Anglers out for cats, pick up hybrid bass
Joel Keller of California and Jamie McCoy of McMurray are veteran river fishermen.
On any given day, they can be found fishing locations such as the Monongahela River at Maxwell or the Back Channel Dam on the Ohio River.
Maxwell is probably their favorite.
But after catching citation-sized smallmouths, walleye and sauger, along with legal-sized hybrid bass last year, the fishing has been much slower this season.
So much so that the two took to fishing for flathead catfish at night.
‘We caught a 15-pounder, plus some going 5-6 pounds,’ Keller said.
But recently, they had a change of luck.
It was midnight when Keller baited up with a cut-up sucker and made a long cast into the turbid water behind the lock.
‘As soon as it hit the current, something hit,’ Keller said.
And as soon as the California resident set the hook, McCoy had a hit on the same bait.
‘They were hybrid bass,’ Keller said. ‘Mine was about 22-24 inches long with a heavy girth. Jamie’s was 20-22.’
Both hybrid bass were released without measuring.
Keller feels the Mon River’s lackluster fishing this year can be attributed to unfavorable water conditions.
is a former freelancer.