Robert Bruce, Recreational Angler
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Posted on December 10, 2012 | Permalink
Potomac Catfish Report
Location: Potomac River
On 12/8/2012 I fished with my good friend and fellow Steamfitters Local 602 member Shane Buckles. Shane fishes the tidal Rappahannock catching mainly channel cats and largemouth. I told him that I could show him some monster Blue Cat’s on the Potomac and he was excited to try. We launched at Pohick and set our net for bait. It didn’t take long to get a cooler full of beautiful threadfin/gizzard shad about 12 inches long. We anchored in the main river near Marshall Hall in about 25 feet of water. We saw plenty of fish but no takers. The floating driftwood was a real problem, requiring constant attention to our 6 rods to avoid snagging these large pieces of driftwood which had washed into the river from the full moon/high tides. We moved to about 53 feet of water and set our rods again. We caught our first fish soon after, a nice 36 incher that was around 25 lbs. Then, 2 rods went down at the same time. Shane fought his into the net and I landed mine by hand (I have never “noodled” but this was very close). After some loud yells of victory we carefully measured both fish with my Tailors tape measure. Shane had a nice one that was 47 inches long with a 31 inch girth (approximately 63 lbs). Mine measured an impressive 49 inches long with a 34 inch girth (approximately 80lbs). Both fish were caught on 30 lb test and were released because I did not have my deer processing equipment with me! I cannot wait to get back on the water for some more “Potomac Tuna”.