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Catfish Fishing

Monster 67 1/2-Pound Blue Catfish Breaks 26-Year-Old Georgia State Record

A four-foot-long blue catfish caught from the Chattahoochee River below the Columbia Lock & Dam has broken a state record that has stood for more than 26 years. On April 1, 2006, James Tyus of Brinson and his brother Eric went to the Lake Andrew tailrace to try out the fishing. “A buddy had told…

In Pursuit Of Lake Hartwell’s Monster Catfish

If the catfish in Lake Hartwell could complain, they would probably complain about these two: catfishermen Red Duncan and Melvin Wall. When these two go catfishing they usually catch fish — lots of fish, and lots of big fish. A friend recently asked them to keep him the catfish they caught one day so he…

Altamaha’s Big Monster Catfish

Two summers ago, Johnny Gordon of Ludowici and his partner, Tommy Bacon, made local papers and the pages of GON with a photo of a 70-lb. flathead catfish that they caught in the Altamaha River near Jesup on a limb line and a live bream. At the time it was one of the heaviest flatheads…

Altamaha Produces 85-lb. Catfish!

The “Home of the Monster Cats” has done it again… the Altamaha River in the Jesup area has yielded another monster catfish. Already home to the heaviest flathead catfish ever caught on rod and reel in Georgia, a 67 1/2-pounder wrestled to the side of a boat by Gene Middleton in 2000, the Altamaha last…

Flathead Catfish On The Lower Flint River

Scott Ellis and I had been trying to get together to go on our catfishing trip for a couple of weeks. When I would be able to go, he would be tied up, and vice-versa. My deadline was fast approaching, and I knew we had to set a date and stick to it. I called…

Story Of The Cement Fishing Hole In Waycross

If ever there was a need to give a group of folks a thank you, it’s now. WRD Fisheries has turned a dilapidated downtown Waycross swimming pool into a place to host an annual kids fishing event (KFE). On June 18, 2005, the pool hosted a new bunch of kids that came out to fish…

Jugs, Trot Lines For Big Numbers Of Oconee Catfish

I met Wayne Moore 17 years ago after killing my first deer, a small-racked buck from Coweta County. At the time dad and I didn’t know much about quartering-up game, so we took it down the road to a local deer processor. There, we were greeted by a middle-aged man with an long, dark beard.…

Fishing For Clarks Hill’s Untouched Flatheads

It took about 30 phone calls before I finally began to tap into a few folks who backed a boat into the gin-clear waters of Clarks Hill with the sole purpose of trying to hook into a flathead catfish. The flathead makes its most famous Georgia home in the Altamaha River, where it’s known for…

Small Lake Profile: Boatwright’s Pond

Boatright’s Pond, pond No. 12 in the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Small Georgia Lakes Open to Public Fishing guide, was little more to me than one of the 169 listings in the guide. It was just another place to wet a hook until I started talking about fishing with Neil Jones of Blackshear. Neil…

Jigs, Jugs For Eufaula Crappie And Catfish

When I met fishing-guide Jesse Bowman at the Lakepoint boat ramp, I asked him if we would be trolling, pitching, spooning, or shooting docks for crappie, and I liked his answer. “We’ll do whatever it takes to catch them,” he said. But weather wise, we faced a tough day. We were fishing the day after…

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…