I normally post in the VA forums, but thought I would share this with everyone. I took my friends' 11 year old son catfishing with me yesterday. Everytime he sees me he asks me a million questions about fishing and catfish. So it was great to finally take him out. Got to his parents house a little late (he asked them if maybe I had forgotten about the trip, lol). Well, the day started out a little rough for me, I misplaced my drain plug from my previous trip and couldn't find it. But we headed out anyway the whole time I'm praying I can find a place on the way that sells one. Found a Wal-Mart and luckily they had one my size. We got on the water around 10:30am and hooked up with a friend who caught bait for us that morning so we wouldn't lose alot of fishing time trying to find bait. Set up on the first hole, marked tons of bait fish and good structure, but not a single bite. Second hole, nothing. By now it's pushing 1pm and I'm really worrying about this kid going home empty handed. We went upriver a bit and found some fallen timber near a creek mouth on an outgoing tide, bait fish in the area, and striper activity. So we set up, and get a few nibbles, but no takedowns. Around 2pm, far right pole slams down and I yell for him to grab it. The fight is on! This kid fights the fish like a pro and at the same time screaming how awesome this is, and five minutes later, he lands his first ever catfish! - and a Virginia Citation to boot! 33.5 lbs / 41.5" !!! I really don't know who was more excited about the fish, me or him! The kid seriously has a knack for cattin'. He saw me cut one shad, and he volunteered to cut the rest. And he was staying on me all day to swap out baits with fresh bait! And this is awesome - he caught a 10lber a little later. And after we got the hook out, we couldn't get a hand in the fish's mouth to hold him up for a picture. So he tried picking it up by its sides and it kept slipping. The fish had been out of the water for a while at this point, so he told me let's just let the fish go, I don't want to kill the fish for a picture! It was a memorable trip and it was great to take him!