Back in 2001, a group of catfishermen and women formed a catfish club (Carolinas Catfish Club) for the Carolinas. The purpose of forming this club were many, but the primary one was to get some type of state regulation to protect the catfish fisheries in North and South Carolina. Now, seven years later, we now have a 32" Ark. Blue regulation for two lakes in North Carolina, Badin and Norman. This two lake regulation is a small step in getting the Ark. Blue recognized as a trophy fish state wide. How did we as a club accomplish this task, the ways were many and under the leadership of a lot of people over the seven year period. First, we made it a part of our charter. Next we publicized the benefits of catching trophy cats and conserving their population. Then we assisted the University of Viriginia in a Ark. Blue catfish study that they wanted to conduct and it was conducted on Lake Norman, NC. Also, we let it be known that we were releasing (alive) all catfish in our news releases for all catfish tournaments. Seminars conducted by myself and others stressed the importance of releasing trophy cats for their reproduction capabilities and gene pool. Last, but not the least, we worked with our state DNR staff and invited them to our club meetings and other functions. I have presented this as a blue print for those wanting to get some protection for catfish all over the USA. The process is slow, but if you will get some folks together, best way is thru a fishing club, and then work with your local newspaper, TV and DNR staff you can accomplish similar results as those by the Carolinas Catfish Club.