Winter weather doesn’t stop hearty catfish anglers from making a trip to the water and the fish don’t seem to mind. Winter will not stop catfish enthusiasts from flocking to the first of its kind catfish conference. Scheduled for February 27, 2016 in Versailles, KY, the conference will bring catfish interests from all corners of the industry together.
Billed as a “catfish get-together,” attendees will be benefit from catfish seminars, hands on demonstrations of catfishing equipment and viewing the latest, greatest catfish boats. They will also have the opportunity to visit with other anglers, brag about their biggest catches and discuss the future of the sport.
When B’n’M Poles pro staffer Brian Barton talks about catfish he always mentions the need for gaining respect. “Many anglers don’t pursue catfish because they’re slimy and messy,” admonished Barton. “Some people even consider them a trash fish. The truth is, catfish provide a respectable battle when hooked on rod and reel and they are easy to catch. That ease of catching helps build angler confidence in their own fishing skills and brings them back to the water. Maybe best of all, the smaller fish (up to about 10 pounds) provide excellent table fare. I sometimes view Mr. Whiskers like Rodney Dangerfield used to say, ‘I just can’t get no respect.'”
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. Pro anglers, boat manufacturers, equipment manufactures, tournament trail directors, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Ohio Department of Fish and Wildlife will be on hand to answer angler questions and promote the industry.
Monster Rod Holders and Jeff Jones Marine are hosts for the conference. Spokesmen for each company want everyone to know that the event is for the catfish industry as a whole. “It’s for everybody,” said Monster Rod Holder owner Steve 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.”
An array of booths will offer demonstrations, advice and general support of the industry. Some vendors will have equipment for sale at the conference. Vendor space sold out very early as people made an effort to be included in this important gathering. Consideration is already being given to a larger venue for next year’s event.
Educational seminars are an important feature of the conference. Six seminars will be presented on the Jeff Jones Marine main stage throughout the day to help anglers learn more about the sport of catfishing.
Catfishing 101 features professional catfish angler and Monsters on the Ohio Tournament Director Aaron Wheatley. Aaron will talk about how to get started in catfishing.
Three-time Big Cat Quest Angler of the Year and 2015 Monsters on the Ohio Catfish Tournament Champion Larry Muse will share his proven tactics to catch big catfish. “I simply want to share what I know about catfishing with fellow anglers in a way that will help the sport grow,” said Muse.
B’n’M Poles Prostaffers Mark Blauvelt and Ryan Lawrence are lifelong multi-species anglers who spend most of their time fishing the waters of southern Ohio looking for trophy cats. They will shorten the learning curve for anyone who wants to learn how to drag baits for big channel catfish.
Preparing for tournament competition will be the subject of a seminar from prostaff angler Carl Morris Jr. The Fat Boy Custom Rods angler believes that fishing all kinds of different water through tournament fishing speeds up the learning curve and helps grow the sport because of the willingness of tournament anglers to share.
The 2015 World Champions of Catfishing, David Shipman and Brooke Wilbanks will offer tips on catching trophy catfish. The Bottom Dwellers Tackle team will share their knowledge of the sport that helps them catch trophy catfish all over the country.
Professional catfish angler Dave Hart will discuss a conservation related element of sport. Bringing healthy fish to the scales and releasing them alive and vigorous is a top priority for tournament anglers. Hart will share the basics of keeping your tournament winning catches in good shape for a healthy release.
Catfish Conference 2016 is all about catfish. It will respond to the growing public demand for more information on the emergent sport. It is significant to point out that the conference is offering information on how to catch them, but also on how to conserve them for future generations. Organizers hope to attract more attention to the sport and contribute to its healthy growth.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phoned at 502-510-0275. Jim Hopper (Jeff Jones Marine) can be emailed at email@example.com or phoned at 859-873-3116.