There has never been one before, so what is a catfish conference? Catfish Conference 2016 will be an opportunity for catfish angers of all persuasions to meet in a given location to learn, teach, listen, philosophize and maybe even preach about the Rodney Dangerfield like critter called catfish. Mainly the conference will be about sharing information and getting some respect for one of the fastest growing sports in the nation.
Steve Douglas of Monster Rod Holders and Jim Hopper from Jeff Jones Marine are hosts for the conference. Both want everyone to know the event is for the whole catfish industry. “It’s for everybody,” said Douglas. “If you are a novice angler come on out and we will show you the ropes and get you started. If you are a seasoned angler come on out and see the new products that are offered to you. If you are a tournament organizer come on out and promote your trail. If it has anything to do with catfishing it is going to be represented at the conference.”
In addition to display booths from some of the most supportive companies in the catfish industry, seminars will be presented throughout the day to help anglers learn more about the sport of catfishing.
Catfishing 101 with Aaron Wheatley
Professional catfish angler and Monsters on the Ohio Tournament Director Aaron Wheatley will bring Catfishing 101 to attendees of the conference. Aaron will talk about how to get started catfishing. “There are tons of guys coming to talk catfishing,” stated Wheatley. “We will do some Q & A on tournaments. Anything from starting a tournament to fishing in one.”
Proven Tactics to Catch the Big Ones with Larry Muse
Three-time Big Cat Quest Angler of the Year and Monsters on the Ohio Catfish Tournament Champion Larry Muse will share his proven tactics to catch big catfish. In doing so he will add to the theme of the conference. “I simply want to share what I know about catfishing with fellow anglers in a way that will help the sport grow,” said Muse.
Draggin’ Baits for Channel Cats with Mark Blauvelt and Ryan Lawrence
B’n’M Poles Prostaffers Mark Blauvelt and Ryan Lawrence have been fishing catfish tournaments for the last 10 years. Both are lifelong multi-species anglers who spend most of their time plying the waters of southern Ohio looking for trophy cats. They will bring years of “dragging” experience with them to their seminar as they shorten the learning curve for anyone who wants to learn how to use this year round technique.
Locating and Targeting Trophy Catfish with David Shipman and Brooke Wilbanks
The 2015 World Champions of Catfishing, David Shipman and Brooke Wilbanks, will bring their vast knowledge of catfishing to help seminar goers learn how to catch trophy catfish. When it comes to finding trophy catfish, Bottom Dwellers Tackle Prostaffers Shipman and Wilkins are among the best. “We are always looking for some kind of structure,” advised Shipman. “A rock, a log, something for the fish to hide around. If you can find a good brush pile there are usually some cats in it.” Come to their seminar and get the details in person.
Keeping Tournament Fish Alive with Dave Hart
Professional Catfish angler Dave Hart will give a seminar on tournament live tanks and fish health. Bringing healthy fish to the scales and releasing them alive and vigorous is a top priority for tournament anglers. Learn the basics of keeping your tournament winning catches in good shape for a healthy release.
Catfish Conference 2016
It’s all about catfish. The sport of catfishing is growing and as it grows the public needs more information. Not only on issues related to catching them, but the issues of conserving them. Catfish tournaments are part of the answer, but get-togethers, like Catfish Conference 2016, have an important role to play. Organizers hope to attract interested anglers, anglers that can grow the sport. It is expected to be a melting pot of ideas and opinions that will meld catfishing into a bigger and stronger sport.
Keep up with new information by visiting the Catfish Conference website at https://catfishconference.com. Updates are also posted on their Facebook Page. Douglas can be emailed at email@example.com or phoned at 502-510-0275. Hopper can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or phoned at 859-873-3116.