One of the most accessible game fish, catfish are the largest family of freshwater fishes endemic to North America.
A serious channel catfish catch.
PHOTO: RUSSELL TINSLEY
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.
Bourne on the hunt.
Author Joel Bourne's afternoon catch: a one-and-a-half pounder.