Channel or Blue catfish in Kentucky?

Discussion in 'LOCAL KENTUCKY TALK' started by westkybanded, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. westkybanded

    westkybanded New Member

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    Went out with a buddy of mine fishing last night and we put out 7 jugs and drift fished. About two hours into the evening, he hooked into this guy...


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    31" long!! Nice fish...

    The whole evening, I was telling him (very novice fisherman) what a BIG channel cat it was...
    I kept him in a big rubbermaid container full of water overnight, and cleaned him this morning... Now I'm thinking it may be a blue being able to see it in the light of day...

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    What say you?:confused:
     
  2. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    Looks like a blue to me, but there is one sure fire way to find out. You can count the rays on the anal fin. A blue cat will have more than 30 rays, and a channel cat will have 24 to 29 rays. The anal fin on the blue is also straigh and on the channel it is more rounded.

    Welcome to the BOC!
     

  3. dreamer34

    dreamer34 New Member

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    i belive you got you a nice sizrd blue
     
  4. warcraft1975

    warcraft1975 New Member

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    yep its a bluecat
     
  5. Redd

    Redd New Member

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    I agree with the rest, a nice size blue! Awesome fish!

    -Red
     
  6. westkybanded

    westkybanded New Member

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    Thanks guys.

    Kind of what I was thinking too. I was going to send in one of those trophy angler award forms for him, since it was the biggest fish he's ever caught. It would have qualified for the minnimum length for channel cats (28"), but missed the mark for blues (35")...

    Still, all in all, I'm glad he got the experience.
     
  7. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Nice Blue Will!!! You can always tell a Blue by there bottom anal fin It runs even and straight at an angke, and a channel is rounded at the front and rear of the fin. I also belive a blue has betwene 28/34 spines on the anal fin and the channel has 26/28 not so sure about the count but it's something like that. Bigcatman0816.
     
  8. cornbreadnky

    cornbreadnky New Member

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    Looks like a nice Blue!!!!! great job!! :big_smile:
     
  9. catfish_ken

    catfish_ken New Member

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    A channel had a more forked tail than a blue or any other cat.
     
  10. westkybanded

    westkybanded New Member

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    Thanks guys!

    I've noticed the forked tail thing becomes less pronounced as channel cats get bigger. It's real easy to tell on "willow cat" sized ones.

    We're going fishing/hoggin the same area today...

    We'll see what happens!
     
  11. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    Well there you have your answer, here on the BOC just ask and you will receive. By the way nice Blue.
     
  12. westkybanded

    westkybanded New Member

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    Well, we got into the same area today and decided to just leave the poles out of it and go hoggin. Only found one fish and my buddy grabbed him..
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    Now, I KNOW that's a flathead.....
     
  13. Big Country

    Big Country New Member

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    Union County, Kentucky
    yep thats what u got is a big blue
     
  14. 1fishhead

    1fishhead New Member

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    very nice blue, tony
     
  15. slimcat

    slimcat New Member

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    marion kentucky
    Will, you guys have a blue cat there. Nice cat.
     
  16. mullyden

    mullyden New Member

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    Yes, you got a nice blue about 5 months ago. Easy to tell, the lower fin is straight. Channelcat has curved fin. Very nice fish.
     
  17. catfishinginky

    catfishinginky New Member

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    by the looks id say that is a nice sized blue! congrats
     
  18. kyjake

    kyjake New Member

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    One can learn a lot here.Been fishing for over 60 years and thought they were the same,different name
    Jake
     
  19. Vonroc

    Vonroc New Member

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    Nice Blue - Blue 30 to 36 rays / Channel 24 to 29 rays
     
  20. Shanadoia

    Shanadoia New Member

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    I also have problems sometimes telling them apart..But no matter which one they are they still taste good would you not agree...Good catch and good fishing to ya friend.