Catfish NOW – January 2023

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A New Year: Building on a Sturdy Foundation

When CatfishNOW editor Ron Presley sent me a message asking that I call him recently, I figured he wanted to discuss another assignment for the online magazine. I started working with Ron when the publication began in 2016 and have been a regular contributor ever since. We often spent time on the phone talking about story ideas for upcoming issues.

This time, however, Ron wanted to talk about something else.

“I’ve decided its time to retire from my editorial responsibilities,” he told me. “I plan to keep writing and shooting some videos, but I want to spend more time fishing and less time at the computer. The December 2022 issue of CatfishNOW will be my final one as editor.

Planer Board Cats

Capt. Richard Simms, the author, uses 10.5-inch Clearboards from Double X Tackle. They retail for $70.99 per pair. (Photo: Ross Roberson)   The Nuts & Bolts of Planer-Board Fishing by Richard Simms Planer boards aren’t just for walleyes or salmon anymore.   It was the day before Thanksgiving 2022 and I was on an exploratory […]

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Team Sellers

Catching fish is always a priority with Team Sellers, but fun and fellowship enhance the experience.     Team Sellers: A Blend of Fun, Fellowship and Catching Catfish by Terry Madewell Catching fish is the primary goal of catfish anglers, but the fish-catching experience is enhanced by embracing the opportunity to add fun to this […]

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Great Lakes for Winter Catfishing

Want to catch a monster catfish like this? Winter is prime time at hotspots that include Alabama’s Wheeler Lake where Joe Ludtke (left) landed this 102-pounder in February 2010. (Photo courtesy of Mike Mitchell)   7 Hot Lakes for Cold Winter Catfish By Keith “Catfish” Sutton You should definitely put these destinations on your itinerary […]

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Electronics by Wiegmann

Garmin electronics new Striker Vivid series with seven new high contrasting color palettes.   That’s the Wrong Color Palette by Brad Wiegmann Adjust your unit’s sensitivity.   How many times have you changed the color palette of your sonar unit to see the sonar image better? Most anglers have never changed their sonar unit’s color […]

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Catfish Basics #151—Winter Fishing Preparations with Chad Mayfield

  Some of the best catfishing can be had during the winter months, but you need to be prepared for sudden changes to weather and water conditions. In other words, don’t drive an hour to your favorite lake without a backup plan. During winter, the weather and water conditions can dictate what type of bait […]

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Getting Out and About with Your Kids This Winter

Winter is a great time to spend an evening outdoors with kids gazing at the stars. (Credit: Scottdale Ariz. CVB)   Wintertime Can Be Fun for the Whole Family by Keith Sutton Don’t let the season’s cold keep you housebound. There are plenty of fun things to do outdoors this winter.   Spring, summer and […]

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Catfish Gear #60

Cat Matt Jones landed this trophy flathead with the help of a Big Boss Super J hook from Boss Kat.   Big Boss Super J Hooks: Made to Tackle Big Fish   Boss Kat hooks, featuring Daiichi, are manufactured with super high-carbon steel for superior strength. The sticky sharp points insure direct contact and immediate […]

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Catfish Conservation

Fisheries biologist Chad Menke deploys a catfish casa in a pond on Hoosier National Forest. (photo by USDA Forest Service)   Recycling Project Helps National Forest Catfish By Keith “Catfish” Sutton Anglers fishing the lakes of Hoosier National Forest may catch more catfish thanks to an innovative recycling project.   Hoosier National Forest near Bedford [...]

Program Offers Essential Support for Fishing Guides

Guide Relief Program Supporting our fishing guides on and off the water.   Fishing guides are the backbone and the very face of the recreational fishing industry, a distinction earned from thousands of hours spent coaching and educating anglers from all walks of life each and every season. They are the ambassadors of the sport […]

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CFN How to Video with Keith “Catfish” Sutton — How to Keep Chicken Liver on Your Hook When Catfishing

Chicken liver is a popular bait when targeting catfish for the dinner table, but keeping it on your hook can be difficult. In this video, Keith Sutton shares a simple method for fixing this problem.  

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