth McCallister.
After attending, and once I thawed out, I believe this association truly is a good professional organization. Its leaders plan to be inclusive and they are capable of promoting, while helping to define our anglers’ professional conduct. I recommend that all fishermen join this association and learn how to become true professionals while building their resumes to be pro staff members, industry representatives, etc.
One of CatfishNow’s goals is to help support, define and enhance our sport by showing that catfishing is not second to any other species. It represents families who have a passion for fishing. These families show our children and our grandchildren the joy of fishing.
In all future editions, you will see our push to recognize and report on activities supporting families and kids in fishing. A new section in the zine is Catfish Kids. NPAA, Future’s Fishing, Take a Kid Fishing, Kids Fishing and Education and many more efforts are teaching families and children the true outdoors fishing experience for future enjoyment of our wonderful freedoms. We will share those experiences in each edition as they are received.
I also believe that the upcoming Catfish Conference brings a synergistic approach to all types of catfishing. It is a place to come together, to share experiences, techniques, etc. I would recommend attendance at this February event and other catfish activities throughout the year.
CatfishNow is also working to bring more awareness to legislative issues and efforts which have the potential to hinder our rights to enjoy our National Parks and Lakes, and fish our rivers and streams.
Please follow us in future editions concerning these major topics. Follow us on Facebook and visit our website too. Share our existence with your friends and other catfish enthusiasts.
Lastly, as I was writing this I learned that a dear fishing friend to us all passed on 31 Jan. TJ Stallings was the marketing director for TTI Blakemore and worked on catfish product lines such as Team Catfish. We will truly miss him.
‘Till Next Month
God Bless and Good Fishing.
Dan Dannenmueller, Publisher