- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 27, 2007

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The blue catfish guide, Tim Hagan, says cold weather actually is better than the summer months when it comes to finding entire schools of the powerful fish.

But fair warning: If you want one for the table (the smaller ones are delicious), he wants you to keep only those that weigh five pounds or less. All others are released to be caught another day. He hopes to turn the Potomac into a trophy blue “cat” fishery.

How much does it cost? — Hagan charges $200 a day for one person, $250 for two people and $300 for three anglers.

What kind of gear — The guide prefers to use his rods and reels, although he won’t mind if you bring a favorite outfit. Hagan has 7-foot medium/heavy Shakespeare rods that hold Ambassadeur 6000 level-wind baitcasting reels loaded with 40-pound-test Cajun Red Advantage line, tied to circle or Kaehle hooks in sizes 7/0 to 10/0.

Get in touch — Hagan’s cell phone, 301/418-3967, or his Web site, www.timhaganoutdoors.com, will put you in touch with the catfish specialist.

— Gene Mueller

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