Hey guys, Just writing to give you guys some info on catching and releasing the catfish you catch. It's scientifically proven that bigger catfish spawn and are more likely to grow like a weed after they reach a certain size: Catfish are the fastest growing soprtfish in North America Most catfish species gain 2-5 pounds per year for their first three years, doubling their weight per year after that (flatties) Flathead's are the 2nd largest sportfish in Texas after the Blue Catfish are the 2nd most preferred group of fish among licensed Texas anglers A catfish can live 12 to 14 years, one of the oldest ever recorded was aged at 24 years old Catfish reach sexual maturity between their 3rd and 6th year Catfish grow an average of 1.5 inches per year Catfish prefer warm waters to promote maximum growth 85 degree water is the best temperature for optimum growth, with each 18 degree change in temp, their metabolism either doubles or halves. It takes a little understanding to fully grasp the whole 'catch and release' thing but it can be a very rewarding habit. I'm not saying to catch and release all your cat's, you be the judge. Just imagine, you catch 5 eighteen inch, three # flatheads and let them go. Next year they may be six pounds and 20-25 inches long! It works guys, I have fished in the same area for years and I have caught the SAME flatheads on my trotline almost overnight, same hook sore on their mouths! Give conservation and 'catch and release' a shot, it's not only good for the fish, it will reward you as well.