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Top 10 Catfish Fisheries

(Photo courtesy of In-Fisherman.com)
(Photo courtesy of In-Fisherman.com)

The dancing rod tip means nothing. You know that. When a fish worth catching commits to the big chunk of herring on your circle hook, there will be no doubt. The rod will surge and the clicker will sing, and when you engage the reel to bury the hook you’ll need to be ready for battle.

Much gets said about trophy catfish in the Midwest and the Deep South while northeastern destinations are largely overlooked. That doesn’t mean that cats don’t call this part of the country home. Virginia’s blue cat offerings rival those of any state in the nation, and several big rivers in parts of the Northeast support excellent flathead populations. But much of the region is channel cat country, and where they lack competition from their blue-hued cousins, channels commonly reach big sizes.

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