That Cat in the Yak Catching a Cool Crowd of Catfish

Captain Larry Jarboe

Yesterday, I took advantage of a calm, relatively warm day in December to make a morning run to Mallows Bay on the Potomac.
The fog was just lifting as I launched the W500.

I canoe style paddled past the “Ghost Ship” and anchored in the flats just inside the river channel north of the mouth of Mallows Bay Creek. The incoming tide was as I had planned according to the Mayland DNR “Tide Finder” tables.
Pretty soon, I was hooking up and using my rubber boots to push the Blue Cats behind me which was in the forward “foc’scles” of the twin hulls.

Sliding the big cats past my legs was a challenge in the Wavewalk but would have been impossible in a cockpit style kayak. A SOT kayak would have capsized.

I looked back after catching a Baker’s Dozen of medium to big Blue Catfish and noticed the tips of my W500 front hulls were touching the surface of the river.

The tide was still coming in as I eased up the anchor and gingerly paddled home with a couple hundred pounds of catfish chilling in the cat-a-yak.

Got a bigger boat coming. A W700.

Fog on the river


25 lbs and 30 lbs catfish
25 and 30 lbs catfish


200 lbs of catfish
200 lbs of catfish – a boatload


a boatload of cat fish
Fishing cat hulls stuffed with catfish


Big one hooked


Another big one


“Ghost Ship” boat


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3 thoughts on “That Cat in the Yak Catching a Cool Crowd of Catfish”

  1. Unbelievable!! 😀 😀

    Larry, the W500 is definitely too small for you 😀

    Thanks for this great story,



    Wow, that’s a boat load of fish, and some good eating! 🙂

    Yep, you’re going to need a bigger yak!

    Congrats on the W700, can’t wait to see the next fishing adventure.

    Tight lines and MoPaddle Safe all.

  3. Jill Toler says:

    DUDE! What a trip, what a report. You are hardcore Cap’n.

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