Was the maiden voyage of my 'catfishing' canoe. Now if a canoe on a river in the middle of night doesn't sound too easy... You're right it isn't.:smile2: I have been eyeing the confluence of the major local river and a small river. Access has always been difficult espacially at night... The police scans the park on the confluences shore and keeps away the fishermen. So it was natural to wonder if my canoe could make something of the this spot, that was like 2 miles from my house. I spent the first hour or so, trying to untangle the anchor line! from there I tried drift fishing with some worms; nothing except for the occasionally skipping of the crawler over the rocks. upon coming into the major flow, I was no longer touching bottom. Clearly time to set anchor. Spent the next hour methodically removing removing weeds as the line swung into some deep submerged weeds. :confused2: Well after while with nothing, I decided that the fish must be closer to the shore. This Was not such a good idea. I got into snags big time. snagging 20# test in a canoe is more than frustrating.. cause when try to pull it out, you find yourself moving the canoe more than pressuring the line. and so you can picture this, right? dark night, in a heavily laden canoe two rods with me tugging on one, trying to get it free and causing the canoe to wildly swing one and then the other!:angry: I was SO lucky I didn't tipp it in a couple hours... but to be fair a couple weak bites. Ok, I deduced.. I was on the right track but was just too far into the cover. Can I find a place with some current, some depth rather near the shore without excessive snags. Well, on the other side of the eddy, closer to where the two rivers meet...perhaps there flood waters of the encoming river would clear out any snags... it was a good deduction. A few times convinced me that though I was still dragging the carolina rigs as the canoe slowly swung in the current, there wasn't anything bad enough down there to catch... finally, a small little tapping. happened once, twice then after a break a bigger tug. It was then or NEver. And YES! I wasn't going to get skunked. :smile2: the fight seesawed, a little with at first the fish feeling a little small, than a later surge that spoke of a hefty weight. A catfish for the Net and Almost certainly, I thought confidently a catfish heavy to enter into my states Bragging channel catfish contest (7#+). Well, when I got it into the light.. I'll admit I was dissapointed. :angry:this was an obese catfish FOR sure but it was only a rather humble 22" long? I've got longer-- but I'm sure I caught no heavier, with the fat gut. My el-cheapo walmart scale though refused to confirm what I though had to be 6+# fish. The scale calls it 5# 9oz. With a girth of 15" and a length of 22" most weight estimators go around 6#3 to 6#6. Perhaps not the biggest catfish in PA, But I'm fishing the upper reaches of the river and the catfish run alittle smaller; its my PB. I payed some hairy dues to get it.