As we all know catfishing has become a well known sport all over the U.S. I've also noticed ,and read alot of articles in some of the state hunting and fishing magazines. There's alot of articles that at times I think are just smoke. I think it's all for the publicity, and to throw people curve balls. I guess what really gets me is who writes the stories. I know we have alot of super good guides out there that fish their hearts out, then there's others who, well.$#%$#. How can a person, guide ,whoever, fish a lake 4 or 5 times and honestly sit down with a reporter and give a professional veiw of any body of water. I read these articles on Hartwell and they blow my mind. A few years ago it was unheard of to catch catch of size in Hartwell, now it's as well know as all the other catfish hotspots. I've fish alot of lakes in several different states, but if someone was to ask me to give a story on any of them, I'd have to decline because lack of water time. It would be like me giving a story to local people in Alabama about lake Wilson. Yeah I've fished it and caught big catfish, but to tell someone else what they should do is a crock. I guess it's because Hartwell is my home lake and I see weekly what goes on,and to read all the stories about this "Sleeping Giant" erks me. No I don't want the whole lake to myself,but to pump people up just to get them here is wrong. Clarks Hill is one of the best lake in S.C. for huge catfish, Greenwood is a hot little number too, alot of nice fish are being caught down there every year, NOT JUST CHANNELS either. Keowee believe it or not has catfish in it also.Don't forget Murray either. We all know Monticello has huge fish in it, but where is all the big fish stories. You read them and you may hear Greenwood, Monticello, or Keowee, but where is the big fish stories. Never here reports of 40-50-60 pounds being caught in these lake, but Hartwell always has those big heavy weights. I fish every week, and people ask me what I'm fishing for and when I say catfish, first thing they say is ,yeah I heard the were some monsters in there. Bottom line is the fishing pressure on Hartwell has quadrupled in the last couple years, from what I think is stories and publicity. I've not fished my regular waters but twice the whole season, due to the fact of over fishing. I've fished other arms and sections of the lake, and also started fishing other lakes alot more.There's alot of lakes around that hold really big catfish, but I've learned to be a little more reluctant to share info. I know I sound like a sore tail who someone has fished my holes, no that's not it. The point I'm making is this. People need to be careful what the read, because it is what it is, A STORY. If I ran a guide service on a lake, would it not make since to share more info on a lake I don't fish as much. It happens men so don't say it don't. So if you're on a hunt for big catchfish, do your homework,pay your dues and fish . If that dont work find the writer of the article you read and they can set you up with whoever gave them the info and they can put you on a monster of a life time, and tell you a good story while you wait.