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Out There: Catfish go mainstream

There was a time when catfish and catfish anglers rarely got respect. Those days are about gone.

Updated: August 17, 2005, 6:03 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton | Special to ESPNOutdoors.com

Editor's note: Watch for Keith "Catfish" Sutton appearing on "The Casting Couch," a one-minute commentary on the wild world of fishing that airs on Saturdays during "BassCenter" on ESPN2.

I'm often asked, "Why has catfishing become so popular in recent years?"

The fact is, these whiskered wonders — channel catfish, blue cats, flatheads and bullheads — have always been among North America's most popular sportfish. Few fish are targeted by more anglers.

Until recent ...

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