January brings cold weather but it’s no reason to have the winter blues. Serious catfishermen can always find a place to dip some bait. This month’s issue of CatfishNOW take readers to several different parts of the country in search of trophy blues and giant flatheads in the coldest of conditions.

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Catfish Connections

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 ...
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Flatheads Under the Ice

by Ron Presley A talent for monster flats. It was midday, around 4 o’clock or so on Saginaw Bay/River that flows into Lake Huron. The January air temperatures were very cold with the wind chill index around 35 below. The ice had reached a thickness of 15 – 18 inches ...
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Catfish Basics #079 – Slow Down – James Linderman-Vexan Rods

I am a converted crappie angler. The thrill of the hunt and the pure power of the fish is drawing me to catfishing. It's been a long time since I had a fish on with that much power and know all I can do is hold on. I enjoy the ...
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Catfish Gear #024 — Catfish Products for Catfish Anglers – Team Catfish Tackle

Team Catfish Tackle offers more than 100 products geared specifically for catfish anglers. Researching what anglers need has helped Team Catfish create and supply everything a catfish angler wants. It is one stop shopping for bait, equipment, terminal tackle, and clothing. Also, don’t miss the new Team Catfish Tackle apparel ...
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Dealing with the Winter Blues

by Brent Frazee Brrr. It might be cold, but the blue cats are biting Chris Jones’ idea of a great time of the year to catch big blue catfish differs from that of most fishermen at Lake of the Ozarks. Sure, he looks forward to the warm, sunny, days of ...
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Catfish Basics #080 – Winter Dikes and Blow Holes – Brent Riddle, Chillicothe Missouri

Editors Note: Brent Riddle is an avid catfisherman and the creator of the Monstercat and Alphacat boats from Miracle Marine. In the wintertime I like to focus on box dikes or the back side of blow holes in the dikes. I am talking about when the water drops into the ...
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TBW Approves Conservation Minded Regs for Freshwater Trotlines, Other Gear

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved changes to the regulations on passive fishing gear (jug lines, minnow traps, perch traps, throwlines, and trotlines) to facilitate the removal of abandoned gear from public waters, make the presence of passive fishing gear identifiable to all users of public waters, ...
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Black’s Camp Big Cat Shootout 2019 – How they Fished

by Ron Presley The Black’s Camp Big Cat Shootout is intended to be a big fish, big payout tournament. Teams pay $500 each to enter the tournament, knowing that 100 percent of the entry fees will be distributed to the top few teams. One place is paid for every 10 ...
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Why We Catfish A Guest Editorial by Odell “Bank Boy” Allen

Editor’s Note: Forty-seven-year-old Odell Allen has followed his passion for fishing to a calling that includes influencing his neighborhood kids. He actively shares his fishing knowledge with local kids by taking them fishing and giving them their own rod and reel. He also shares catfishing with the public through his ...
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Winter Catfish Tactics

by Terry Madewell Find consistent trophy cattin’ in the winter. Wintertime has become many catfish fanatic’s favorite time of the year, and with good reason. Many experienced catfishermen rank winter as prime time to target trophy catfish, especially blue catfish. Winter fishing patterns are often quite predictable and the potential ...
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Catfish Calendar

JAN 11th CENTRAL TEXAS CATFISH TRAIL LAKE WHITNEY TRAIL JAN 11th CUMBERLAND RIVER CATMAN'S ASSOC. CLARKSVILLE MARINA TRAIL JAN 11th SOUTHEASTERN CATFISH CLUB LAKE WATEREE CLUB JAN 25th HOLD'EM HOOK CATFISH TRAIL INGALLS HARBOR TRAIL JAN 25th M&J CATFISH WAR FLORENCE MARINA STATE PARK TRAIL FEB 1st OLD DOMINION CATFISH ...
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Tournament Results

SOUTHEASTERN CATFISH CLUB DECEMBER 7th LAKE WYLIE 1. Team Adversity 71.35 2. Team Bottoms Up 69.1 3. Team Blind Squirrel 62.6 4. Team Carolina Blues 61.5 5. Team Katfish Mafia 60.85 BIG FISH 1. Team Cat Baby 46.85 CUMBERLAND RIVER CATMANS ASSOCIATION DECEMBER 13th CLARKSVILLE MARINA 1. Keith Smith/Donnie Cross ...
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