It was my great pleasure to take out a veteran fisherman from NJ this weekend named Rick. When most people in the Richmond area were inside a warm house, we braved the cold to fish for some trophy blue catfish in the James River. I have to admit the even I was cold and most of you that know me, know that I spend just about every weekend on the water this time of year. The cold wasn't in degrees but the combination of the sub-freezing temps and wicked wind that would cut you like a knife.
Yet, not once did I hear Rick complain. When most people would have thrown in the towel mid-day, Rick toughed it out with me for 12 hours. His dedication was rewarded by landing the largest fish of his life. Rick will receive two citations from the Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries for a 38 and a 33 pound blue catfish. We caught several other fish during the day and another large fish(29 pounds), falling just a pound short of the citation limit.
I've sent Rick a Photo Release form and I hope to update this post soon with his results. Keep posted for the proving pictures.
Capt. Ralph Magee
Virginia Tidal Rivers Guide Service
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Well it's been a long time since I posted. That surely doesn't mean that I haven't been out on the water doing what I love. Working out of town doesn't leave much time for updates after I sneak off to the water. Yet, no excuses...I need to do better about getting some success stories out there. Starting to book up for early spring and I'm looking forward to competitively fishing the Pamunkey Mini Series again this year. Before you know it, spring will have sprung and the rivers will come alive awaking from their winter chill. Until then...the trophy blue catfish of our Virginia Tidal Rivers will keep us busy.
Last week I got out there with a couple of my regulars. Luckily the bait and the big cats both came out to play. Enjoy the photos of the boys doing what they do best...holding big cats and smiling pretty for the camera. All these fish were release to fight again.