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Posted on October 19, 2010 | Permalink

Trophy Blue Cats

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Potomac River

October means Trophy Catfish time in the Potomac River

I had the pleasure of having my cousin, Dave, from Ohio and my good friend from my hometown in Pennsylvania, Whitey, join me for a weekend of fishing on the Potomac River just south of D.C. I took Friday off work to catch bait and it was a good thing I did...it took 6 hours to catch 7 Gizzard Shad, but that would have to do. They arrived Saturday morning around 7:30 and we were on the water by 8:00. The weather was supposed to be really windy and it was all that and more...whitecaps and three foot waves were the norm on Saturday but my 170CC Triumph handled it well even though I had to put two anchors out the front of my boat just to keep it in one spot.

More importantly, we caught some big fish with the largest of the weekend coming in at 57 lbs. I truly believe this fish was over 60lbs but we couldn't get an accurate weight due to the boat rocking.

We managed to put over 100 lbs of fish in the boat on Saturday and then again on Sunday morning.

All in all we had a great time with everyone catching quality fish. We laughed so hard, ate too much and got soaked from all the waves...a perfect weekend. I think I have two new Trophy Catfish converts on my hands...they're already talking about the next trip.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive Species

Posted on April 27, 2010 | Permalink

Maryland's Trophy Blue Catfish

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

This time of year everyone’s attention is turned to Striped Bass, but I want to tell you about the other world class trophy fish that calls Maryland home…the Blue Catfish. Attached you will find a picture of the 61 lb 13 oz (IGFA Certified Scales) Blue Catfish that I caught on April 26, 2010 in the Potomac River. I had launched my boat out of Leesylvania State Park, VA at daybreak and caught bait (Gizzard Shad) fairly quickly. By 7:00 a.m. I was anchored over a favorite drop off and baited four rods. The first fish to the boat was less than 2 minutes later, a scrappy 15 lb Blue Catfish. The next fish was the large one in the photo…about 45 minutes after the first one. This fish had gotten wrapped up in another line, got wrapped around my propeller, and tangled in my anchor line during the 10 minute battle. After finally getting the net under it, it took two hands and a lot of effort to lift it into the boat…that’s when I realized just how big it was. Since I was by myself, I had to set my camera on the timer to get the picture…that alone took three tries before I could get a decent shot. Other Blue Catfish caught that day weighed at 25, 35, 30, 23, 17 and 37 pounds. What a fantastic fishery we had in the Potomac River.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Gizzard Shad

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