Chuck Grove, Recreational Angler
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Posted on April 27, 2010 | Permalink
Maryland's Trophy Blue Catfish
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.