Catfish Fins...

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Flatheadhunter33, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    If you have catfished for a given amount of time as I am sure most of us (if not all of us) here have, you might have been finned a time or two over the years...I have been finned by fish several times from bluegill to cats...one thing that I notice though is that when I get finned by a catfish, the sight starts to burn or itch after a while. This never happens with other fish though. A buddy of mine says that is because catfish have a certain amount of venom in the fin bones...I have heard this before but never believed it. Now Im starting to wonder...anyone ever heard of this?
     
  2. cat6028

    cat6028 New Member

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    sorry bub i have heard this to, but do not know if it is fact or fiction. It is plausible like a lion fish, or several other species of fish. I've been spurred before myself and it does hurt more than any other fish i have been spurred by.
     

  3. unclebuncle

    unclebuncle New Member

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    I know a saltwater hardhead catfish can land you in emergency room for even minor puncture.
     
  4. Salty1

    Salty1 New Member

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    I saw on Man vs. Wild were he was noodling and got finned. If I remember correctly he urinated on his hand to stop the pain. Something about the ammonia in our urine I think.
     
  5. cat6028

    cat6028 New Member

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    I did a search to verify and they are in fact mildly poisonous. But it is only certain species like Bullheads and channels, they where the only two that i could find that it specificly stated where, but there could be more species that are here in the states.
     
  6. indycatman

    indycatman New Member

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    yes when you get finned hurts like a sob catfish do have like a venom in there system yes they are predator but they are also pray when they are small also
     
  7. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Yeah, the fish that got me the other night was in fact a channel cat. Smaller one...so I guess I know now why it flared up. thanks guys!
     
  8. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Wow! Thanks for the article! Looks like I have been getting off easy all these years!