Quality Catfishing with Markybob Catfishing on Watts Bar. With 25+ years of Catfishing for Blue, Flathead, and Channel Cats, Captain Mark can put you on Catfish. Multiple Launch locations are available.  Contact Capt. Mark for the launch location that best fits you. Watts Bar (Rockwood, Kingston, Spring City, Ten Mile), Watts Bar Tailwaters, and local lakes (Channel Cats Only) are all available launch locations.

You can expect to target Blue Catfish, Flathead Catfish, and Channel Catfish, some of which can be near 50 lbs. or more. There are special excursions also available to catch/keep Skipjack Herring, White Bass, and more, depending on the time of year. See available trips to learn about these very special excursions.

You can expect fishing with heavy tackle using various Tennessee River tactics (Dragging/Planer Board, Drifting, Suspending, Bumping, Float Rigging, and Bottom Rigging).

Get the whole family outdoors? Kids are absolutely welcome! Child-sized life vests are available, but you can bring your own.

You’ll be fishing from a large, comfortable 24’ Lowe Pontoon modified for Catfishing, Modern Electronics, GPS Trolling Motor, and a comfortable capacity for 4 passengers (4 adults or 3 adults and 2 children). Can take more but the boat tends to get crowded with more than 4. It has everything you need for a productive day on the water. This vessel is wheelchair accessible and has a bimini top for rain and sun protection as needed. Capt. Mark has rods and reels for you, along with all of the necessary tackle.

You must purchase or possess a valid Tennessee license before the trip. This information is available online at GoTennesseeOutdoors or ask the captain for assistance.  Please possess a license in advance of the trip. A few items to bring: sunglasses, sunblock, drinks and a hat.  Alcohol is allowed in moderation, but you should avoid hard liquor as well as glass bottles.

Go ahead and treat yourself to a day on the water with Markybob Catfishing.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Crossville Catfishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 1
    US $100
    Enjoy a relaxing Catfishing experience on a peaceful lake on the outskirts of Crossville, TN on a large comfortable boat. This trip is seasonal and includes night fishing for Channel Catfish. Channel Catfish are smaller than Blue and Flathead, but are also great for eating and are plentiful. The trip will begin at sundown and end at 11 pm during warm weather months.
    Types of fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Catfish
    Catfish
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Skipjack/White Bass
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - May 28
    US $100
    This trip will be for fishing below the Watts Bar Dam targeting Skipjack Herring, White Bass, or both. You can keep the fish following Tennessee State Regulations, or choose to deduct $2 per skipjack you catch and give to the captain from your trip cost. You will learn advanced strategies for harvesting the best catfish bait from waters known to produce the world's largest Skipjack herring. Other potential species caught using the same techniques include Smallmouth Bass, Freshwater Drum, etc.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Striped)
    Striped Bass
    Bass (Smallmouth)
    Smallmouth Bass
    Bass (White)
    White Bass
    Freshwater Drum
    Freshwater Drum
    Herring
    Herring
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Kingston Catfish (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $215
    Launching from Kingston City Park, 30 minutes prior to sunrise. 5 hour Excursion targeting large Blue and Flathead Catfish. Can Modify or extend hours as needed / desired.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Catfish
    Catfish
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Kingston Catfish (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $215
    Launching from Kingston City Park, 4 hours before sunset (approx 1 pm, depending upon time of year). 5 hour Excursion targeting large Blue and Flathead Catfish. Can Modify or extend hours as needed / desired including night fishing. Night fishing is quite effective during late summer and autumn.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Catfish
    Catfish
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Rockwood Catfish (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $215
    Launching from Tom Fuller Park, 30 minutes prior to sunrise. 5 hour Excursion targeting large Blue and Flathead Catfish. Can modify or extend hours as needed/desired.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Catfish
    Catfish
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Rockwood Catfish (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $215
    Launching from Tom Fuller Park, 4 hours prior to sunset (approx 1 PM depending upon time of year). 5 hour Excursion targeting large Blue and Flathead Catfish. Can Modify or extend hours as needed / desired including night fishing. Night fishing is quite effective during late summer and autumn.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Catfish
    Catfish
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Spring City (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $215
    Launching from Watts Bar Dam Boat Ramp above the dam, 30 minutes prior to sunrise. 5 hour Excursion targeting large Blue and Flathead Catfish. Can Modify or extend hours as needed / desired.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Catfish
    Catfish
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Spring City (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $215
    Launching from Watts Bar Dam Boat Ramp above the dam, or any other Watts Bar Boat Ramp, 4 hours prior to sunset (approx 1 pm). 5 hour Excursion targeting large Blue and Flathead Catfish. Can Modify or extend hours as needed / desired including night fishing. Night fishing is quite effective during late summer and autumn.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Catfish
    Catfish
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Tailwaters (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $215
    Launching from Watts Bar Dam Boat Ramp below the dam at Sunrise. 5 hour Excursion targeting large Blue and Flathead Catfish. Technique will be suspended and bumping. Can extend hours as needed / desired. May include catching fresh bait.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Catfish
    Catfish
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Tailwaters (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $215
    Launching from Watts Bar Dam Boat Ramp below the dam, 4 1/2 hours prior to sunset (approx. 1 PM depending upon time of year). 5 hour Excursion targeting large Blue and Flathead Catfish. Technique will be suspended and bumping. Can Modify or extend hours as needed / desired including night fishing. Night fishing is quite effective during late summer and autumn.
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Lake Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Drift Fishing
    Targeted fish
    Catfish
    Catfish
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Great fishing experience

