On Saturday, April 2nd, I had the opportunity to participate in the 2nd Annual Blue Catfish tournament at Smallwood State Park MD. The tournament was hosted by the Central Maryland Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association. Prizes included a custom rod, $500 cash, Engel Coolers and custom CCA fishing rods. Participants had the opportunity to fish from the shore, kayak and boat for various prizes.
Up for grabs during the tournament was a $5000 bounty sponsored by Bass Pro Shops for the angler who could potentially break the current state record Blue Catfish at 84.28 that was caught back in 2012.
Unfortunately for anglers, the weather did not cooperate at all. Temps in the mid 40’s and SW winds at 20+ mph with rain slowed the catch rate considerably.
Personally, I had engine problems and my partner and I ended up fishing near the main channel of the Potomac River.
The combination of the weather and engine problems kept me from getting to the prime Blue Catfish areas. We caught plenty of Blue Catfish, however, nothing to brag about or even weigh-in. The highlight of the day was a bit of needed sunshine and this 2ft eel and an extremely small White Perch ; )
The top weight for the boater division for 3 catfish was at 50lbs, 28lbs for the kayak division and no fish for the shore anglers. A great event to raise funds for CCA Maryland and hopefully the weather and my engine cooperate for next year!
Joe, The National Angler