black catfish

Discussion in 'LOCAL FLORIDA TALK' started by Hookman, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. Hookman

    Hookman New Member

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    when i lived FLA. i caught a lot of black catfish. why don`t i ever here about them. has anybody caught one.
     
  2. cook

    cook New Member

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    What size were they.When we are in Fl.,we catch them too.Definatly not channels.Locals called them butterballs.I think they were brown bullheads,but they averaged 3-5 pounds.Some spots they were black,other areas they were motled(? sorta spotted)might have to do with the water chemistry.

    They are sweet and tasty
     

  3. capt.kirk

    capt.kirk Guest

    i live on a brackish water canal that is fed from the cootee river,i started
    catching black catfish off my boat dock with nightcrawlers,the fish were
    jet black and shaped like a channel cat,i was fishing on the bottom in about
    7 foot of water,they were crusing thru the mussel shell beds.they run 3 to 6
    pounds,with 1 going 14.7 they are as good as any cat i have ever eaten.
    once in a while you will catch some that are black and silver mix color.they
    are not here every day,but i can chum them up sometimes with cheap bag
    of cat food,some days the chum brings the sheephead around and will take
    dead shrimp.yeasterday 6 sheep head i red 17",just never know whats going
    to be in the brackish water,june 22 nd got a 31 lb tarpon fishing for blue gill,
    i hope this will awnser your question on black cats,extra info NO CHARGE.
    KIRK :D
     
  4. Stump Bumper

    Stump Bumper Guest

    I learn something new every day. I sure would like to catch one someday....Ray
     
  5. Hookman

    Hookman New Member

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    i caught all of mine in fresh water. the biggist one that I saw was 35" long 15.5#. all black with a white belly with a lot of small black spots. biggist one i caught was about 10#. i herd they are not native to the U.S.A. they come from south america and grow too 50# and git a red spot on there tail above 40#s. they are good eating
     
  6. Hookman

    Hookman New Member

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    thanks for your coments guys, i am surprised there wern`t more and some pics. thanks again HOOKMAN.
     
  7. capt.kirk

    capt.kirk Guest

    HOOK MAN
    i have a nice picture of 5 laying on my drive way i will post the pic when
    i get my own wrinkeled up mug up for halloween.
    KIRK :eek:
     
  8. playinghooky

    playinghooky New Member

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    Those cats seem cool looking Would like to see a picture of one I lived in Fl wonder why you dont hear much about them
     
  9. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I had a friend who caught a nice channel cat a couple years ago hear in Ohio that was almost completly black, first one I have ever seen.
     
  10. capt.kirk

    capt.kirk Guest

    i was talking to stump bumper by e mail,i said i belive they at one time were an ocean cat, that had adapted to fresher water.i dont have
    any proof to back that up,but it does sounds like a reasonable assumption,
    all i know for sure is they taste as good or better than any catfish,i have
    ever eaten,my wife does not really care for catfish,but she ate the heck
    of the black ones. :)