Out There: Dark waters, moonless nights

Hours of darkness add an element of magic to the catfishing experience.
And it usually is quite memorable.

Updated: May 7, 2004, 12:47 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton |
Special to ESPN Outdoors.com

It was a Jack-the-Ripper night. The sky was dark, the air thick and damp and the moon just a sliver dancing between flashing black thunderheads. Downstream, coyotes howled.

The river raged, high and muddy, so my partner and I opted to fish from a country bridge instead of launching a boat.

We fished by lantern light, drifting baits beneath a logjam around the pilings. By midnight we had four flatheads apiece, all 3- to 5-pounders. It was then a bigger cat hit … and it started ...

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Dark nights and cats