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Catfish Paradise by Mary Syrett

the catfish. Despite an ability to grow to immense size and a willingness to devour many different kinds of bait, “cats” are accorded respect by too few anglers. Sure, catching a 30-pound striped bass is fun – but catching a 30-pound catfish is even more fun, in the opinion of many people. And on various Tidewater waterways, given the excellent catfish habitat to be found, catching a 30-pound cat isn’t all that difficult. Furthermore, a tasty bonus comes

Sometimes the best way to stay unnoticed is to go along quietly, minding your own business – more or less in front of everybody. This is a tactic used by some of Chesapeake Bay’s biggest, tastiest fish that hug the bottom of rivers, ponds and lakes and, by doing so, stay largely out of sight. If more anglers knew what delicious creatures lurk in waters here, there might well be a run on fishing tackle at sporting goods stores. The creature I am referring to is

The lovely bullhead catfish. 37

March 2012 Tidewater Times  

March 2012 Tidewater Times

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