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The Cumberland Catfish As told by Robert Wolfender

The Cumberland Catfish As told by Robert Wolfender In their book “Folklore from the Working Folk of America” (1973), authors T.P. Coffin and Henig Cohen share a catfish tale given to them by Robert Wolfender of Etowah, Tennessee.  The year was 1945. Wolfender has just finished catfishing on the Cumberland River, and as he carries […]

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Feds Deny Blue Catfish Disaster Declaration Request

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has launched a statewide campaign to teach citizens about the impact of blue and flathead catfish and encourage anglers to remove these invasive species from local waters. (credit: Keith Sutton)     Feds Deny Blue Catfish Disaster Declaration Request Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources Anglers are encouraged to […]

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Scioto Madtom Declared Extinct

The little Scioto madtom has not been documented since 1957 and was recently declared extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (credit: Dave Neely, Ohio DNR)   Scioto Madtom Declared Extinct Source: Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources A fish so tiny with such a restricted range might seem unimportant in the grand scheme of […]

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3 Hot Lakes for Texas Catfish By Keith “Catfish” Sutton

Cody Mullennix, left, caught this 121.5-pound former world-record blue cat in 2004 while fishing in Lake Texoma, one of the Lone Star State’s top destinations for trophy whiskerfish.   3 Hot Lakes for Texas Catfish By Keith “Catfish” Sutton For great catfishing in the Lone Star State, the trio of reservoirs described here are hard […]

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Rance Bore-‘em By James Robinson, aka George Killikrankie Kauphy

Rance Bore-‘em By James Robinson, aka George Killikrankie Kauphy Welcome to our new magazine section, Page From the Past, where we will periodically share with you timeless stories that celebrate the mystique of catfish and the captivating adventures of those who seek them. Here, we’ll uncover tales that span generations, transporting you to waters teeming […]

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Ohio River Blue Cat Establishes New WV Record

Michael John Drake of St. Albans, WV broke his state’s record for the heaviest blue catfish with this nearly 70-pound catch, officials announced. (courtesy of West Virginia DNR)   Ohio River Blue Cat Establishes New WV Record Source: West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Anglers keep reeling in monsters while fishing Mountain State waters.   […]

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Guarding Ontario’s Waters

Were it to be introduced into North American waters, the wels catfish could have devastating impacts on native fish and ecosystems. Guarding Ontario’s Waters Preventing the Potential Invasion of Wels Catfish Source: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry   In 2012, the government of Ontario, Canada developed the Ontario Invasive Species Strategic Plan to […]

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At What Age Can Children Begin Fishing? By Keith “Catfish” Sutton

Guiding the next generation: A father patiently teaches his young son how to fish.   At What Age Can Children Begin Fishing? By Keith “Catfish” Sutton Proper preparation is the key to starting youngsters out right.   Fishing has been a cherished pastime for generations. Introducing children to this age-old activity is a wonderful way […]

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ACA Catfish Challenge Proves to Be a Big Hit

ACA Catfish Challenge Proves to Be a Big Hit Source: American Catfishing Association Evolving from a simple idea among friends, the ACA Catfish Challenge has mushroomed into a platform embraced by the catfishing community.   Last month, the American Catfishing Association, in collaboration with co-creators Alex Nagy, director of Twisted Cat Outdoors, along with co-creator […]

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ACA Debuts Live One-on-One Catfish Challenge Broadcast

ACA Debuts Live One-on-One Catfish Challenge Broadcast Source: American Catfishing Association Thousands of viewers watched live as catfishing experts Alex Nagy and Bryan St. Ama battled it out on the water.   It started out as a concept among friends and quickly grew into one of the most exciting social media broadcasts the sport of […]

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Report Delaware River Blue Cats & Drum

Report Delaware River Blue Cats & Drum Source: Pennsylvania Fishing and Boating Commission   The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is alerting anglers that two species of fish that are non-native to the lower Delaware River basin, blue catfish and freshwater drum, are being detected in increasing numbers within those waters. Blue catfish have […]

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Making Memories: Tips for Catfishing Adventures With Kids By Keith “Catfish” Sutton

Done right, catfishing can be a fun and memorable experience for the whole family. (credit: courtesy of G3 Boats)     Making Memories: Tips for Catfishing Adventures With Kids By Keith “Catfish” Sutton Dive into the world of family fun and fishing with these expert tips for unforgettable catfishing experiences alongside your children.   Introducing […]

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Yet Another Delaware State-Record Blue Cat

(courtesy of Sydney McBroom/Delaware DNR)   Yet Another Delaware State-Record Blue Cat Source: Delaware Department of Natural Resources The Nanticoke River has given up its third record blue cat in less than two years.   If it’s starting to sound like a broken record, that’s exactly what it is. For the second time in less […]

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Non-Native Flatheads Turn Up in Georgia River

Georgia biologists ask anglers to avoid moving or releasing flathead catfish into waterbodies where they aren’t typically found. (Keith Sutton photo)   Non-Native Flatheads Turn Up in Georgia River Source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources These big predators can wreak havoc on ecosystems where releases allow them to thrive outside their native range.   Wildlife […]

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The Power of Positive Influence

