Catfish Programs Yield Big Fish

Over the last week I had the honor to work with kids from Cat's Cap (a summer program run through St. Catherine's School) and adults through the FlatOut Catfish program offered through DGIF.  Here are a couple of images from the two days of flathead fishing on the James River.

DGIF FlatOut Catfish program images.  Thirteen attendees, myself, Chris Dunnavant (DGIF Angling Ed Coordinator) and about a half dozen DGIF volunteers met at Pony Pasture for a day of instruction and fishing the river for flathead catfish. About 25 fish were landed with the biggest fish of the day being 27 pounds.  All photos on this page were taken by Capt. Mike.

Top Left:  Billy get hit in the face with the tail splash of a flathead cat.  After laughing it off, Billy grabbed that fish in the mouth and landed it for one of the attendees.

Top Right:  Michael, one of the volunteer instructors for the DGIF event, watches as a big catfish swims away after a perfect catch & release.

Right:  A happy FlatOut attendee with a nice flathead catfish.

Left:  Another happy wader from the FlatOut Catfish program sponsored by the DGIF.

Left, below:  Carol is all smiles holding her best fish of the day.  Not exactly sure of the size, but I'm guessing it was close to 20 pounds.  Nice fish Carol!!  Hope to see you out there on August 10, for Round II of FlatOut Catfishing on the James. 









Cat's Cap Summer Program images.  We me met at the Meadow and six at a time, myself and two Cat's Cap instructors worked with the kids attending St. Catherine's long standing summer camp called Cat's Cap.  All the kids had a great time and while not everyone caught one, atleast everyone was able to see, hold and marvel at these wonderful fish.  A number of them even kissed their fish before releasing them back into the river.  Here are a couple of images from the day.

Left:  Smiling girls.  These two were a part of a group of six girls that caught a heck of alot of big flatheads, including three that weighed 20 pounds or bigger.

Right:  A young man practices the art of "Thinking Fish".  This is his rendition of 'Thinking Fish', but in actuality, "Think Fish" means to picture yourself underwater, near your lure or bait and imagining all the activity around it.  The goal is to visualize as much as you can about the underwater surroundings, and when the fish hits your lure or bait, you'll be ready.

 Below, left:  Another happy camper.  This youngster caught her first fish, which happens to weigh 25 pounds.  As she reeled in the great fish with such ease, it was a total surprise to me that this was her first fish ever.  Good stuff.