All popular fish species have a dedicated following....some attracting a certain brand of person...but each one unique in its core followers. The bass fishermen are making bank on their sport through tournaments...and tend to carry the bad rep of being arrogant and self serving...and for looking down their noses at catfishermen...because they use...Gasp!!..."Bait". Then the trout fishing purists look down their noses at the bass fishermen. Lol...it's the circle of life. Many people view the catfish as a lowly bottom feeder, rough fish, or a scavenger that relies on finding dead prey because they can't catch anything else. To these people I'd have to say that their ignorance is showing. The catfish is a VERY adept and efficient predator...able to chase down prey consistently in water so muddy that they can't even see a foot in front of their nose in the daylight...much less in the darkness. That all being said...I believe we're all sold on catfish in here...and don't really care what the other "BAIT" fishermen think about our choice. Which brings me to my questions.... What was it that drew you to catfishing and keeps you coming back? It would have been so easy to buy into the more popular choice of bass fishing. Did catfishing draw you in because of the more laid back style...versus run and gun lure casting? The camaradery? Being able to sit, drink a fav cold beverage, listen to nature in the dark? Or is it a traditional thing in your family? Perhaps a choice that kinda made itself...because you grew up doing it? Myself included...how many of us spent alot of time casting lures for bass, crappie, or walleye in younger days....but later got back to your roots as a catfisherman. With a vengeance I might add. One that doesn't catfish seriously wouldn't think that much money would be needed to fund the sport on a yearly basis. Ya right...I wouldn't EVEN WANT to know how much I spend yearly on direct and indirect fishing related activity. (You know...all the way from buying gas to calling in sick at work and losing wages...lol :wink Although crappie, walleye, whitebass/wiper, and spoonbill are still on my to do list every year....they pale in comparison to the amount of time I spend catfishing out in the river...or in one of our local 400 huge state run strip pits throughout the year. I RARELY bass fish anymore...although I still do catch a few hawgs from time to time on live perch under a bobber in the strip pits. (back you go...so you can make more bait...lol) Catfishing is becoming more and more popular. with there being multiple tourney trails, club tourneys, and associations springing up across the nation. But the fact is still this...the ratio of people just out to enjoy catfishing is IMMESELY greater than those making a living off the tourney trail or guiding for that matter. It draws a certain type of individual...one thats set apart from anglers of other species. What's your story?