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Offline millwright

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Catfish
« on: March 28, 2009, 12:24:01 AM »
Most creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds have catfish. They are easy to catch and usually top-shelf dinner. You can use trot lines, jug lines and other passive methods to catch them. ***CAUTION!!! USING A ROD AND REEL MAY CAUSE HANGOVERS***    If you have a small pond they can be farmed for a regular harvest.
There are regional tips that should be shared.

"There is more than one way to skin a cat"
The difference between a catfish and lawyer??  --- one is a scum sucking bottom feeder and the other is a fish.


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Re: Catfish
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2009, 07:43:25 AM »
Do you use the stink bait, or other traditional stuff like worms?

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2009, 11:29:28 PM »
I normally use chicken livers, fresh if possible, the frozen ones don't stay on the hook as well. Cheese bait works well too, it can be kept in a cool place and wont go bad for quite some time. I've had the best luck with "Bills cheese bait" it comes in a mayo. jar. Use a piece of real sponge about the size of a grape, on a #2 gold shiner hook with a split shot about a foot above. Just dip it in the cheese and cast it and let it settle to the bottom. Use the same rig for livers. You can cut livers with a sharp knife and get several usable pieces out of one liver.
You will find that lake and river catfish don't have the muddy taste of farm raised fish.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 07:44:49 PM »
I have done a fair amount of cat fishing. I agree that chicken liver is a good choice if you can keep it on a hook. I use a piece of ladies hose to hold the liver together and keep it on a hook.

In our area Flat Head, Blue, and Channel cats prevail. We use any kind of cut bait as a rule. I have found that in river or lakes that have fresh water supply that live bait works better on Flat Heads. Blues respond well to live or dead bait.

For live bait we use herring, crappie, and bluegills. We use the same for cut bait. We cut the bait fish across the gills and fillet one side about 3/4 of the way to the tail.

The size fish you catch sometimes correlates to the size bait you start with.

I also agree that river cats and freshwater lake cats are better table fare than pond or farm raised.

One thing about using bait or game fish for catfish bait is that you will be using food to fish with. In a survival situation this may not be good order. In a survival situation where every ounce of fresh protein could be critical, it may be better to go with the fish oil soaked fake bait. You can also use a mixture of cotton seed meal and grits mixed with sweet stuff and or fish oil to make a dough ball. Dough balls work well on trot lines and jugs since no casting is involved and the dough can be stuck on the tip of the hook. It will stay on the hook better this way than with casting.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2009, 06:30:19 AM »
liver works good but i've been able to catch the cat fish w/o bait. i've found a cove where they like to hang out and just dropped the hook in front of they're mouth. sad for them but it's good for me! LOL. you have way better chances if you have bait though.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2009, 08:53:11 AM »
What kind of water do catfish like?  I was thinking of stocking my pond with some.  The pond is fairly about 15' deep and 50'x30' around.  It gets a constant flow of fresh water 6 months out of the year.  I'm located in the Pacific NW.  How would catfish do in these conditions?

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2009, 07:36:27 AM »
What kind of water do catfish like?  I was thinking of stocking my pond with some.  The pond is fairly about 15' deep and 50'x30' around.  It gets a constant flow of fresh water 6 months out of the year.  I'm located in the Pacific NW.  How would catfish do in these conditions?

catfish thrive in almost all enviroments

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2009, 08:04:42 AM »
Catfish (order Siluriformes) are a very diverse group of bony fish. Named for their prominent barbels, which resemble a cat's whiskers (though not prominent in all members of this order), catfish range in size and behavior from the heaviest, the Mekong giant catfish from Southeast Asia and the longest, the wels catfish of Eurasia, to detritivores (species that eat dead material on the bottom), and even to a tiny parasitic species commonly called the candiru, Vandellia cirrhosa. There are armor-plated types and also naked types, neither having scales. Despite their common name, not all catfish have prominent barbels; what defines a fish as being in the order Siluriformes are in fact certain features of the skull and swim bladder. Catfish are of considerable commercial importance; many of the larger species are farmed or fished for food. Many of the smaller species, particularly the genus Corydoras, are important in the aquarium hobby.
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Re: Catfish
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2009, 03:00:30 PM »
you can always skip the bait and gear and just noodle some into the pan...
it looks fun, but after seeing some of the snapping turtles around here, not sure i have the marbles to try it!
back on topic though, chicken liver, stink bait, hot dogs, and small bait fish are what i've used the most.
did find some recipes for making your own bait.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2009, 11:26:17 AM »
When I first moved up North, a lot of my neighbors were horrified to find out that I love catfish. they honestly didn't even know it was edible.

Our farm is bordered on two sides by water, both of which are packed to the gills (no pun intended) with largemouth bass, striper, and catfish. When you can walk right out your back door and fish, you tend to fish a lot, and we do. In the summer time, we eat catfish about once a week, with some collard greens, butter beans, and hush puppies.

