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  1. Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
  2. Bethesda, MD
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Posted on August 28, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac Variety

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Gravelly Point

I generally have a plan when I go fishing. Today, the plan was to fish for bass along the grass edge in Washington Channel during low tide. The fish were cooperating. Using a Lucky Craft Pointer SP 78 jerkbait, I caught Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Striped bass -- mostly small, but one Largemouth was probably 2 lbs or better. What I didn't expect was to catch a white perch. I wasn't planning to fish for blue cats, but since I had some bait, I decided to give it a shot.

I anchored in the channel just upstream from Alexandria, near the "Danger" marker. I cut up the perch and put it on an 8/0 circle hook with a 2 oz sinker. Within 5 minutes, I had a fish on that was 60+ lbs. I fought it for about 20 minutes and just as I was grabbing it with my lip grip, it made one last shake and broke the line. I was using 30# shock leader, so it takes a pretty big fish to break the line. I fished for another hour or so and caught two more catfish, probably around 10 lbs or so and was almost ready to pack up when another big blue took the bait. After another 20 minute battle, I landed this one. I'm guessing it was probably 45-50 lbs.

It was another great day to be on the water. Driving back to the dock during sunset is one of the most pleasant experiences in the world. I don't think I will ever get tired of it. The river gets calm and the air is cool. The sky turns red and you can see the Capital and the Washington Monument in the distance. It is a great way to end the day. If there is a heaven, I hope it looks just like that so that I can savor every moment for eternity.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive, Largemouth Bass