Catfish Fins info please

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by playinghooky, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. playinghooky

    playinghooky New Member

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    Do the big blues still have the sharp stickers in there fins.And is there poisin in them.What can you use to lessen the pain?
     
  2. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    yes they still can stick you.soak your hand in coffee as hot as you can stand it or rub some of the catfish slime in the puncture or both.seems to help.
     

  3. Alsey

    Alsey New Member

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    As far as I know there's only one species of catfish with poison in its fins. I know it hurts plenty to get finned good but there's no poison involved.

    As far as a remedy I've always heard rub some slime from the cat's belly on the wound to curb the pain.
     
  4. GrandpaGoneFishing

    GrandpaGoneFishing Well-Known Member

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    want to play, some times got to pay.
     
  5. buddah

    buddah New Member

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    LOL, Did you ever catch those little "stone cats" (Madtoms) and have those little suckers drive that little thing right up under your fingernail?! Poisonous or not that hurts! LOL :embarassed:
     
  6. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    They can all stab you, but the little ones are the worst because it's hard to get a grip on them. Pain only hurts for a minute. Suck it up, or go ba$$ fishing!LOL!! The teeth always hurt me the most. Especially if I'm on the water for a couple of days, and can't properly clean all those tiny scraches. My fingers swell up a bit. It's all just part of the game. Do bullheads, or madtoms have the mild venom? Anybody know?
     
  7. allworknofish

    allworknofish New Member

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    its not poison on the catfish that hurts so bad.....its the bacteria in the slime itself. all are serated with small barbs, and a blue cat dont hurt near as bad as a saltwater hardhead. had one of the buggers get me in the knee and after tryin to jerk it out( only to break it off under my knee cap) i had to go to the emergency room to have it removed.......very unpleasant
     
  8. allworknofish

    allworknofish New Member

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    when i think of venom, i think of injected poison...and bull heads and madtoms, along with every other species of catfish...dont have a hollow fin or poison glands to inject you with venom. the bacteria on the fish is what causes the infection and swelling, which can also vary in degree depending on the cleanliness of the water the fish came out of. shrimp, bluegill, or any other fish that fins you has the chance to become infected and sore if not taken care of properly...never underestimate even some of the simplest wounds that occur from marine life...you never know what kind of bacteria could be in the water
     
  9. Gary S.

    Gary S. New Member

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    "What can you use to lessen the pain."
    Umm a glove. Sorry man, I just HAD to do that.

    Anyway, the best thing I've ever done is to be really careful when/how I grab 'em.
     
  10. jlingle

    jlingle New Member

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    I think all catfish will fin you & it'll smart. Wash it out good, and it oughta be alright.

    I once saw some joker step on a catfish with flip flops on. The top dorsal fin went through the sandal & into the person's foot. It was ugly!! Stupid hurts.
     
  11. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Yes, they can fin you.

    I have been finned and cut hundreds of times down through the years and it is usually a very tolerable pain. Yes, slime does seem to help. Most of the ones that get you are the small 6”-8” ones.

    Well, last year while fishing Santee-Cooper with mudkip I was finned by a small five pound blue. The fish flopped at the right time and the fin went in about ¾” deep between my thumb and index finger. Apparently it hit a nerve or something, because the pain was one of the worse pains I have ever felt. It was to the point I could not close my hand. Unlucky for me the fish were biting good, and I was having to reel fish in by holding the rod with my wrist.

    Being an ER nurse Mudkip asked me on the radio to rate the pain on a scale of 1-10. I said, "I am at a nine, and for me ten would be loss of consciousness". LOL!!

    Be careful.
     
  12. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    Most have venom glands and from personal experience the bullheads are the worst
     
  13. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I have never never, had a catfish to fin me yet.
     
  14. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    http://www.mdc.mo.gov/conmag/2004/07/50.htm The most credible source cofirming the toxicity of the "big 3" is MDC.(scroll down to the yellow box) Some sources suggest that the venom quickly degrades in temps above 60 deg. Who knows. All I know is that it is painful, and it hurts worse when the water is cold. Could easily be my immagination too.
     
  15. riverdawg-1

    riverdawg-1 New Member

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    I don't think they have any poison, but they do hurt. I think the worst I ever got was from a 10 inch channel. It got me while I was trying to let him go:roll_eyes: , The dock I was fishing on looked like someone had been stabbed the next day!:eek:oooh:
     
  16. jlcclh

    jlcclh New Member

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    You shouldn't have said that man...you may have just gensked yourself.:big_smile:
     
  17. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I dont think so, I know how to handle catfish. :lol:
     
  18. Fishhead1

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    How nasty the poison is dependent on the species and the age of the fish. A 5-100 lb catfish doesn't have many predators to worry about so their poison isn't as potent. Also bigger catfish have bigger spines so they are thicker and not as sharp or likely to stab you, all in addition to being easier to handle.



    It's the young catfish or very small species that are often eaten by other fish that are the little bastids you have to watch out for else they'll stick ya good.



    Much like bee stings, insect bites etc. it also depends on the person and how their body reacts to that specific toxin.