Took the wife and daughter out tonight on a little excursion. Put in at 378 bridge and headed downstream about 10 min. to our favorite little beach. Set up shop and my wife began catching me bait. She ended up catching 20 perch, 2 of some kind of sunfish (they all look about the same too me), and one little little little catfish. So about 6:30 I baited up some rods and started fishing. Really had very little hope on the day, but kept the rods out anyway. Around 8 I pulled in a 3 pounder and then about 8:45 I was cleaning some things up since we were about to leave and I heard a splash and my wife about lost her mind telling me my rod was about to go in the water. I grabbed it and the fight was on. I haven't had a fight like this ever. I don't know if river catfish fight harder or if its just the current, but it was an awesome fight. I got it beach and got the scale, weighed in at 27 lbs. Not my actual pb, but it is my pb without a guide taking me to the fish. My wife and daughter wanted me to keep it, but I said no way. Just wish we had our camera, but hopefully I'll catch something even bigger soon. The only thing that sucks is when I popped the hook out somehow it managed to go down its throat and I couldn't get it back so I had to cut the line. I hate leaving hooks in fish. So summary 2 catfish caught on perch fillets, 27 and 3 lbs.