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Sep 13, 2021 23:27:59   #
DCGravity Loc: Fairfax, VA (by way of Cleveland OH)
 
Son and his buddy catching cats out of the Potomac just below Arlington Memorial Bridge on West Potomac Park--first morning pulling out some nice channels, next day after dusk, some nice blues. Same spot. What was more interesting were the land characters that stopped by, esp. at night. Well, that's DC for ya.







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Sep 13, 2021 23:31:36   #
Sinker Rig Loc: Tampa area
 
Good stuff......

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Sep 14, 2021 00:22:46   #
Spiritof27 Loc: Lincoln, CA
 
Nice. Thanks for the photos. You know what they used for bait?

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Sep 14, 2021 05:26:33   #
bknecht Loc: Northeast pa
 
DCGravity wrote:
Son and his buddy catching cats out of the Potomac just below Arlington Memorial Bridge on West Potomac Park--first morning pulling out some nice channels, next day after dusk, some nice blues. Same spot. What was more interesting were the land characters that stopped by, esp. at night. Well, that's DC for ya.


Tell your son and his buddy… boys, you got some really nice cats. You must have taught them well DC, those smiles tell all.

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Sep 14, 2021 06:54:19   #
DCGravity Loc: Fairfax, VA (by way of Cleveland OH)
 
Spiritof27 wrote:
Nice. Thanks for the photos. You know what they used for bait?


Bluegill chunks and hot dogs.

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Sep 14, 2021 08:20:08   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
Great to see young people interested in fishing! Looks like the big bruiser came out after dark...but those daytime cats are equally impressive! Thanks for posting the outing!

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Sep 14, 2021 08:33:54   #
Wv mike Loc: Parkersburg area. Wv
 
Nice catch

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Sep 14, 2021 09:30:33   #
flyguy Loc: So. Padre Island, TX. 1 & 2, & S.E. MN. 3-12
 
DCGravity wrote:
Son and his buddy catching cats out of the Potomac just below Arlington Memorial Bridge on West Potomac Park--first morning pulling out some nice channels, next day after dusk, some nice blues. Same spot. What was more interesting were the land characters that stopped by, esp. at night. Well, that's DC for ya.


Thanks for sharing, DCG.

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Sep 14, 2021 10:28:09   #
DCGravity Loc: Fairfax, VA (by way of Cleveland OH)
 
Wv mike wrote:
Nice catch


Thanks WV Mike - unlike the ones up in your neck of the woods, cats out of this part of the Potomac sadly are too toxic to keep & cook.

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Sep 14, 2021 11:37:50   #
Pixiedog456005 Loc: Maryland
 
Sorry to disagree on the water being toxic. That was over 28 years ago. Now these waters are some of the most pristine on the east coast. These are my home waters and play ground. These cats are delicious 😋 and healthy.

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Sep 14, 2021 12:42:09   #
DCGravity Loc: Fairfax, VA (by way of Cleveland OH)
 
Pixiedog456005 wrote:
Sorry to disagree on the water being toxic. That was over 28 years ago. Now these waters are some of the most pristine on the east coast. These are my home waters and play ground. These cats are delicious 😋 and healthy.


Hi PD-no doubt above Little Falls Reservoir I would string any keepers, but below that I'm a little more hesitant. The attached advisory came with a District fishing license. Limits consumption of channels and bullheads to 1 serving per month and blues at 3.

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Sep 15, 2021 07:15:53   #
Pixiedog456005 Loc: Maryland
 
Being over fished, limits set not due to pollution.

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Sep 20, 2021 00:28:44   #
DCGravity Loc: Fairfax, VA (by way of Cleveland OH)
 
Pixiedog456005 wrote:
Being over fished, limits set not due to pollution.


Pixie - except that advisory link is about PCBs. The following excerpt is from a recent Potomac Conservancy article: "Rebounding fish populations are great for recreational fishing, but contaminants in the Potomac’s waters make many fish unsafe for human consumption. Washington, DC recently advised against eating locally-caught striped bass, one of the most popular catches for local anglers and Maryland’s state fish." Elsewhere in the article it mentions catfish populations, esp. flatheads as skyrocketing, so I don't think they're being overfished.

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