catfishingJohn is a founding members of the South Texas Catfish Association, where he is currently President and Tournament Director. John is married to his high school sweet heart Audrey and has been since 1985. Together they have raised two Daughters, Kayla and Ashlee. John is an Army retiree and currently works for the Army as an instructor at Fort Sam Houston Texas. Due to his military lifestyle, he moved around a lot and had the opportunity to fish in many different areas.

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Catfish Anglers on the internet are exposed to pictures and video of giant catfish on all the popular forums.

These monsters are something for most of us to dream about, especially if your local waters are not patrolled by these beasts. But, it’s all relative, if your local lake or river or pond is not home to 60+ pound catfish, then your not going to catch them there.

However, what is the biggest catfish found in your local fishing hole? This is what matters, because if you can hone your skills enough to catch cats that are at the top of the size chart for your fishing hole, then you are successful.

I live in San Antonio, Texas, and though we have some giant catfish in some of our Texas waterways, here in South Texas we are limited.

We have several area waters to fish that contain catfish, but most do not compare to the size of cats in North Texas waters. Lake Tawakoni is a North Texas Lake known as the Texas Catfish Capital, the lake record blue Catfish is 70+ pounds.

Lake Tawakoni is the only Texas Lake on the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail schedule. You can regularly read of anglers catching 40-60 pound blue cats on this lake.

One of our local South Texas lakes is Calaveras Lake; Cally, as we call it, is a small 3624 acre power plant lake, meaning it is a cooling lake for the local power plant. It is not naturally fed by any river or stream, water is pumped into the lake from the San Antonio River.

The Blue Catfish record on Calaveras currently is 31 pounds. So, if Calaveras is your lake, then you are unlikely to catch that 40-60 pound beast you may catch on Lake Tawakoni, but catching a 15-25 pound blue cat on Calaveras is just as tough as catching a 40-60 pound cat on Tawakoni. It’s all relative.

So, no matter where you fish, don’t compare your angling success to those giants you see on the internet, but to the giants that come from your body of water. Think about those guys catching that 60+ pound cat on Santee Cooper Lake, they will not do that on your lake, but, if your lake is like Cally, a 25 pounder may equal that 60 pounder from Santee Cooper.

So, enjoy the giants posted on the internet, and there is nothing wrong with dreaming of the day you’ll fish one of those bodies of water and catch that monster yourself, but for the mean time, remember, it is all relative.