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    Default Still no Severn pickerel but...

    John Rench and I visited the Severn at mid-morning today. The tide was high and falling.

    John set out for stripers and I was determined to find that rare catch -- the Severn pickerel that has eluded me for 11 consecutive months now.

    I used two proven pickerel catchers:

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    1/8 oz. jig spinners, recently poured, painted and assembled.

    Then I targeted textbook pickerel areas like these:

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    Quiet, shaded water with no ripples on the surface and each had downed wood and/or structure nearby -- the perfect pickerel homestead.

    But no pickerels were home. Instead 7 white perch intercepted my lures along with a 14 inch striper. Nothing remarkable.

    Then I got a hard hit on the jig spinner with the paddletail. I thought I had found my elusive goal. It felt heavy like a sizeable pickerel but it failed to break the surface and go airborne like pickerels often do. This fish dug for deep water and it pulled my kayak through the water too. When I finally got a glimpse of it I saw why:

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    It was a chunky channel catfish, my first Severn cat, in fact.

    But there's more. About an hour later in a completely different albeit similar spot, since I was still searching for a pickerel, I caught another catfish. This one was bigger than the first one:

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    The light jig went deep into the fish's bony jaw. It took me a while to extract it but the fish swam away no worse for the wear. However, there will be no more fish caught on this jig:

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    It's headed back to the melting pot.

    And I'll be headed back to the Severn as soon as I can still searching for a pickerel. Eventually, I will find one.
    Mark

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    Nice job on the surprise catch. For some reason, we are seeing fish showing up in unexpected spots in this late summer/early fall period.
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    Very nice catches despite not finding any Pickerel something is definitely off. It will make for a long winter if no Pickerel emerge.

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    I love surprises... glad you got some today :-)

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    This is a poor picture, but this was my pickerel from Weems last Friday. I'm not sure why he bled so much. Single hook on a little mepps spinner. He was sluggish but he did swim away, I hope he recovered. There is, or at least was, one there.

    Nice catfish, ny wife would have kicked me out if I let them go. Good luck in your quest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azmdted View Post
    He was sluggish but he did swim away, I hope he recovered. There is, or at least was, one there.
    Yes, I hope your pickerel survived. I haven't seen a pickerel in any Severn tributary since last November. That means I also caught none in the Severn last winter and spring despite numerous attempts. Their scarcity is not unusual in the summer but usually I catch a few during the warmer months when targeting white perch. They occupy the same areas of the river. That did not happen while hooking hundreds of white perch this year. Although it was hot today, I was hoping our recent cool spell might have energized the picks.

    But the channel cats did indeed surprise me. How odd to catch two when I had never caught them in the Severn before.

    The only thing predictable about fishing is its unpredictability.
    Mark

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    As Mark mentioned, I was after Stripers in Weems this morning. I was using a 3/8 white buck tail with a 3" white paddletail and a 3/8 red jig with a 3" chartreuse paddletail. I paddled both ends of Weems, the water level was high so I went all the way to the back. Ended up with 2 18", both on the Bucktail. Later I changed the jig for a 4" Rapalla. I got another 2 18" below the bridges. Also landed abt a dozen small white perch. Nice morning, but around noon it started getting hot, so we decided to head back to the launch.
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    Speaking of surprises, Kiko (Ernie) and I fished some Severn creeks on Monday seeking jumbo perch. Caught some nice ones including one @ 11.75. The surprises were seven 8" specs several little stripers, a small croaker two channel cats and a 10" flounder.
    On the way back to the launch we tried a normally good pickerel spot for species number 7 but it was a no go. This was a boat trip, but still interesting

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    Catfish on a lure??!! I have heard that it can occur, but you are the first person that I've know that has actually done it. Very nice!


    BTW: I launched my lazy bones today at around 5:30-ish. I was so excited about fishing, that I barely slept last night. I could feel in my in my bones that 'today'... was the day I was going to catch something big..........



    Well, I fished till 10:00 and got skunked. Not keepers, no small-ies, no bites... Nothing....... But, had a good time I meet EMSER (Bruce) and his friend and learned some good techniques from him.


    But, next time I go out........ I'll get into the record books!!!


    Best Regards,
    Stan
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    I caught this catfish on a fire tiger lure in the Potomac at Hains Point last year I was totally shocked that a catfish went after it.

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