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip – Kingston Catfish (PM) on June 7, 2024
My husband and I are on our Honeymoon and sure glad we picked Mark to be our Captain! He was very friendly, knowledgeable and...
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Denver T.
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Amazing Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip – Kingston Catfish (AM) on June 9, 2024
Captain Mark was amazing.  He did everything possible to put us on the fish.  The weather and water made it tough.  Our...
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Jason M.
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Had a ball

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Crossville Catfishing on June 6, 2024
Catfishing is definitely an acquired tase but when you do you will want to do it again. Mark was a awesome outfitter
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Jeffery T.
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Great Day Chasing Monster Cats

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Kingston Catfish (PM) on November 19, 2023
My 9 year old son and I had a great day out on Watts Bar Lake with Captain Mark. He is very knowledgeable, patient, and a great...
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Michele H.
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Great Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip – Kingston Catfish (AM) on June 13, 2024
Lots of fun and we caught some great fish!
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FAQs about Markybob Catfishing

Markybob Catfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $100 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Crossville Catfishing (4 hours)
  • US $100 per group - 4 Hour Trip – Skipjack/White Bass (4 hours)
  • US $215 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Kingston Catfish (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $215 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Kingston Catfish (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $215 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Rockwood Catfish (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $215 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Rockwood Catfish (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $215 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Spring City (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $215 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Spring City (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $215 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Tailwaters (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $215 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Tailwaters (PM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with Markybob Catfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Markybob Catfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Markybob Catfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Tennessee River)
  • Lake Fishing (Watts Bar and local lakes)

Markybob Catfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle (Both Baitcasting and Spinning heavy tackle)
  • Bottom Fishing (Anchor, spot lock fishing )
  • Trolling (Dragging)
  • Drift Fishing (Drifting (suspend) and Bumping)

Top targeted fish species with Markybob Catfishing include:
  • Bass (White)
  • Catfish
  • Flathead
  • Herring

Meet the Captain

Mark Filley
Kingston, Tennessee, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
8 Customer reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since October 2023
I am a US Navy combat Veteran and recently retired automotive engineer. I have been Catfishing for nearly 30 years, winning all 3 catfish tournaments I have entered. Over the past 10 years, I have taken numerous people, mostly friends, family, and neighborhood kids on guided Catfishing excursions, with many a smile and pictures taken with our local River Monsters. Over the past few years, with added electronics, higher-quality gear, and refined modern techniques, I have become a true Catfishing nerd. I will share as much (or as little) you want to know about my take on Catfishing during our excursion.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (White) White Bass
Catfish Catfish
Flathead Flathead
Herring Herring

Boat specs

Lowe (Pontoon) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2022. Powered by a 50HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 15 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Tennessee River
Lake Fishing
Watts Bar and local lakes

Fishing techniques

Heavy Tackle
Both Baitcasting and Spinning heavy tackle
Bottom Fishing
Anchor, spot lock fishing
Trolling
Dragging
Drift Fishing
Drifting (suspend) and Bumping

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
All children all ages welcomed!
You Keep Catch
Can keep if wanted, recommend smaller only
Catch and Release Allowed
Can release as desired.
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

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