Catfish Connections – September 2023


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Keith “Catfish” Sutton


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Brad Durick
Brent Frazee
Anietra Hamper
Terry Madewell
Ron Presley
Richard Simms
Keith Sutton
Brad Wiegmann


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Gary Rogers of Polk County, Tennessee landed this 35-pound blue cat while fishing with Scenic City Fishing Charters, where he is a longtime client. “I recommend against staying on the water in dangerous weather, but on this day, we made an anchor as a huge thunderstorm was rolling in,” said guide Richard Simms. “As the rain poured and thunder boomed, we boated nine catfish in 45 minutes. Gary landed this one just as an incredible rainbow popped out. It was an epic afternoon.” (Photo by Richard Simms)

Catfish Connections – September 2023

Captivating Adventures Chasing Trophy Catfish


In the realm of angling, few pursuits offer the sheer excitement and enduring memories that come with pursuing trophy-sized catfish. Chasing these whiskered giants isn’t merely a pastime; it’s an adventure that promises many unforgettable experiences. That is why this entire issue of CatfishNOW is overflowing with tips and tactics you can use in the pursuit of your own personal-best blue cat, flathead or channel cat.

Picture yourself standing on the banks of a winding river, the sun dipping below the horizon, casting a warm glow upon the water’s surface. Your heart races as you cast your line, knowing that beneath the depths, a true behemoth could be lurking. The powerful tug of a trophy catfish on the line is a heart-pounding sensation that ignites the spirit of every angler.

But the thrill isn’t just in the catch. It’s the camaraderie shared with fellow enthusiasts, the tales spun around a campfire and the challenge of outwitting these wily creatures that truly define the experience. The pursuit of a trophy catfish demands patience, strategy and a deep understanding of the fish’s behavior. It’s a journey that teaches humility and perseverance.

When you finally lay eyes on your hard-earned prize, the sense of accomplishment is unparalleled. A massive catfish breaking the surface is a sight to behold, a culmination of effort that may span weeks, months or even years. These are not mere fish; they are legends of the waterways, each with a story to tell.

So, for those seeking the thrill of adventure intertwined with the tranquility of nature, the pursuit of trophy-sized catfish offers an escape like no other. It’s a chance to create memories that will be recounted for years to come, tales of battles fought and won against nature’s enigmatic giants. As you reel in your monumental catch, remember that you’re not just catching a fish. Your pursuit of a trophy-sized catfish mirrors the pursuit of personal growth, reminding us that patience, resilience and adaptability are key virtues not only in angling but also in life’s grander journey.


Keith Sutton

Here’s wishing you tight lines and memorable fishing experiences every time you’re on the water. I’ll see you downstream.

Keith “Catfish” Sutton, Editor