i was sitting around bored and got to thinking (uh oh) about the different forms of pursuing catfish. everyone calls it fishing but after looking up the different meanings of the word in the dictionary and thesaurus i find that i don't "fish"----i "hunt" and "stalk" fish. to "fish" means to blindly search for something. i've seen plenty of people "fish" for fish. i even do it myself on occasion. but mostly i "hunt" and "stalk" fish. to "hunt" is the process of looking carefully or thoroughly for something. to "stalk" is to seek out (game) for food or sport. someone who goes down to the lake or river without a game plan or not knowing the body of water and just casting out a line with the hopes of catching a fish is "fishing". there's nothing wrong with a person "fishing" if that makes them happy, but as for myself, i am not happy "fishing". the largest river in my area is small compared to the missouri, ohio, or the mississippi rivers but to me it is an endless ribbon of hunting and stalking oppertunities. countless times i've pulled up to the boat ramp and seen people sitting on a cooler or lawn chair with their poles propped in the fork of a limb that they've driven into the ground "fishing". but it is nothing for me to put my boat in at this ramp and not slowing down till i'm 15 miles up or down the river with a game plan to catch a monster blue cat. when i get to the spot that i've chosen to "hunt" i will "stalk" the spot exhaustivly until i've either caught a trophy blue cat or determined that i've done all in my power to catch one. usually it's the latter but on occasion my "hunting" trip turns out in my favor. there is one spot that i have found on my river that has produced several trophy sized blue cats within a 50 foot radius. it took me 2 years to find this spot and realize that i had found a very special spot. i try every trip to this spot to analize what makes it special and for me to try to explain what i have figured out would be time consuming and probably useless information to anyone else. my main point of this post is that when a person goes after a fish you can either go after it blindly or you can have a plan and actually put some time and effort into making your trip more successful. find a spot that produces fish and figure out why and when the fish are there and you'll become a successful fisherman. it's hard work and a person that says that pursuing catfish is relaxing is a true "fisherman".