Kids’ behaviors often mimic those of the adults who take them fishing. Knowing that, we should always strive to influence children in positive ways. (Photo by Jeff Samsel)   The Power of Positive Influence By Keith “Catfish” Sutton Wise adults spend time teaching the next generation not just how to catch fish, but also how […]

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A Big Blue for the Books

Chris Andrews’ night-time fishing trip with friends on the Nanticoke River netted him a state-record 48-pound, 7-ounce blue catfish that eclipsed a Delaware record for the species that lasted less than a year.   Blue Cat Sets New Delaware State Record Source: Delaware Department of Natural Resources A big Nanticoke River blue cat caught by […]

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New Signs Help Anglers Identify Unwanted Fish

Invasive carp ID signs will be installed at all public boat ramps along the Tennessee River this fall.   New Invasive Carps Signs at Tennessee River Ramps Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Boaters and anglers asked to report sightings/harvests.   The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is expanding its awareness […]

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Help Out the Catfish Academy for Kids

Matt “CatMatt” Jones believes teaching children how to fish can help them grow into responsible adults. As chair of the 2024 Catfish Academy for Kids, he’s seeking donations of rods and reels, or money, so each youngster can go home with everything he or she needs to start catfishing.     Donations Needed for Children’s […]

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Check Before You Eat

A report just out from the Oklahoma DEQ contains important information that can help you make safe, informed choices about consuming fish caught in lakes throughout the state.   Mercury Levels Unsafe in Some Oklahoma Fish By Keith “Catfish” Sutton Oklahoma’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently released a report examining fish in all Sooner […]

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Catfish Basics #158—1950s Catfishing with Keith “Catfish” Sutton

Those of you learning the basics of catfishing would do well to look back at the tactics shared by the anglers of yesteryear. As we embrace modern techniques and technology, it’s wise not to overlook the wealth of timeless knowledge left by those who came before us. Our ancestors’ profound wisdom, creativity and innovation form […]

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CFN How-to Video with Joey Pounders and Jay Gallop—Tips for Spawning Season Cats

It’s that time of year when catfishing gets tough. Female catfish are laying their eggs in underwater cavities, males are guarding the eggs and fry, and, as a result, anglers are finding it hard to coax fish to bite. What should you do when you confront this situation? Mississippi catfishermen Joey Pounders and Jay Gallop, […]

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Tracking the Blue Cat’s Food

Guide Jordan Leer uses a colorful Demon Dragon line floater to keep his hook baited with cut shad off the bottom where it is more visible to hungry blue catfish.     Shad Tracker By Brent Frazee Missouri guide uses his electronics to locate the blue cat’s food.   Jordan Leer stared at the screen […]

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Electronics by Wiegmann

Lock on, fish on with the new MEGA LIVE Imaging TargetLock with a push of a button.  (Brad Wiegmann Photo)   It’s Going to Cost You $$$  by Brad Wiegmann Technology can be expensive.   Ready, set, spend! If you are like so many other anglers caught up in having the best and newest sonar […]

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Flatheads and Modern Electronics

Catch More Flatheads Using Your Sonar/GPS Unit by Brad Wiegmann It’s a fact. Anglers have been catching flatheads long before any of them put a sonar unit on the boat. Your great grandfather didn’t use a sonar unit and still caught plenty, even some big flatheads.   Today’s flathead catfish anglers are benefiting from advanced […]

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Triple Digit Dandies—Two Blue Cats Over 100 Pounds

Fishing with professional guide Capt. Ty Konkle in the Tennessee River Gorge, Brain Cabe and his son, Woody, recently EACH caught blue catfish weighing more than 100 pounds in one day. To capture any 100-pound-plus catfish is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. To catch two in one day defies all odds. (Photos: Capt. Ty Konkle)   Lightning […]

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Catching Fall Catfish on the Move

When fishing rivers, it’s important for catfish anglers to understand movement patterns of the fish they seek. Big blue cats like this Missouri River fish may migrate hundreds of miles as seasons change, making them difficult to pinpoint. (Keith Sutton photo)   Catching Fall Catfish on the Move by Keith “Catfish” Sutton Studying the migration […]

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“The Painted Catfish of South America” by Larry Larsen

The author lifts a big Surubim catfish that grabbed his 7-inch, hard plastic minnowbait.   “The Painted Catfish of South America” by Larry Larsen The most beautiful catfish in South America are formidable, resemble a painted canvas, and readily strike lures!   My partner and I were taking a break from casting in the 95-degree […]

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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 out, well-oiled machine. To truly […]

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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 have planned. Nagy is the […]

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Rule of 4 Catfishing

by Brad Durick Making bad days not as bad Catfishing is a sport where anglers of all levels try to accomplish the same objective. They are out to catch fish, and usually the biggest fish they can. Over the past few years research has been conducted on how weather and water conditions affect catfish. The […]

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Advanced techniques for BIG RIVER catfish with Jason and Daryl Masingale

MRM ANGLER ROUNDUP – 2017 The 2017 Mississippi River Monsters tournament in Memphis will feature prominent anglers and tournament teams in a series of catfish seminars. The Friday afternoon event promises to provide more catfishing information in four hours than an individual could accumulate in years of fishing on their own. One of the distinguishing […]

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