Catfish Connections – May 2024


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Keith “Catfish” Sutton


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Alan Clemons
Brad Durick
Brent Frazee
Michael Giles
Anietra Hamper
Terry Madewell
Ron Presley
Richard Simms
Keith Sutton
Brad Wiegmann
Wes Littlefield


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Steven Savoye caught this nice blue cat while kayak fishing in the Mississippi River near New Orleans. When the river rises in spring/summer, kayakers can ply flooded areas of the wooded batture safe from ocean-going ships calling on the Port of New Orleans. (Photo by Chris Holmes)

The Evolution of Kayak Catfishing

By Keith “Catfish” Sutton, Editor


In the ever-evolving world of fishing, there’s a silent revolution happening on the waterways: the exponential growth of kayak catfishing. What was once a niche pursuit has transformed into a thriving community of anglers propelled by a deep connection to nature, a thirst for adventure and the sheer thrill of the chase. That’s why much of this issue of CatfishNOW will focus on this unique sport, with feature articles by one of our newest writers, Wes Littlefield, himself an ardent kayak fisherman, and by long-time contributor Brent Frazee, who shares the stories of two kayakers whose passion is pursuing big blue cats.

Kayak catfishing offers a unique blend of accessibility, excitement and immersion in the natural environment. Unlike traditional fishing methods, kayak anglers have the freedom to navigate shallow waters, explore hidden coves and reach secluded fishing spots inaccessible by larger vessels. This intimacy with nature adds an extra layer of excitement to the angling experience.

One of the driving forces behind the surge in kayak catfishing is its inherent simplicity and affordability. Kayaks are relatively inexpensive compared to powerboats, making them an attractive option for anglers looking to explore new fishing grounds without breaking the bank. Additionally, kayaks are easy to transport, allowing anglers to access remote locations and embark on fishing adventures off the beaten path.

Technology has played a significant role in the evolution of kayak catfishing, enabling anglers to enhance their fishing experience and connect with fellow enthusiasts. Advances in kayak design have resulted in specialized fishing kayaks equipped with features such as built-in rod holders, fish finders and storage compartments, catering to the specific needs of anglers. Social media platforms and online forums have also facilitated the sharing of tips, techniques and fishing stories, creating a vibrant community of kayak catfishers from around the world.

Beyond the thrill of the catch, kayak catfishing promotes a deeper connection to the natural world and a commitment to environmental stewardship. Kayakers are often advocates for conservation efforts, promoting catch-and-release practices and advocating for the protection of aquatic habitats. By embracing a low-impact approach to fishing, kayak anglers strive to preserve the beauty and biodiversity of the waters they love.

As kayak catfishing continues to gain momentum, it is clear that this sport is not just about catching fish but forging a profound connection with nature, embracing adventure and fostering a sense of community among like-minded individuals. So, grab your paddle, chart your course and embark on a journey of discovery as you navigate the waters of kayak catfishing in the pages that follow.


Keith Sutton

May luck be with you,

Keith “Catfish” Sutton, Editor