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Christina Lemke

Christina’s go to rig is a Carolina rig with a 3 or 4oz. no roll sinker. 

She is a brand ambassador for Nocturnal Nation Catfishing and her current go to hook is the  10/0 Juggernaut.

She uses 80lb braid  paired with 50lb leader.  Christina used 7-10Ft MH-XH rods.

She will add line rattles or rattling floats when applicable.  Her go to bait for flathead is live bullhead.

Her favorite fish is the majestic flathead

PB Flathead 48.5″ x 33.5″

PB channel catfish 37″

Christina is a multi species gal but catfish and sturgeon have become her favorite.

Gerald Wyatt

Gerald’s passion is chasing big blue cats and flathead with his son Hunter.  Hunter has been fishing with him since he was old enough to hold a fishing pole.  Gerald’s PB’s are a 64# blue cat and a 42# flathead.  Him and his son fish as often as they can.   They love tournament fishing as much as possible.  His favorite fishing destination is Kerr Lake in Clarksville, VA

Gerald’s go to rig is a Carolina rig with 3-4oz bank sinkers, 40# Ande Monofilament main line, Nocturnal Nation Lucky 13 and Hookers Terminal Tackle back stabber hooks.   He C.P.R’s 100% of the time 

Where you can find Gerald

Facebook @Gerald Wyatt

Instagram @rabster1968

TAYLOR MALCOLM

Taylor loves chasing catfish! She has only been fishing a couple of years but has caught many many nice fish.  She hopes to one day break some records! She likes fishing in the Missouri River prefers Rod & reel CPR!  Taylor is also a brand ambassador for Nocturnal Nation Catfishing.

Taylor’s go to fishing tactic is a Carolina rig with a large barrel swivel, sometimes she adds a float peg.  She uses 8,10, or 12 oz. no rolls.   50lb leader.  Sometimes she will do a 3 way swivel with a 50lb leader on her hook and a 10lb breakaway leader with a bank sinker.   And if you read above she uses Nocturnal Nation Hooks and loves them.

DENNIS GRABINSKI

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

TikTok @flathead_mafia

Instagram @flathead_mafia_fishing

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!

Milton’s go to rig is a Carolina rig with with a Nocturnal Nation Lucky 13 or a Eclipse 10/0

Jennifer Yates-Batteese

Jennifer is originally from Southern Louisiana where fishing is sort of a way of life but she now lives in Southern Illinois right by Carlyle Lake (even though she actually prefers the river to the lake, it’s nice to be close to both). 

She has always loved fishing but has only been seriously catfishing for about a few years now.  She takes the kids fishing  often and it has kind of  become of a family affair. 

She will be tournament fishing and spending any other off time on the Kaskaskia River where she has already caught a few monster blues.

Jennifer would love to set a record someday but for now she would  just like to get into the 80+ Club.

Jennifer uses Nocturnal Nation hooks and recently became a brand ambassador for the company.  Her go to hook right now is the new 10/0 pig stickers.  Shad is her bait of choice,  C.P.R always she says.

Where you can find Jennifer

Tiktok @jyayy9109

Facebook @Jennifer Yates

Kyle Kessinger

Kyle was born and raised in Central Kentucky where he still resides today.  He is a heavy equipment operator by trade.  However, when he’s not on a dozer he’s traveling the South East United States chasing trophy blue cats and honing his skills as a tournament angler.  He has been on the podium many times in regional tournaments and plans to join the Cat Master tour soon.

Kyle is an advocate for the recovery community and believes the outdoors brings him closer to his Higher Power.  He also uses this as a platform to reach out to others in need.

Kyle is a member of the ACA and always practices CPR fishing.  As a tournament angler he fishes year round in all weather conditions, so his techniques are constantly changing and evolving.

Kyle’s go to fishing tactic is dragging cut bait with planner boards working channel edges. He uses 40 pound Ande Monster Monofilament with Ande premium leader line, multiple Nocturnal Nation hook sizes and a variety of weights depending on conditions and location.

Cody Cosper

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 Ware

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.

 Dustin’s favorite catfishing setup is 40 pound Ande Monofilament paired with Ande premium leader line.  His hook of choice is the Nocturnal Nation 8/0 Eclipse hook.  He likes to anchor fish and uses several setups including a bobber rig,  Santee cooper rig, and a Carolina rig.

Joey Leidner

Joey is from Mansfield, IL.  Joey’s love of fishing goes way back into his youth.  He started catfishing seriously when he was 16.  Now only a short time later he fell in love with catfishing and is now chasing trophies.  In the last 12 months he has landed 6 blue catfish over 30 and 2 over 40, and multiple 20’s 90% of which came from the bank.   In August 2021 Joey landed a for sure 50 and possibly 60lb flat head!   His goal is catch some record fish and educate as many younger anglers as he can.  Being (17) he know the value of teaching the youth about the sport of catfishing.   Joey always practices CPR!  Joey is no a Nocturnal Nation Catfishing ambassador!

Joey’s go to fishing rig is a Carolina rig.  He uses Nocturnal Nation hooks.  His go to hook is the Nocturnal Nation 9/0 Eclipse.  He loves his Ande Monster Monofilament.  Joey’s favorite breed of catfish is the mighty flat head!

Chad Abner

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 Marquis

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.

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