August Fishing Sessions: 08/11 - Fishing for Channel Catfish Using Cut American Eel (Philadelphia, PA)

Hello, Blog Readers!

Here is my fishing report for August 11th:

--- August 11th, 2015 ---

Location: Tidal Schuylkill River (Philadelphia, PA)
Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 1 American Eel (Anguilla rostrata)
-- 2 Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)


Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

Fishing starts at 7:50. Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p50)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing. More likes and more subscribes = more videos in the future. :)


The goal for the day was to catch some Catfish on the Schuylkill River -- either Channel or Flathead (Pylodictis olivaris).


I used two rods for this fishing session. The first setup consisted of a Cortland Endurance 9' noodle rod with a Shimano Symetre 4000FL and 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. The second setup was a heavy action Daiwa Samurai rod + reel with 50lbs Power-Pro braided line. The first setup consisted of a high-low rig: two snelled #4-#6 Eagle Claw j-hooks on a three way swivel (about 1 foot apart from each other) and a 2 oz. river sinker on the bottom. The second setup consisted of a 2 oz. egg sinker, a medium sized Eagle Claw golden snap-swivel, and a snelled 7/0 Gamakatsu octopus hook. For bait, I used mainly cut Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and American Eel.


It's a very short summary, since it was a very boring fishing session! The idea was to attempt the tidal Schuylkill River for Catfish around the South Street Bridge, since it rained earlier in the day. The Philly River Cast website's current gauge increased by about 1000 cfs, which was considerable considering that we didn't have rain for a good while! 

My expectations were very high; however, the fishing session turned out to be horrible. It was an "all-slow" night and I finished with only an American Eel and two average Channel Catfish -- nothing bigger than 3lbs.  

Hopefully my next fishing session on the Schuylkill River will be better! 


Below are the photos for this fishing session:

This little fella was the only photo worth taking! Hah. That's how bad the session was. :)

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.


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