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Quick Cleat Boat Cleats For No Knot Anchoring and Mooring

Quick Cleat Boat Cleat

Several months ago the team over at Quick Cleat contacted me and wanted me to check out their product. They’d read some of my suggestions for boat cleats and wanted me to try their product. They claimed they had a boat cleat that was better than anything else on the market. They wanted me to […]

Preparing Your Boat For Spring Fishing

prepare your boat for spring fishing

Here in Texas we don’t have a fishing “season” we can fish all year long. My catfish boat never gets winterized and winter is one of my busiest seasons so there is very little downtime for my boat. There are masses of anglers though that cannot fish in the fall and winter due to the weather […]

Drift Socks 101: What Is A Drift Sock and How To Use Them

Drift Socks 101

Drift fishing can be a very effective catfishing technique for targeting blue catfish and channel catfish. Like other techniques, it has a time and a place and certainly can be more effective at certain times of the year. For the beginning angler drift fishing is an excellent way to get on the water and start […]

DIY Shallow Water Anchor

DIY Shallow Water Anchor

Close to ten or maybe even twelve years ago I was fishing for shallow water blue catfish on Lake Lewisville with my good friend Benny Roberts of Sure Shot Catfish Punch Bait and he introduced me to the world of shallow water anchors (or what some people refer to as “portable  trees”). Benny would take […]

Three Must Have Items For The Boat Catfish Angler


  Last week I covered Five Rookie Catfishing Mistakes and talked in depth about not getting obsessed with shiny new things and having tons of new rods and reels and other catfish tackle. Your tackle and gear does not catch fish, learning how to pattern fish and get your baits in front of them consistently […]

DIY Box Anchor Plans and Information

box anchor

  I have been using Digger Anchors for quite some time now (see my Digger Anchor review)and have never had an issues with them or their performance but occasionally in really high winds on one of the lakes I fish it doesn’t want to hold.  This isn’t because they are not good anchors but rather […]

Navionics Hotmaps Review And Uses For Fishing

navionics hotmaps

  I’ve had a number of questions recently regarding Navionics hot maps and the uses for catfishing or just fishing in general. The questions about Navionics Hotmaps range from everything from the basics like what are these maps, how do you get them on your fishfinder all the way to more advanced questions like how […]

Boat Maintenance and Repairs, Helpful Tips and Tricks


I mentioned the other day in the article on my boat wrap project and experience that part of the reason for my extended absence from writing, doing catfishing videos and putting up new episodes of Catfishing Radio  was that I was doing some major repairs and maintenance on my Xpress HD22CC catfish boat. Generally every […]

Boat Wrap Experience and Process

boat wraps

Obviously (for those that follow closely) there have been some gaps between posts here on Learn To Catch Catfish of recent and the Catfishing Radio episodes have not been as frequent over the past month either. Much of the reason behind this is outside of just generally being crazy busy and also trying to catch […]

The Gripper Boats Cleats Review, Worlds Best Boat Cleats


Something like boat cleats may seem trivial and is probably something that most anglers wouldn’t put much thought into but they are an essential part of my catfish boat. I found these cleats about 15 years ago and installed them on my boat then and since I found them I have installed them on each […]

Transporting Fishing Rods For Easy Access, Less Damage


I have a lot of essential tools on my catfishing boat that I rely on day in and day out that just seem second nature to me but are not to most people. I am a bit unorganized and rely on having stuff in the right place at the right time for quick easy access. […]

GPS Uses For Catfishing


I have covered in depth how important I feel that a graph or fish finder is for fishing for blue catfish extensively in the blue catfish anglers #1 tool and covered in detail some of the options to look for when choosing a fish finder  for catfishing as well as my top fish finder picks […]