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Posted on November 26, 2012 | Permalink

Blue Cat Lessons Learned

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River and Spring Fed Pond

On Monday, Nov. 12, sixteen invasive blue catfish were removed from the Potomac River and tributaries ecosystem by yours truly. The stolen 68 quart Coleman cooler from the Great Election Day Catfish Caper has been replaced by a 100+ quart Igloo cooler.

Mike Henderson of Buzz's Marina gave me the mega-cooler collecting dust in a shed. The old Igloo needed serious repair to the right side and handle. A big glop of body putty with some stainless thru-bolts and it works fine. But, it is a lot harder to fill up!

A week later, Brian Easter and I filled that big cooler with 18 big blue cats. Here are some blue cat lessons learned so far:

  1. Fish a moving tide anchored ahead of structure.
  2. Find fresh bait. Cut fish like alewives, mud shad, and/or bluegills.
  3. For big cats, use 8/0-10/0 circle hooks and let them hook themselves.
  4. Chain that cooler full of cats to the bed of your truck or lock it in the car trunk.

On Thanksgiving and Black Friday, I fished a southern Maryland spring fed pond for chain pickerel for a fish fry. Caught some bass as well but only kept the gut hooked one. I'll save the pickerel bone picking trick for another post to include Peter Piper. The proof is in the pics.

Tags: blue catfish, chain pickerel