Catfish stones...

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by GoFish_Tony, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. GoFish_Tony

    GoFish_Tony New Member

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    In another thread there was mention of a fishes "stones" or ear stones being collected from Drum. I'd never heard of such a thing and decided to do some research. From what I found online; ALL fish have these stones (otolith) and these stones can be used to determin a fishes species and age. How cool is that!

    Here is a very good website that gives a great amount of detail as well as some "do-it-yourself" collecting and ageing tips. I think most of what you will find of interest is in the STUDENT section, but for you smarter folks you might want to check out the SCIENTISTS section.

    I think this is a pretty interesting topic, but I think I am a bit too much of a wimp to go digging for them myself.

    Has anybody ever pulled one of these from a Catfish? If so, could you please try and post a picture here.
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  2. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz New Member

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    Thanks for sharing Tony. It is very interesting and I am going to check it out further.

    Yep, I would dig in for one... :big_smile:

    Barb
     

  3. FlatheadMan

    FlatheadMan New Member

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    That is very interesting stuff
     
  4. Love Them Cats

    Love Them Cats New Member

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    That site was interesting, thanks for sharing?

    That will be a good project for my daughter, she like doing stuff like that?

    Ken
     
  5. GoFish_Tony

    GoFish_Tony New Member

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    Hey, that would be GREAT! I'll be looking forward to seeing what you dig up!

    I just pulled in a 9 1/2# Flathead Sunday morning. I would have loved to have known to look for this stone when I cleaned her. (LOL, actually I had a neighbor clean this fish. I am still learning how to clean fish and didn't want to make a lot of waste from this beauty.) Maybe next time.

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  6. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz New Member

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    Nice catch Tony!

    Heck, that head has only been ripening just over 24 hours now so why not go retrieve it and give it a try? Just breathe through your mouth and not your nose when attempting this! LMAO

    Barb
     
  7. CAT ADDICT

    CAT ADDICT New Member

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    That is very iteresting. Thanks for sharing!
     
  8. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    i have taken them from drum but had no idea cats had them . had a pair i removed from a drum that were as big as quarters
     
  9. cat tamer

    cat tamer New Member

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    That is very interesting, we never stop learning. Thank you.
     
  10. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    Learning something new everyday, thanks
     
  11. BamaCats Lady

    BamaCats Lady New Member

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    This sounds really cool! If Cleve ever catches a fish, maybe I'll try it! LOL
    Lisa
     
  12. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Sweet! Now I'll collect them and make a rain stick out of all of them.