A serious channel catfish catch.
PHOTO: RUSSELL TINSLEY
One of the most accessible game fish, catfish are the largest family of freshwater fishes endemic to North America.
Bourne on the hunt.
If you are able to avoid discouragement, monster channel catfish are lying in wait.
Though aesthetes in the angling world may disdain the catfish, the wily channel catfish is the poor man's marlin—agile, discerning, and powerful.
Author Joel Bourne's afternoon catch: a one-and-a-half pounder.