Months of planning and preparation are about to be revealed at Catfish Conference 2016. What was just an idea by a catfish dude and boat guy has turned into an event that catfish angers everywhere are talking about and eager to participate in.
The Saturday February 27, 2016 event is being staged at Jim Jones Marina in Versailles, KY. The production is a joint effort of Steve Douglas and Jim Hopper. Known to many as “The Catfish Dude and owner of Monster Rod Holders, Douglas is also known for his videos aimed at teaching others about catfishing.
Jim Hopper is General Manager at Jeff Jones Marine. The two friends wanted to create a conference dedicated to catfishing. They wanted to bring catfish interests from all corners of the industry together. Their idea caught on like wildfire and Catfish Conference 2016 kicks off on Saturday morning.
Catfish Conference 2016 will be a huge step towards giving catfishing its much-deserved respect as one of the fastest growing sports in the nation. The growing interest in catfishing, in part, is related to the shear size of the fish. Tournament after tournament continues to bring really big fish to the scales.
Anglers also enjoy the fight. The whiskered fish provides a great battle when hooked on rod and reel and most any angler can catch them. Maybe best of all, the smaller fish (up to about 10 or 15 pounds) provide excellent table fare. Fish larger than that are regularly returned to the water to be caught another day. The get-together in Versailles will contribute to the catfish’s popularity.
By all indications, catfish anglers are eager to learn more about the sport. Attendees at the conference will be treated to seminars by some of the best cat men and women in the business. Names like Larry Muse, Aaron Wheatley, Mark Blauvelt, Ryan Lawrence, David Shipman, Brooke Wilbanks and Dave Hart. The topics range from how to catch em’ to how to conserve em’.
Wildlife management folks will also be represented at the event. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Ohio Department of Fish and Wildlife will be on hand to answer angler questions related to the resource and its care
There will be catfish boats to view, products to see and feel, old friends to visit and new friends to make. There will probably also be a lot of flipping through smart phones to share photos of catches while discussing the best baits and deliberating the future of the sport.
Many tournament trails and local events will be in attendance. Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest, Cabela’s King Cat, Monsters on the Ohio, Winter Blues on Wheeler and more will be available to share information about their respective events.
At least one new event will be represented. George Young is putting together a new tournament coming up in September of 2016. Young will be on hand to visit about his tournament, Mississippi River Monsters.
Douglas characterized the conference well on a recent Catfish Weekly online TV show. “Anglers will get a real good dose of catfishing,” said Douglas. “There is a little bit of everything pertaining to the catfish industry.”
Follow the future of Catfish Conference by visiting their website. Information can also be found on their Facebook Page.