Right, so I just posted today that the bite down at the river was slow... heh. Well, the nibbles down at the river were fast and furious and there was one fish that took a 12" steel leader, one of my good lazer-sharp hooks and a 1.5 oz bell sinker with it when it blew the knot off the end of my 30# Spider Wire. I don't know if I could have even gotten it up onto the landing if I'd managed to hang on to it.
The one I did manage to get in was 3#8, 22", on chicken liver with a catfish hook, in about 7 feet of water casting south off the 57th street landing. This is the 6th or 7th 3#+ channel I've heard of or seen (one was well over 5) coming out of the river in that spot, and it seems to have gotten better for big cats (while the overall catfish catch has declined a bit).
Anyway, here's a pic:
I'll say this: While they are more like catching a huge bullhead than anything, dragging a 3.5# fish 100 yards against the current from a landing 20' off the water is an interesting test of your gear and your determination.
A funny thing happened down at the river... - - -
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