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Catfish Fishing

New Oconee River Blue Catfish Record Spools Angler On Light Tackle

Brandon Watts and his family went to the Oconee River on July 9 with plans to catch a few small catfish that could feed the family. They only caught one fish, but it was big enough to not only feed his family, but many of his neighbors, too. The blue catfish caught on the stretch…

Another Etowah River Record Catfish Caught, Certified And Released

On Aug. 4, 2022, Greg Mitchell and Reggie Terhune, both from Rome, decided to to hit the Etowah River and fish a few of their favorite fishing holes. Striped bass was their target fish, but Greg said their main goal was to enjoy an afternoon fishing and relive past adventures they each have had on…

Sinclair All Nighter Produces New Flathead Record

Lake Sinclair has always been a big part of Tommy Spell’s life. He grew up fishing there and that hasn’t changed through the years. It’s more than 55 miles from his Alamo home, but he still makes the trek there often because it the largest lake closest to his home. Those late-night hours fishing for…

Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament Celebrates Life, Raises $50,000

Eric Kent and  Dustin Herndon, both of Gray, won first place and a check for $5,000 in the 100% payback Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament on Lake Sinclair June 11-12. The 7th annual fundraiser netted $50,485 for 30-30 Ministries, a 501c3 non-profit organization youth ministry whose mission is to use hunting and fishing as a platform…

Wayne County Catfish Tournament Sees Increase In Anglers Despite High Gas Prices

Yes, gas prices are high and travel expensive, but that didn’t stop the boats from rolling in to the 18th  edition of the Wayne County Catfish Tournament, June 4-5. In fact, there were even more than last year’s! The Wayne County Board of Tourism’s annual Altamaha River-based hoedown drew 89 boats and 208 fishermen for…

Etowah Blue Catfish Record Finally Established

On May 31, I called my fishing buddy and striper mentor Perry Nichols, and we talked about a plan to fish for stripers on the Etowah River (we call it the “E”) on Friday, June 3. We planned to take Perry’s jet boat, which is larger than mine, and Perry invited his nephew-in-law Allann Moroni…

Etowah River Produces 38-Pound Record Flathead Catfish

An angler’s first fishing trip on the Etowah River produced a river record—a 38-lb., 0.8-oz. flathead catfish.  “I guess you could call it beginner’s luck for me,” said John Morgado, of Canton, “but my friend Hugh Stephens fishes the river a lot, and he said he likes taking friends out. I usually go fly fishing…

Oconee River Blue Cat Record Broken By 10-Year-Old

If the 5th-grade class at Morgan Elementary School in Madison had show-and-tell a few weeks back, Zackary Mashburn was undoubtedly the winner. The 10-year-old caught the largest blue catfish—38-lbs., 11.52-ozs.–to ever come from the Oconee River below Lake Sinclair. He caught it on April 24. “It took me 15 minutes to get him in,” the…

Sinclair’s Key To Jug Fishing

Good Friday last month was a really good Friday. On that morning, I experienced the best catfish jugging trip of my life. From the 118 jugs we soaked in the waters of Lake Sinclair overnight on Thursday, April 14, I watched a 210-quart Yeti cooler fill to the point where it wouldn’t close. In the…

Coosa River Catfish

Some divers went down to work on the dam and came right back to the surface. They said there were catfish down there as big as Volkswagens and would not go back.  I heard that tale about Clarks Hill in my teens, and I’ve heard it about every other lake I have been around all…

Catfish Recipes

Wild In The Kitchen: Cajun Blackened Catfish Fillets

I caught six small catfish recently and realized after cleaning them I had no peanut oil. It was late, so I decided to blacken them with Cajun spices instead of frying them. They were incredible. But trust me, don’t try this inside the house! Catfish fillets, skinned 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder…

Wild In The Kitchen: Catfish Tacos With Remoulade Sauce

I must admit, I first thought putting catfish in a taco might result in my man card being revoked. For me, fried or blackened catfish was the only way to go. I was pleasantly shocked just how good a catfish taco is. I plan to make my own next time when my buddies aren’t around…

Wild In The Kitchen: Springville Cafe’s Blackened Catfish

Friday is catfish day at the Springville Cafe in my hometown. The catfish there is typically fried, and it is incredible, but I’m trying to stay away from fried foods. Those who arrive early to prepare for the day on Fridays know to set me a couple of fillets aside to be blackened. The cook…