Every angler in the fishing game, from the clownish noobs to the seasoned pros, will eventually realize that to get the upper hand one must always appreciate and acknowledge the wisdom of the “old guys.” No matter what enormous quantity of technical fishing information you’ve read, nothing can top the years of practical “on the water” experience accumulated in the bones of the older fishermen. In “Catfish Hunters”, the reader receives insights into catfishing derived from 120 collective years between the authors, Jake Bussolini and Mac Byrum. From hilarious anecdotes of being stabbed by a catfish barb, to suppositions that some of the “young folk” have taken to licking catfish for depraved recreational purposes, this book is flavoured with many elements above and beyond the text book qualities of many other examples of fishing literature.
The authors talk rigs, baits, locations and methods like other catfishing books, but at the same time they often challenge long held catfishing dogmas by cross-referencing their own data collected though out the years. For example they provide some pretty convincing evidence that puts the classic “time of day” and “moon cycle” beliefs into serious question. Another notable feature is that the authors have a vast collection of photographs of their fish finders which they analyze and use to educate anglers to the subtlety of the immense information hidden on the screen.
The authors cap off the book by flying a small plane to different catfish hot spots, fishing with the local guides and noting the differences in catfish strategies. Here’s a spoiler: catfish rigs across the USA tend to be eerily similar.
In spite of the flurry of spelling mistakes on nearly every page I found the book to be a very enjoyable, informative and entertaining. The editor just needs to look closer.