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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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A rising tide, it’s said, floats all boats. Unfortunately, an ebbing economy can have the opposite effect. With inflation at levels that haven’t been seen in decades and gas prices rising even more, you can bet that charter captains and fishing guides across the country are feeling a shark-sized bite right where they keep their wallets. “It’s tough to make a living on the water when the cost of fuel and other expenses keeps rising,” says National Professional Anglers Association…

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Mike Iaconelli speaks at the NPAA Conference

Whether you are an aspiring professional angler or a seasoned touring pro the NPAA can assist you in reaching your goals. Established in 1997 the National Professional Anglers Association was assembled with one core principle in mind: To increase the professionalism of our members as we work to grow and protect sportfishing. While the industry landscape continually changes forcing companies to reevaluate how they spend their marketing dollars, the NPAA has kept its finger on the pulse of how anglers…

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