Went to the Lower James to do some blue catfishing on friday night. Had one of my best friends, Tim with me, and another good buddy Bobby. My good bud had never caught anything over 15lbs, so my goal was to put him on a monster. (Little did he know, he would soon quadruple his lifelong record.)
Very, very slow night. One of the slowest that I have seen in a while. We had three bites from 6:30pm to 2am. Three!! Luckily, the first one was #59. That rod hung over so hard I just knew it was a hog. I saw it bend over and my buddies were bs-ing, and in a casual voice, I told Bobby, hey look behind you, there goes your next biggest fish.
Man he fought that fish for 5-6 minutes and it worked him from bow to stern 4 times before he got it in. At one point the line slacked up and he sain NOOOOO, I lost it. I said no you didnt man, reel up the slack!!!! Luckily the fish was still on. I tell people all the time, these fish will swim toward the boat, then drop straight down and break you off. When you see them slack up and head toward the boat you HAVE to either bear down on him and hold your ground, or bring the rod around the front or back of the boat.
We went at night. I caught the shad off the docks at the marina while they put the boats in. Yes they have been before. I'm planning to go again later on in the year
If it was off the docks you must have been throwing on lights? We caught a ton of bunker and shad last run. The big bait is all up in the cutaways right now. My biggest shad was huge!! Maybe around 16" or so