Springtime in Virginia

May 9, 2016

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.

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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?

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Not five minutes later, I had back-to-back striper and another white catfish!

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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.

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The mummichog in this area were gorgeously coloured up, for spawning I presume.

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Ken and Pat’s advice to check downstream areas panned out and we eventually intercepted the shiners!

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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!

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2 thoughts on “Springtime in Virginia

  1. Michael Post author

    Thanks for the comment John! I would love to go back just for those snakehead, they are stunning fish… and I want a bigger one! =)


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