Robert J. Bruce, Recreational Angler
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Posted on February 26, 2012 | Permalink
Potomac River Cats
Location: Potomac River
This day we decided to target big catfish hoping to top 50lbs. My good friend Jay Butler brought the center console to the Potomac, a 2 hour road trip for him. We could not get any bait in the gill net so we threw an 8 foot cast net and finally got some nice [gizzard] shad after four hours. We also caught two 10lb flatheads in the cast net mixed in with the shad. Hand in the cookie jar for sure! We set up in the mid-river area near Pohick and nabbed a 36 incher around 22lbs. The water was really low (four feet below high tide line) and exposed several rock piles Iíve never seen in 30 years on the river. Good idea to stay in marked channels on days like this. The wind laid down around 2pm and soon the rods started bending. We ended up with four more around 25lbs, one real nice 40 pounder, and, right when the tide was ebbing, we got our hog. Beautiful fishó46 inches long with a 31 inch girth. Fish weight calculator said 55.26 lbs. Another great day on the Potomac. Water temp was 46. Not bad for February.
DNR note: When gathering bait, please keep in mind that itís now illegal to harvest river herring in Maryland, Virginia and most other Atlantic Coast states.