I'm relatively new at fishing in the Northern Virginia area, but last night was probably the best time I've had so far. I've been fishing on the James a few times, and of course caught a few monsters, but last night was the first time we (my fishing buddy and I) hooked a 50+ blue. Our scale went to 50 pounds, but the fish topped out the scale. It started out relatively slow after we got out on the water at about 7pm. We didn't catch anything until after midnight. Gradually the fish got bigger, going from a few 1-2 pound catfish, to a few 4-5 pounders. Later in the night, I hooked into a 10 pounder and thought that would round out the night as relatively successful. About an hour later I hooked a 22 pounder and was totally satisfied. But then my buddy hooked into something big. I thought he was kidding at first, but when I saw the fish pulled along side my 14.5 foot boat, I became a believer in the saying "we're going to need a bigger boat." The net we had was good size, being able to handle the 22# I caught, but this one was simply too big. The handle broke and the fish could not fit in the net. I stuck my hand in the fish's mouth and barely got him in the boat. We tried to weigh him on the 50 pound scale but he topped it out. Wow. I had a great time. Is there anyone else out there that fishes this area? I'm curious as to how the fishing usually is, since the James is the big cat hot spot in VA.