What the future holds for any sport is dependent upon youth participation. Fortunately for catfishing there are a lot of youth involved that can help the sport to grow. It is a trend that should be supported by all catfish enthusiasts.

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Catfish Connections – Youthful Passion

With the holidays upon us, happy thoughts turn to family, friends, and children. Of course, in many of our social events, we get to be with our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren even more. As anglers, fishing is always discussed, especially concerning our children. Many of us hope to provide them ...
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The Survival Trip

by Keith “Catfish” Sutton It’s time to plan an unforgettable adventure with your kids. From the start, it was a trip for my sons—Matthew, 12, Shaun, 11, and Jared, 10. While they were still young, I wanted to plan an outdoor adventure they would never forget. So, I came up ...
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Catfish Basics #077 – Send the Bait to the Fish – Ryan Berglund, Lawrence, KS

Walking baits, also known as bumping baits, sends the bait to the fish instead of the fish coming to your bait. This is an effective way of fishing in faster moving waters. This method is hard work and can take a fair amount of time to perfect, but could mean ...
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Catfish Gear #023 —King Kat Tournament Trail Kids

The Catfish Gear column is normally reserved for one of our sponsors that provides anglers with gear of some sort. This month it is dedicated to another CatfishNOW sponsor, Bass Pro Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail, because of their dedication to youth fishing. Last year the King Kat trail conducted ...
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Dippin’ Bait with the Miller Girls

by Jeffrey Miller Kids and dip baits go together like peanut butter and jelly. The channel catfish that inhabit the small prairie river near my home thrill and excite even seasoned veterans of the bewhiskered fish. To up the ante, I often take my 3 daughters, Naomi, Maia, and Ivy ...
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Catfish Basics #078 – Use the Rod Holder – Case Daly, TN

Rod control is very important to successfully land a big catfish. The bigger the fish and the younger the angler the tougher it is to maintain good rod control and land the fish. Case Daly solves this problem by leaving his B’n’M rod in the Driftmaster Rod holder after a ...
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Our Son, The Catman

by Ann White Turning a teenager from Montana into a nationally recognized tournament angler. You might expect Spencer White to be moody, a little spoiled, and possibly a little irritating to talk to, he is, after all, a teenager. However, this young man from Montana will walk up to you, ...
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3 Conservation Tips to Teach Young Anglers

by Ron Presley The best way to teach kids about conservation is to have them do it. Whatever the action is, if you can make it habitual the kids are more likely to continue the practice. Here are three things to teach your kids while you fish with them. CPR: ...
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Kid Battles Monster Catfish

Scenic City Fishing Guide Capt. Richard Simms was delighted to have 6-year-old Noah on board when he hooked into a massive 45-pound blue catfish. Forty-eight-pound Noah was nearly matched in weight by his adversary but was up to the task and carried most of the load himself. He did seek ...
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Catfish Calendar

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