After a late dinner with the group, the next morning we set up for white catfish. These fish truly are a rarity, so the fact that Pat and Ben had caught two of them at this spot was very exciting. After an already successful species-hunting trip, they would truly be a remarkable bonus. We set up two rods each, two with worms and two with cut bait.
A striped bass came to say hello.
What happened next was absolutely ridiculous. After a few white perch catches, I had a stronger take on my worm-baited rod. As I reeled the fish in, I thought it was a strange-looking channel catfish so I called for the net. George netted the fish and immediately had a take on his cut-bait rod. I didn’t have time to take my catfish out of the net so I scooped George’s catfish in with mine.
We walked back to examine what we had. They were bullhead-like, with all-white whiskers and rounded anal fins. Two white catfish. Two white catfish, back-to-back, scooped in the same net. These fish are rare?
Not five minutes later, I had back-to-back striper and another white catfish!
George and I were in disbelief. What an incredible and completely unexpected species to add to our lists.
As high tide approached, the bite slowed and George and I had some extra time to revisit the spot for shiners. The water had cleared substantially. Still, all I found were mummichog and redbreast sunfish.
The mummichog in this area were gorgeously coloured up, for spawning I presume.
Ken and Pat’s advice to check downstream areas panned out and we eventually intercepted the shiners!
What a great way to finish off a trip that, despite the weather being fully against us, completely panned out! White catfish were an immense bonus that I will not soon forget. Huge thanks to Pat once again for guiding us this weekend!