The Catfish Hunters by Jake Bussolini and Mac Byrum provides extensive
information for catching catfish in North America. Both authors have extensive
experience with a variety of catfish species. Three catfish species are covered
in detail; the channel catfish, blue catfish, and flathead catfish. The authors
also touch on fishing for bullheads as well as white catfish.
In the book, the authors emphasize science and technology as being important
factors for success, with a special section on the use of electronic fishfinders
for locating trophy-class catfish. Catfish biology is also explored, including
explanations of catfish sensory functions; smell, taste, hearing, sight, and
electrosensing. The authors also debunk a number of fishing myths which often
lead anglers astray when targeting catfish.
A variety of fishing techniques are explained, with extensive coverage of
baits, tackle, location, and fishing methods. As the book progresses, advanced
fishing techniques are discussed. At this point, the importance of earlier
chapters becomes much more apparent as the authors share their secrets for
catching trophy-class catfish.
Perhaps one of the most important chapters involves trolling techniques.
Although the techniques described are almost unheard of for catching catfish,
the results of the authors’ trips are indisputable. Similar explanations are
also provided for drift fishing as well as traditional fishing while at anchor.
Much of the regional information contained in the book provides valuable
insight into catfish behavior and strategies. Although some information focuses
on well known fishing areas such as the James River, or Lake Norman, many of the
techniques discussed will apply to other bodies of water.
The Catfish Hunters is suitable for anglers of all skill levels. For the
beginner, the book provides a no-nonsense introduction to catfishing.
Intermediate anglers are likely to find the book useful for improving everyday
catches. Because of its scientific approach, the book is especially valuable for
anglers that are considering fishing for trophy-class catfish.