Fishing Report Another Once in a Lifetime Fish

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    I know like military intelligence, right?

    I hit the Georgetown Area of the Potomac River for Blue Cats again on Friday the 27th with my two nephews and brother trying to get them all a monster. Well it almost worked, my older nephew grabbed the lucky rod and landed a 53 pound Blue Cat and we caught a few more small eater size 5-12 pounds. My younger nephew and brother tag teamed on one that eventually broke the 50# leader at the knot. I promise you that fish was equally big.

    On Saturday I finished taking care of the stupid Christmas lights, like working on trailer lights, never easy and raked some leaves for my dad. I still had the gumption to go back out on Sunday, since the Ravens were off and in obvious stupid mode.

    I hit the Georgetown area again and on the first anchor, landed a 33 pounder and some smalls and moved. I caught a 31 and nothing else and just as I was bringing in the rods and reaching for the last rod, the line started moving.

    Pulling back on the circle hook it felt good, but halfway to the surface of 40' +/- minus water, he realized he was hooked. After 2-3 hard runs and some tug of war a big fish came to the surface. I got him in the net and saw that massive head and thought "yeah really nice fish". That was until I tried to lift it over the side. On the third try, he flopped on the deck and I realized I had another once in a lifetime fish.

    81 pounds of trophy catfish. Yes, that is on a scale!! I use a folded tarp that I have strings tied to each corner to weigh the big fish. Keeps them from being suspended vertically.

    I say another one because almost exactly 2 years ago I caught one estimated in the mid 80 range, because I only had a 50 pound scale at the time. It was after that fish that I bought a 110 pound scale.

    The foggy picture in coveralls is the first fish from 2019, the other 3 from Sunday. I am still shooting for three digits!!

    Chris

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    Wow , what a monster Cat. Congrats.
    They say that life's a carousel - spinning fast, you've got to ride it well.

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    Congratulations. That is a huge fish. And you landed it by yourself, which must have been an effort.

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    Holy Crap! That is a monster. Largest I have ever seen. Good luck with the 100 Lb.

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    Chris- Definitely a denizen of the deep!! Congrats. Do you keep them when they're 40+ #s? If so, what are some things found in stomach? Are you a cut fish 4 bait angler? Thanks in advance-

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    Nice fish, congrats.

    Mike

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    That's a helluv a fish. Nice going, and thanks for posting. What were you using for bait? Gizzard shad?

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    If you keep that up Chris, you're gonna need a bigger boat!
    Congrats!

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    Wow. Great report. You’re going to drive Gary nuts on this one. Is that an unofficial record?

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    Oh boy, that is a biggun - congratulations!

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