Catfish Equipment and Gear

Catfish Gear #58—Livewells for Life

Nicole Petrowski Photo     Catfish Livewells — The SeaArk Version SeaArk Boats create large livewells for a reason. More and more anglers are catching more and more trophy cats.     SeaArk Boats are highly desired in various user circles, especially the catfish community. They are known to be well-made boats with a reputation […]

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Electronics by Wiegmann

Mobile Apps for Fishing by Brad Wiegmann They have an app for everything. So it should come as no surprise to find out boating, navigation, or fishing apps available for Android or iOS operating systems for mobile devices. What is a surprise is how advanced these apps are when it comes to charting, overlays, map […]

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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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Catfish Gear #57

B’n’M Poles Celebrates White Diamond Anniversary Rod company offers new products to celebrate 75 years of serving the fishing community.   B’n’M knows rods. They should since they have been building them for 75 years. After years of serving crappie fishing anglers, they recognized the need for good affordable rods for catfish anglers too. They […]

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Catfish Gear #56

Off Shore Tackle—Often Imitated but Never Duplicated Chris Souders likes the adaptability of the Pro Mag Boards to different fishing conditions.   Planer boards have become a vital part of most catfish anglers’ arsenal. They were used for years in walleye fishing, were picked up by crappie anglers, and since picked up by numerous catfish […]

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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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Electronics by Wiegmann

The contrast setting can be increased or decreased to get the best image. (Brad Wiegmann Photo) Optimizing Your Contrast and Sensitivity Settings by Brad Wiegmann You could be missing fish. Not because you have the wrong colored or sized lure on. No, it’s probably because you have not optimized your contrast and sensitivity settings when […]

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Flathead Gear

Gearing Up for River Flatheads by Ron Presley Matching your fishing gear to flathead behavioral traits can improve your success.   As long as I have been talking to flathead anglers I have heard two theories on baiting up for them. One school of thought suggests that flatheads only want live bait and it is […]

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Bumping Works!

First Class Delivery by Ron Presley There is no doubt about it, learning to bump a bait down the river will increase your catfishing success.   Bumping baits has been around for a long time and it is an extremely successful way to deliver the bait. The technique has evolved from only a few anglers […]

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Gafftopsail Cat

One Angler’s Trash Fish Just Might Be Another’s Treasure by Debbie Hanson Once a member of the “trash can slam,” the feisty sail cat is enjoying a new level of respect.   If gafftopsail catfish could talk, they’d likely borrow late comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s catchphrase, “I don’t get no respect!” Historically, saltwater cats have rarely […]

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Where Did Catfish Come From?

Anietra Hamper and paleontologist Jean-Pierre Cavigelli and Tyler Greenfield, Tate Geological Museum Collections Assistant, searching for fossils on Casper Mountain. (Submitted Photo)   Fish Finds: Uncovering the Origins of the Catfish Family Tree by Anietra Hamper How evolutionary biologists are using nearly 50-million-year-old fossils for insight into the origins and evolution of catfish.   Staring […]

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Try Shallow

I mostly fish the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers. Anglers should not overlook shallow water areas on sunny days in March and April. The sun will warm up the shallow water quicker and even a few degrees difference in water temp can make a huge difference. I have observed that the bait will generally move to […]

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Catfish Basics #131—Learn from Your Competitors by Mackenzie DelRosso

Editor’s Note: As an avid tournament angler Mackenzie DelRosso has learned the importance of understanding catfish behavior at different times of the year. He applies that knowledge to the tournaments he fishes. He also understands that there are no better anglers to learn from than the ones he competes against. He offered this tip as […]

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Catfish and Kids

by Jim Behnken, Western Program Director, C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation  At CAST for kids, EVERYONE wins! The C.A.S.T. for Kids foundation works with community volunteers to provide days of fishing for children with special needs. C.A.S.T. Is an acronym for “Catch A Special Thrill.” The catfish of all varieties provide “thrills” at a large majority […]

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Catfish Kids: Fishing’s Future Reaches 1 Million Participants

Spreading angling education and promoting the growth of fishing and boating.   An important milestone in aquatic education took place July 28, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park. Fishing’s Future, a national 501(c)(3) organization, celebrated and recognize its 1,000,000th participant attending an angling education Family Fish Camp. Fishing’s Future was founded […]

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Nick Lyon’s Birthday Adventure

by Ron Presley The catfish birthday bash conspiracy. It all started for Nick as a casual conversation between him and his mom, Megan. They decided it would be fun to go bowling and go out to eat dinner on his birthday. When the date rolled around Megan woke Nick at 8:00 am with the pretense […]

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Catfishing: A Sport with a Passion for Kids

by Ron Presley The key words are fun, simple, and educate.   It is a known characteristic of the sport of catfishing that family is often included on the shoreline and in the boat. Social media posts, tournament weigh-ins, and dockside conversations confirm the observations because they often include kids. Importantly, for the sport, it’s […]

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More Than Just a Catfish Club

by Ron Presley Making dreams come true The Arkansas Area Catfish Hunters (AACH) include a large dose of community service in their activities. They do it through their Challenged Outdoorsman of America Chapter (COA). Since 2013 they have used family members, volunteers and club members to carry disabled and challenge youth, adults, and veterans, fishing […]

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