July 15th my wife and I decided to do a little Catfishing. Truth be told I decided and she chose to come along. Normally bait on this river is very hard to come by so I either bring my own frozen cutbait, buy goldfish, or get both. This time for some dumb reason I decided to buy 5 tubs of night crawlers and see what I could catch with just them. My wife was like you/we are only going to catch little cats with crawlers!!
I assured her that IF a big Catfish came up on a big glob of crawlers that it was game on!
First, we had to get the boat in the water.
First stop produced this massive cat! Now don't laugh it was cool catching this little guy who got a 7/0 hook in his mouth.
Was she right about we were ony going to catch little ones????????
We moved a few more times with not much luck. Our final stop had me put out all 3 rods.
All of the sudden and the spinner is smoking! after an Intense battle I finally subdued the beast by sticking my hand in her mouth and hoisting her aboard. My wife tried to net her numerous times and with her being a rookie on the net I was getting worried that that would cause me to lose this giant so that is why I lipped her.
I have included my you tube channel video of this catch but I will confess that this cat fought way better than the video suggest. I had to cut out a lot of the fight due to the reel just being in front of the camera and this massive cat splashed water on the lens so you couldn't see some of the fight due to it being blury .
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Dan River right on the North Carolina Virginia Border
Boat- Seras Gamefisher 1232
Motor- Mercury 2.5
Outfits- Shimano 6500 Baitrunner Loaded with 25 lb Shur strike line on a 7' Ugly stik Tiger rod, Abu Garcia 6500c loaded with 30lb Big game on a 7' Ugly Stik and a 7000c Abu loaded with 40 lb Red Cajun on an American Spirit Night Stik
Hook would be 7/0 Gamagatsu J and Circle hooks
Bait- Night crawlers on a 3 way rig