They're easy to catch, just a hassle to clean.


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Re: Catfish
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2009, 12:11:11 PM »
Wow, you just got my mouth in super watering mode!!  It's funny how different the eating habits are in our country.  To me you just described a feast.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2009, 11:51:06 AM »
Do you use the stink bait, or other traditional stuff like worms?

In the Texas streams I fished in as a much younger man, my experience is that stink bait will let you just pull catfish out of the water all day long. It gets to where it isn't even fun anymore, 'cause it leaves no time for beer drinking.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2009, 01:32:57 PM »
When I first moved up North, a lot of my neighbors were horrified to find out that I love catfish. they honestly didn't even know it was edible.
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Re: Catfish
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2009, 12:43:27 AM »
I haven't been fishing since I was a kid (though I should give it another go now that I'm older and hopefully more patient) and it seems they about the only thing I ever caught. They will eat just about anything so its hard NOT to catch them.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2010, 10:18:44 AM »
Catfish and crappy are Southern steak! ;D We have a lot more catfish restaurants than steak houses! :D

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2010, 12:24:48 AM »
mmm catfish. I just finished organizing my new tackle box and sorting through my old gear...can't wait to get out fishing. Some of the best times I remember from high school were catfishing with friends late into the night, we usually used nightcrawlers and chicken liver, although recently, at the farm pond, we use whatever is available - hot dogs, old lunch meat, etc.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2010, 06:01:07 AM »
Up here on the Mississippi and backwaters stinkbait is the best way to pull our the lunker catfish.  Sometimes I get one on a leach but not nearly as much.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2010, 06:50:41 AM »
you can always skip the bait and gear and just noodle some into the pan...

We call Noodling Grappling in this area, I have done it a couple of times when I was younger.  I believe drinking is required before you
do it are at least it should be. Plus you will also probably get to practice your first aid skills.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2010, 10:16:04 AM »
Catfish and crappy are Southern steak! ;D We have a lot more catfish restaurants than steak houses! :D

We live up in Yankeeville now, where the idea of a catfish restaurant is pretty unheard of. The only one I know of, the East End Cafe, in Newark, De, just closed a couple of weeks ago.

I remember in Birmingham, we used to have Catfish King and it was always a big deal with my parent would take us there.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2010, 11:19:27 AM »
In my area of Ontario Canada a lot of people are turned off at the idea of eating catfish but I know a lot of people who do it.  Often it's cooked in beer batter.

They don't get very big up here; average 6 inches or so.

On how to clean it, my buddy would slice the skin behind and around the head, slice open the underside, then grab with two fingers from each hand and pull.  He would take off the head and guts with one pull.  We timed him once and he could clean a fish in under 6 seconds.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2010, 07:45:50 PM »
We live up in Yankeeville now, where the idea of a catfish restaurant is pretty unheard of. The only one I know of, the East End Cafe, in Newark, De, just closed a couple of weeks ago.

I remember in Birmingham, we used to have Catfish King and it was always a big deal with my parent would take us there.
My total sympathy! :'( I'll eat an extra hushpuppy friday night in your honor. ;D

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2010, 10:44:06 PM »
If only they had crappie restaurants. That's my favorite freshwater fish to eat.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #22 on: April 22, 2010, 05:16:33 PM »
Here is a photo of some of the catfish we caught in Lake Marion Santee Cooper Sc. The one on the end weighed 44 lb.
First time trying to post a picture hope this works.

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Re: Catfish
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Re: Catfish
« Reply #24 on: April 22, 2010, 05:47:52 PM »


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Re: Catfish
« Reply #25 on: April 22, 2010, 05:54:51 PM »
Larger image, I think I have the hang of it now.


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Re: Catfish
« Reply #26 on: April 22, 2010, 08:47:51 PM »
Makes an old southern boy proud!!!And hungry! :D

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #27 on: May 09, 2010, 08:27:53 PM »
We were finishing a generator install at a house on Lake Conroe yesterday. Threw out a couple of lines with cheesebait...
Wrapped up the job and cooked mustard battered catfish, hush-puppies and fries for the homeowner. He bought beer and supplied pot and burner and oil.
Next time we work there, the boat will be in the water he said.
His wife thought we were the best plumbers around.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #28 on: May 10, 2010, 01:19:01 PM »
I used to catfish all the time but have been to busy the last few years.  I should make some time to take my dad out and see if we can catch any.

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Re: Catfish
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2010, 01:46:52 PM »
Larger image, I think I have the hang of it now.



I could go for some of that right now!  Hush puppies, with either fried or grilled catfish with some black beans!  MMM...people have been pulling straight hosses out of the tail race canal for years now!