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Catfish love hiding beneath large areas of structure like brush or log piles. So if you want to catch catfish in a river here are a few tips to help you consistently catch catfish in any river. Find the structure and you’ll find the catfish. In rivers look for a current moving in a circular motion. At the end of this type of current, the water will appear to be calm. This current is called an eddy and the calm…

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For those resilient anglers who can tolerate the sweltering heat, mosquitoes and sunburn that often are part of summer fishing, this season provides excellent opportunities for hooking lots of big crappie. Unfortunately, many hot-weather crappie outings end in failure. Why? Mainly because anglers insist on using the same fishing methods they use during the crappie’s spring spawning season, and these methods rarely entice slabs when the water is as hot as a jacuzzi. Success comes only to those anglers who…

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Capt. Barbara “Mouse” Witherell, the only female guide on the Santee Cooper lakes, has earned the respect of her male peers by making consistently outstanding catfish catches. by Terry Madewell With a signature moniker of “Mouse”, making a living as a professional catfish guide can lead to some interesting discussions about flipping the script and having a mouse catch a cat(fish). Capt. Barbara “Mouse” Witherell has been a highly successful fishing guide since 1998.  She is perhaps the best-known guide…

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by Brent Frazee You won’t find many crappie-fishing boats like the one guide Joe Bragg operates. In the nation’s heartland, crappie fishermen use everything from bass boats to john boats to aluminum V-hulls to chase the speckled gamefish. But a 24-foot, 4-inch long bay boat? Let’s just say Bragg defies customary behavior when he takes his customers fishing on Milford Lake in northeast Kansas. But Bragg says there is a method to his madness. His “Crappie Yacht,” as he calls…

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by Greg McCain In many ways, pulling crankbaits looms as an intimidating technique for catching summer crappie. With the conglomeration of rods, lures, electronics, and other boat accessories – plus the need-to-know details about fish location, depth, boat speed, and line length – pulling cranks can be something of a daunting proposition. The process does not have to be that way, however. In fact, those fishermen who practice the craft suggest that with just a little experience, trolling crankbaits for…

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