Last Friday Elijah, Landry and I decided to take the boat out on the Juniata to see if we could catch a stringer full of panfish. Of course, while we were out there, we’d stay a while after dark and see if there were any catfish around. As it turned out, the bluegill and rock bass were not cooperative. The bite was slow and the fist were mostly too small to be worth taking home.
Once it got dark, our bad luck continued with a number of dinky bullhead catfish. Then Landry’s rod bent over. By the time he got it up to the boat several minutes later, we knew it was a good fish. It turned out to be a 25.5 inch channel catfish, probably 7 or 8 pounds. After years of fishing the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River, my personal best catfish there is still just 24 inches, so Landry did pretty well for his second time out for catfish on that river.
Last Friday morning I took Landry and Camden down to Dam 5 on the upper Potomac River. The goal was to give Camden the opportunity to catch his first channel catfish. As usual, I had my camera on the tripod with the goal of making a video to remember it all by. On the first goal, we were successful. After pulling in a couple of very small catfish of 6 and 8 inches, he landed one about 18 inches long. Not huge, but decent for this section of river and by far the largest fish he had every pulled in.
However, all the video I captured had a major problem. I had the audio levels adjusted improperly on my new wireless mic, and all of the sound had severe clipping and distortion. Thankfully, I didn’t discover that problem until last night, so at least the disappointment didn’t diminish my ability to enjoy our camp-out on Friday evening.
Nevertheless, I’m still seething about the whole thing. I’m hoping I can throw together some clips, put some background music and narration to it, and have something to post here in the coming days. It won’t be as good as it should have been, but hopefully it will be something to remember it by. The most important thing is that the boys had a blast. Landry caught a couple of nice catfish as well.
EDIT: Here’s the result of my efforts to make a video without including the recorded audio.
Last night and this morning I took the boat out at the Falmouth boat launch below the York Haven dam. Elijah and Ben were along as well. We ended up with six fish total: I got four, Elijah two, and Ben got skunked.The two flatheads caught by Elijah were the largest at 6.5 pounds each. Pretty much all the action came on cut bluegill – not much on chicken liver or live bait. The water leave was about 4.2 on the Harrisburg gauge.
We recently spent a weekend at our annual family camp-out at Grand Lake St Marys in Ohio. As usual, we found some time to do a little fishing as well. This year the bullheads were out in force and usually finding our bait before the channel catfish had a chance. We did manage to catch two small channel catfish in addition to bullheads. One of those was caught on chicken liver and the other on one-half of a creek chub.
On our previous fishing trip to the Juniata River, Elijah caught most of the fish. But I got revenge last Thursday morning when we went after some catfish. He pulled out three bullheads. I got two suckers, one bullhead, and three channel catfish. The largest were 22″ and 24″. Not huge, but also not bad for this section of the Juniata. The other good thing is that most of the action came in the daylight so I was able to get some reasonably good footage.