By Zach Mills - Operation Catfish
In an industry where you often find bitter rivalries that sometimes go back as far as a decade or more, Josh Blankenship with Grizzly Catfish Trail shows it doesnt have to be that way. With Danny King backing West Texas Catfish Trail, newcomers Brandon Clayton and Smoky Brown are well ahead of the game. But to top it off, Josh Blankenship takes it one step further.
By sponsoring West Texas Catfish Trail and going out of his way to show that competitors can work together to provide a better service to the industry and catfish angler. So much hype surrounds the new trail that has some folks wondering if it will be highlighted as 2012′s rookie trail of the year.
I spoke with Josh Blankenship about sponsoring the west texas catfish trail and he said “It’s not about competing against each other as its more about providing a better future for catfish tournaments.” When I spoke with Brandon Clayton about what he thought of the sponsorship between him and Josh with Grizzly he said “It’s great to have the support from someone with so much experience, I believe this could be the start of a great future for both trails.”
This certainly is a huge step in the right direction and many catfish anglers are hoping that this will show other companies/trails that its better to work together for a common goal than against each other. As always we will keep an eye on both of these trails and I certainly hope that with this example that soon others will follow in the same steps to ensure the industry continues in the right direction.
More on both of these trails right here at your very own Operation Catfish,
WEST TEXAS CATFISH TRAIL
GRIZZLY CATFISH TRAIL