Sitting here this monring reading all the new post since yesterday got me to thanking about our special sport. I was thinking about what made it so special? There are lots of different fish and lost of fishing opportunities for all of us yet we (almost 6000 of us) choose to chase the ole whisker fish. A poll was up last week asking how much of your fishing time is spent "Catfishing". The result is very clear that most of us spend at least 80% of our fishing time fishing for catfish. Why? I'll attempt to give my answer. Why I love catfishing. First, its a simple sport. You don't need a 30,000 dollar boat or a 30,000 dollar matching truck to feel like you are equipped to chase catfish. You don't need 30 different rods and reels for "special bait" presentation. You don't need 5 tackle boxes full of plastic baits, lead heads, bullet weights, spinner baits, buzz baits, and crankbaits. You don't spend you whole life trying to catch a 10lb fish. All you need is good spot to access the water, some variety of natural, homemade, or commerical bait, a couple of rods and reels, a few hooks and weights and your can fish for cats and be successful. Any old boat will do to access the many small lakes and ponds around the country that hold good numbers of cats. Anyone can expect to catch a 10lb cat and almost all do at least once each summer. It's the solitude of river fishing that reall gets my blood flowing. Most days I spend on the river I'm all alone. I normally don't even see another boat. I never have to wait on the ramp to empty. I don't have to worry about jet skies and thrill seekers on my river. It's normally just me and fish. I enjoy this type of fishing. I spent to many years of my life chasing the famous fish of our lakes and fighting that crowd. Spending an hour waiting to launch my boat and then several hours on the water trying to entice a fish to hit my offerings. I felt the pressure to outfish my competors. I just don't need that anymore. Catfishing is relaxing, fun, and productive. Anytime the clicker sings, you don't know that you won't have that "fish of a lifetime" on your line. Since I've devoted most of my fishing time chasing the ole whisker fish, I've caught more fish over 10lbs that I ever thought possible. Catching a good mess of the fish for the table is expected on every trip. Notice I said expected and not reality. Name me another sport where you cat catch eater sized fish and a trophy fish in the same trip? I guess it's possible but with catfishing its probable. That's why I love catfishing. That plus the folks that catfish have a common bond and friendships are easily forged. Need proof? Just go to a BOC gathering or a mini gathering and see what you come away with. New friends. Catfishermen are the good people. It doesn't matter what your name is, it doesn't matter where you reside, it doesn't matter what your ethnic back ground, it doesn't matter how old or young, all are good folks. Men, women, boys, and girls. All are good. At least that's been my experience. Knowledge to learn and then to share. I had to learn. When I started seriously chasing these old whisker fish I didn't know much about it. I read books, magizine articles and talked to folks. What I found was there was not a lot of information to be found and those that had it usually didnt' get ask about their knowledge because most assume the catfishermen is like other fisherman and won't share their knowledge. Then I found this place. Man was I shocked. Here was all this knowledge free to anyone that cared to ask. If I remember correctly, when I joined there was somewhere around 2000 members. Anyone and everyone was willing to answer any question you ask. It's still that way today. Ask and you will receive. If you don't understand, ask again. Learning then teaching. That's what catfishermen do. They learn then teach what they know to someone new. Why is that? Because we want everyone interested to enjoy what we enjoy. Catfishing is the greatest fishing sport going and I'm proud to be part of it. That's why I love catfishing.