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In the outdoors, there are very few constants. So many factors influence the way fish and game go about their day to day lives that we mere humans will never be able to always accurately pattern them. But there is one constant that we can ‘take to the bank’! After a period of heavy rainfall when there is current in creeks and rivers, catfish will ALWAYS be present to feed on the abundant food supply.

I recently enjoyed a few action packed hours of catching blue catfish with my new friend guide Tony Pennebaker at Lake Tawakoni and the fishing was as good as it gets, thanks in part to the influx of fresh water and food coming down the Sabine River channel. Blue catfish are in a transition period right now. Many have moved out of the deeper water and are in pre-spawn mode in more shallow water. The dead of winter is prime for trophy hunting big blues, a time when it’s common to connect with big fish. I enjoy catching a big fish as much as anyone but right now is my favorite time of the year for catching good eating blue catfish and the ‘good eater’ size are primarily what’s biting right now. Most catfish anglers release trophy size catfish but those 2 to 10 pounders are the size that make great eating and right now at Lake Tawakoni, Pennebaker is exposing his clients to some red hot action and several gallon bags filled with snow white catfish fillets.


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