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#1 Aug-18-07 1:16PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
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8-18-07, Potomac River (DC) report

Today I went out with the Maceo family…..

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….. to see if we could catch a few fish for the girls. We put in around 8 Am and headed over to the Washington Channel where we met up with Curly. The story was not good! He had caught a striper early and then a few catfish but the bite had slowed down....to nothing!

Well...we were there to fish so that we did!

We trolled deep at first using a deeper running lure than normal but we had no takers so we went to “old faithful”….the Rebel Jointed Spoonbill. I let the girls pick the colors and we were fishing in no time. It didn’t take long and one of the rods went down! Everyone scurried about and the fight was on with Carlos on the rod. After the battle, we boated a nice 2 pound channel cat!

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We spend a few minutes explaining the skin, whiskers, fins etc of a catfish so that the girls could learn a bit about what they caught.  After the lesson, back in the water he went and we were fishing again….for almost 2 hours!  We were not getting a bite so we were going to pick up and all of the sudden one of the rods got snagged! Wait a minute!! The snag is moving….FISH ON! We gave the rod to Alex and she fought the behemoth for a few minutes. I called for the net girl and Sophia came along side of me and netted a nice 8 pound blue cat! The high fives were flying! We had caught a nice fish!

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We decided to go for a boat ride and that we did. The wind and the boat traffic had the river all frothed up and we had a good time running through the waves….just like a roller coaster!

We got to the no wake zone at Memorial Bridge and we made a few passes around the Kennedy Center which has given up fish in the past. Sure enough, one of the rods goes down and Carlos proceeds to tell me we are snagged again. Sure enough, the snag moved and the rod was given to Sophia who proceeded to bring in a nice 3 pound blue cat!

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Mission accomplished! Both the girls caught fish and everyone had a great time.

At noon, we came in and called it a day. As we were putting our boat in, there were 7-8 boats (fishing, ski….you name it) going in….what a zoo!

We had a great day on the water….80 degrees…NO humidity, a little wind and a GREAT crew!

Ernie


Time to go fishin' again!

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