Sea Lion that is. 500+ pounds of pure fish killing machine. . . Launched out of Elkhorn today, trolled the river, & fished behind the Sacramento airport for salmon. I'm really beginning to hate that launch ramp as it SEVERLY angles off on one side which means that my boat doesn't sit correctly on the trailer when I pull it out of the water. Took me 15 minutes, a rope tied to the back cleat, and a buddy on the dock to get it to center right. Enough of my problems. Trolled silvertrons and other assorted spinners for zero King Salmon today. We did come across a really odd scene however. Even though we are like 100 miles from the ocean, we spotted a BIG sea lion in the distance that was thrashing the water behind a wing dam. It was really making a commotion. We reeled up the poles and motored over to take a closer look. This damn thing had a big fish and was throwing it through the air and then retrieving it. I hate these things stealing fish from the ocean anglers and so I made the decision to become the predator and TAKE HIS FISH AS REVENGE! ! ! On the first attempt, I sat about 100 feet away and gunned the motor as soon as he flipped the fish through the air. That sea lion is a quick sucker and actually had time to get the fish and dive down before I got to him. We backed off and waited for him to reappear. . . He again surfaced in the distance and we inched closer. He again threw the fish, and it was FULL THROTLE straight at him. Strike two for the KG clan as the pig quickly retrieved his prize & dove back under with his catch. At this point I was a little mad and I told my partner to grab the big net as I wasn't going to miss a third time. I was either going to get the fish, or we'd have an angry sea lion. We took our time, staked him out, & snuck up as he was playing on the surface with his meal. We timed his throw just perfectly. He couldn't retrieve the fish fast enough and we scooped it up with the net as we were flying by at mach speed. VICTORY! ! ! ! And wouldn't you know it, the biggest channel cat I've seen come out of the Sacramento river belonged to a damn sea lion. It probably would have run 12 - 14 pounds if it still had the lower 1/2 of the body. And it was a female that was absolutely FULL of eggs. It's October, what's up with that? The trippiest part of the whole ordeal is that the fish was still alive. It was flexing it's gills, moving it's mouth, & trying to get air the entire time we had it in the boat. The little sucker chomped down on my fingers pretty hard when I was holding it by it's mouth. Note to self, don't mess with catfish from hell. It's a pretty bizzare experience when you're looking at & handling a mangled fish and it's still fully alive. All the internal organs were intact & the only thing preventing it from swimming away was sitting comfortably in the belly of the lion. Just because I could, I broke out the filet knife & got a big filet off each side of the fish to take home. Take that you freakin' sea lion! Oh yeah, this channel had 3 really BIG crawdads in it's stomach, pinchers & everything. Forgot my digital camera at home, so we had to take a few pics with the cell phone. No mammals were hurt in the making of this adventure. Tight lines & enjoy. . .