Catch and release?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by illnoize, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. illnoize

    illnoize New Member

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    who practices catch and release with flatheads? Ive only caught 2 so far and I have released them both.
     
  2. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    I catch and release almost all of my fish. I keep some eater catfish bream and crappie and the rest go back.
     

  3. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    Bedford,Ky
    i video most of my catches ,and release most of my fish .i eat fish bout once every week all my flatheads go back keep an ocasional blue to eat long as its not big ,some channels get eaten as well ,but all flats go back seems they get eaten alot by most folks ,they are imo the best eaters but i like catching them the most and hope someday to catch the big one
     
  4. PeZ

    PeZ New Member

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    Oklahoma
    I CPR most of the time unless i need some catfish for the freezer then i only keep 2-8#ers
     
  5. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Ohio
    All flatheads go back for me, the bigones to breed and catch agin, and the small ones to grow up.
     
  6. Crackr

    Crackr New Member

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    Indiana
    I CPR all my catches.
     
  7. rushing

    rushing New Member

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    Minnesota
    All my flats are CPR.:big_smile:
     
  8. EsoxJohnny

    EsoxJohnny New Member

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    Indiana
    100% CPR on all flatheads
     
  9. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    Sarver, Pa
    I CPR all Flatheads!
     
  10. billcatfish

    billcatfish New Member

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    State:
    evansville Ind
    alway catch and release here. i let them back for a biger day
     
  11. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    State:
    Ohio
    100% C-P-R on ALL Cats here.

    Now I do catch & kill alot of:

    Goldfish
    Bluegill
    Shad
    Chubs
    Sucker
    etc........ :smile2: :wink:

    Man, those poor baitfish.:confused2:
     
  12. TxRiverman

    TxRiverman New Member

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    State:
    Lockhart Tx
    I do practice catch and release,but since not all catfish grow up to be big catfish,i also practice catch and eat. If the fish are under 10 lbs,I'll fry 'em up,any thing over 10 lbs has probably got the genetics to grow bigger so i do release them.
     
  13. paleocaver

    paleocaver New Member

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    USA
    I release most all fish over 10 but do keep some smaller ones for the table.
     
  14. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    State:
    Ca
    Name:
    Mutt
    all cats and bass go back only fish i keep is trout and salmon.
     
  15. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    Sherman IL
    All cats go back for me.. The ONLY fish I keep are White Bass. Blue Gills/War Mouths get used for bait and are returned to the water at the end of my fishing if not used...
     
  16. Gringoloco

    Gringoloco Member

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    State:
    Ft. Belvoir, VA
    Name:
    Josh
    I practice catch and release with them, the only cats I keep are Channels 10lbs and under.
     
  17. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    clk. tn
    I have released a good amount of flats and such that were over 10 lbs. Now if I catch a real monster I would still let it go but atleast get a photo , measurement and weight first if possible.
     
  18. jason berry

    jason berry New Member

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    Evansville
    Im catch and relese all the way especially for the big trophy cats they take a long time to get that big and those are the spawn cats. I feel if you want to eat some catfish keep the real small ones around the 5# range. take a picture of the big cats and throw them back.
     
  19. live22skate

    live22skate New Member

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    State:
    Arizona
    catch and release, but evry once and a while ill keep a good eater size channel:cool2:
     
  20. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    State:
    Philadelphia, P
    The flatheads out here in eastern PA is in a win-win situation. Even if I did want to eat one, teh river has PCB warnings so I release them. What do they taste like, haven't ever tried it.