Michael Mitchell was born and raised in Decatur Illinois.
He started fishing around 10 years old. Fishing has always been his favorite thing to do.
Michael didn’t start targeting trophy catfish until 2019. It wasn’t long after that he bought a boat and started tournament fishing that same year with his youngest son Nick. They both have a passion for chasing big blues.
Michael’s favorite thing about taking people out is the look and enjoyment they get when they catch a new PB!
Michael’s PB’s 61lb Blue catfish 31lb Flathead catfish 18lb Channel catfish
Michaels go to gear is:
Dales Tackle 12/0 Circle Hooks
Partners in Slime Dragging weights
Smackdown Rod Holders
Parks Planner Boards
Where you can find Michael:
Facebook: @ Michael Mitchell
Tiktok @ Fishing_with_mike75
Ronnie Berry Aka “Ronwell Quincy Muddobber”
Ronnie was born and raised in Carlyle Illinois (45 miles east of St. Louis) and became a river rat at a young age on his family’s river front property.
He grew up helping his dad, and uncles run hoop nets, trout and bank lines about a mile south of Carlyle lake (Illinois largest man made lake) on the Kaskaskia River.
Ronnie started out rod and reel fishing targeting Flathead catfish which he landed his PB at 53 pounds bank fishing on the Kaskaskia river at Carlyle spillway in 2011. In 2015 he was scrolling through YouTube and discovered a channel that was Called wildcatters tv with the “Catfish Dude” from then on he was hooked!!
Ronnie also has a YouTube channel in the works – “Cattin’ Around With Ronwell” which he Turned a Seadoo Jetski into a Catfishing machine. He has had this idea brewing for a while and finally made it reality and excited to share all of his adventures with everyone!!! Ronnie also hopes to turn this into a new way of Catfishing!
Ronnie’s go to Gear is
Where you can find Ronnie
Chad Huffstetler was born and raised in Easley South Carolina.
Catfishing has been a life long passion of his and is his safe place.
His go to lakes that he will normally fish is Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee.
His go to rig is a Santee Cooper rig. He drags Fat Rooster planer boards when he is out on the boat.
His PB blue catfish is 45lbs and my PB flat head catfish is 41lbs
Where you can find Chad
Timothy has been fishing since he was a kid.
Timothy started tournament catfishing about 7 years ago. He has won tournaments on Kerr lake , Lake Gaston , and also on Santee Cooper.
Main lakes he frequents are Kerr lake , Lake Gaston , Badin , Tillery , Tuckertown, and also the James and Santee Cooper Rivers.
His favorite rig for drifting is the Santee rig paired with Dirty South Draggin Weights and Hookers Terminal Tackle Mad Catter XHD hooks.
He uses Catch The Fever medium heavy Hellcat rods paired with Penn Phantom’s and 40lb Slime Line.
His sponsors are
Big Cat Fever
Where you can find Timothy
Derek has been an enthusiastic fisherman with an immense love and passion for fishing practically his entire life.
Derek couldn’t imagine a more rewarding feeling than catching that big one and feels it is essential to practice CPR in order for everyone’s kids and grandkids to have that opportunity as well.
Derek regulars Buggs Island, Lake Tillery. and Tucker Town in Virginia and North Carolina
One of Derek’s biggest goals in life is to enrich other’s with his knowledge and skills of the trade.
96 pound blue cat!!
32 pound flathead!!
Derek’s go to rig is a Carolina Rig paired with Nocturnal Nation pig sticker hook.
Where you can find Derek
Dennis is a avid fisherman from northern Illinois always looking for trophy fish. Weather it’s catfish or panfish, it is a passion he chases and enjoys. He is a competitive angler on the boat or bank and also does tournaments.
When he fishes out on the river he likes to introduce new anglers to the sport of catfishing by taking them out. His go to set up is a Kentucky rig for spring/fall time on a 6/0 back stabber circle hook from HTT, and Santee rig or a Carolina rig mid summer with a 8/0 backstabber circle hook depends on waters he is fishing.
Where you can find Dennis
CAPT. MILTON NIETO
Milton is a trophy fisherman from Texas. Trophy alligator gar and catfish are his specialty.
Milton has been fishing for giants for 15 years.
He is the owner and operator of Xtreme Trophy Fishing.
He has been chartering for 5 years taking clients from all over the world in search of monsters!
Cody Cosper from Troy, Texas. he has always had a passion for fishing, started with his dad taking him and his siblings out to the creeks and rivers. He now have His own guide service fishing for blue catfish and alligator gar. He also works in the life safety industry as a fire alarm inspector. In his free time he fishes with his fiancé Kamryn and their dog Captain. He is also a avid tournament angler, He runs in serval different divisions throughout the ACA rankings, mainly division 1 & 2 tournaments. He regularly runs Central Texas Catfish Trail and just started running the CatMasters.
Cody’s favorite thing to do is drift for catfish using planer boards and Nocturnal Nation Eclipse circle hook sizes 10/0 – 6/0. He regularly practice C.P.R on all fish caught, the only time he keeps fish is when he guide’s and he still practices C.P.R no fish over 15 pounds is placed in his live-well.
Col. Robert “Mason” Dixon
Col. Robert “Mason” Dixon hails from a long line of Kentucky fisherman & musicians and he’ll tell you it’s not so much in the Kentucky whiskey as it is the DNA. Performing over 150 dates a year with his touring old time bluegrass band The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys. Mr. Dixon is a leading force in the state of Kentucky pushing for the conservation and regulations of catfish. While hosting his own yearly catfish tournament series “Taylorsville Lake Catfish Tournament Series” he still finds time to fish many other events all over the country. As a proud member of the ACA conservation and regulations are always on his mind.
Dustin is from South Elgin IL. He was reintroduced to fishing by a good friend of his about 5years ago. They often fished for bass or whatever else was biting. Soon after he began targeting channel and flathead catfish. He would spend much of the time looking for good spots to fish for them. His father started to join him and soon after his grandpa gave him his Jon boat, no long after that he started entering into tournaments. Catfish are his preferred species. His quest is to latch onto a 50+ pound trophy fish. He finds fishing to be peaceful and relaxing and loves waiting to see what is on the other end of the hook. He also like to help others when he see’s them fishing from shore. Especially when they are with their kids. His Goal is to keep them enjoying the sport.
Chad grew up in Mt. Pulaski Illinois. He is a very passionate fisherman. Chad’s passion for catfishing started when he was a young man and has grown into a full blown obsession. He enjoys showing his kids, family and friends all the tips and tricks. Chad has been fishing for as long as he can remember. He feels he can always learn something new and catfishing is a ever evolving sport. Chad has won several tournaments in the Clinton Lake Catfish Tournament Series and him and his partner ever won the series championship in 2020
Chad’s go to technique is always changing he uses a little bit of everything and even puts his own twist on it. One this is for sure he always had Ande Monster Monofilament spooled up on his reels.
Jason has been fishing his whole life. He has always fished for all species but he has found a love for catfishing and has been addicted for years. Jason has won multiple tournaments over the past few years and along with fishing partner Chad Abner won the 2020 series points for the Clinton Lake Catfish Tournament Series.
Jason loves dragging and suspending big baits. He used Ande Monster Monofilament. His favorite rig is well all of them. He uses Carolina rigs, Santee Cooper rig, Double drops, Kentucky rigs, you name it he uses it.