Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Here's a dad who'll take his son fishing while others stay indoors

Mike and Noah Tomasik with tasty catfish
A few days ago, Lusby, Md., resident Mike Tomasik and his son Noah got into the blue catfish in the tidal Potomac River. After launching at the public boat ramp inside the Piscataway Creek, they didn't travel far before those tasty blue 'cats sampled the bait.

I'm not sure where the two dropped their baits, but a few years ago when I fished for blue catfish after launching at the Ft. Washington Marina, we lowered an anchor just outside the creek mouth where the water fell from 9 and 10 feet to 25 and 30 feet. The 'cats were there.

A young redfish, one of seven caught by Mike Tomasik
Mike also visited the warm water discharge at Chalk Point in the Patuxent River, again hoping for catfish, but look what he came up with. He found puppy drum! The little redfish wrapped their gums around pieces of cut alewife. Mike landed seven of them, all undersized, measuring between 16 and 17 inches long.  

Afterward, Ken Lamb at the Tackle Box in Lexington Park, said, "I guess the warm water (from the power plant) has made this possible way up here in the north."

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