Two days ago, it rain, so the river was swollen and a bit muddy today. I fished from 7:45 AM to 11:45 AM. It was 68 to 75 degrees and sunny. The river was flat for most of the morning, and it was very sunny. A breeze came up around 10:45, which was a relief from the sun’s rays.
My rig and bait were the usual: 1 rod with 15-pound line and another strung with 20-pound. A size 1 pyramid sinker was at the end and the bait was positioned 12- to 18-inches higher on a 12- to 18-inch” Palomar knotted line. (This is a simple method, but it does produce twisted lines, especially after dragging a catfish in.)
I positioned myself a little upstream on the DC side of the river, and a little below the shore flat where so many guys fish. I had no luck there, so I moved a little over half across the river and a touch down-river. As soon as I cast I got a hit on the drum, which produced the first 20-inch blue catfish. Then it went quiet for more than an hour. I moved down river a bit and a little more toward the Virginia shore. That was pay dirt. I’d cast down river but toward the center of the river, and the under-current pulled my line directly down river of the boat. The hits on hot dog were fast—they came within 1 to 5 minutes of casting. (Leaving a rod to sit for a longer stretch produced nothing.)
I caught 6 blue catfish, 5 of which bit on hot dog and the first of which went for Spot (Drum?) tail. All were 18- to 20-inches, except for one 12-inch pipsqueak catfish.