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Catfish Fishing

Blue Catfish An 80-Pound Chattahoochee River Monster

Ernest Timpson, of Edison, went crappie fishing on the Chattahoochee River below Lake Eufaula’s Walter F. George Dam on Feb. 2 and came home with a much heavier stringer than he had anticipated. He boated the new state-record blue catfish, a certified 80-lb., 4-oz., 49-inches long behemoth that bests the old record by more than…

103-lb. Flathead Catfish Pulled From Ocmulgee River

An Ocmulgee River flathead catfish weighing 103 pounds on certified scales was caught the morning of Aug. 19. The giant Appaloosa, taken above the Highway 96 bridge in Bonaire, would have swamped the current 83-lb. state record. However, the fish was caught on a trot line, meaning it’s not eligible for WRD’s state-record status. When…

Jugging For Weiss Catfish

While fishing Weiss Lake typically puts thoughts of slab crappie and big striped bass in most anglers’ minds, there are a lot of big catfish many sport-fishermen overlook. A lot of people have probably caught catfish on accident when fishing this lake nestled just west of the Georgia-Alabama border, but if you target them, there…

Crossroads Baptist Youth Jug 600 Pounds of Oconee Catfish

Crossroads Baptist Church held their latest “God’s Great Outdoors Ministries” event April 24-25 at Lake Oconee. In an effort to share God’s word in the great outdoors, they hosted “Jugging For Jesus,” a youth catfish jugging trip, where 30 kids caught more than 400 catfish. “The success of this jugging trip was absolutely incredible,” said…

Tennessee River Big, Mean, Ugly Blue Catfish

The first fish bit quickly, hitting the severed bream head soon after it struck bottom. A brief, drag-squealing battle ensued, but the feisty flathead was soon subdued, finding itself no match for a reel loaded with 40-lb. mono. The beast emerged from the green deeps, savage and primitive looking with mud-colored skin shimmering in the sun. It was a nice catfish, but mere small fry…

Big Blue Catfish Of The Tennessee River

The first fish bit quickly, hitting the severed bream head soon after it struck bottom. A brief, drag-squealing battle ensued, but the feisty flathead was soon subdued, finding itself no match for a reel loaded with 40-lb. mono. The beast emerged from the green deeps, savage and primitive-looking with mud-colored skin shimmering in the sun.…

Lake-Record, 36-lb. Blackshear Appaloosa Caught On Jigging Spoon

Living on Lake Blackshear, Mike Bullington used to be involved in the bass-tournament scene, but an unusual pattern he discovered three years ago while fishing for deep bass has turned him into a catfish angler for a couple months each year. That pattern landed him the new lake-record appaloosa (flathead) catfish on Nov. 2, 2008,…

3-lb. Shellcracker Sets Savannah River Record, Three New Big-Fish Records Established

The Savannah River near Augusta continues to churn out new river-record fish — the latest a whopper 3-lb. shellcracker. New records have also been recently established for flathead catfish on Allatoona, rainbow trout at Lake Burton and brown trout on the new Toccoa River listing. For information on GON’s lake and river records, call (800)…

Lake Allatoona Flathead Fills Vacant Record Spot

Sandy Sanders, of Canton, caught this 44-inch-long flathead catfish from Lake Allatoona on June 20, 2008. The catfish, weighed on certified scales at Bart’s Bait & Tackle, weighed 35-lbs., 10.88-ozs., and fills a vacant lake-record slot for Allatoona.

Head Upriver For Giant West Point Flatheads

When an angler thinks of West Point Lake, perhaps the first things that come to mind are the vast hybrid bass runs each spring or the heavy bass-tournament sacks. However, there is a burgeoning new fishery up the Chattahoochee arm of the lake. Flathead catfish have staked a claim in deep holes on the northeast…

Catfish Recipes

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Wild In The Kitchen: Smoked Catfish Dip

Smoked Catfish Dip We had some company coming over to watch some football recently and my wife asked me to pick up an appetizer at the grocery store. A smoked fish dip sounded nice, so I checked out the offerings at Publix. It was $8.99 for a small tub of dip, and I would probably…

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…