Channel or Blue?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by arkrivercatman, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    Last night I hooked into a nice one. I am almost 100% positive that it is a male spawn channel cat. It looks like his normal color is coming back. We dont have alot of blues on the Arkansas River here in Wichita but I have caught a small one before. I know that the small one was a blue for a fact.Kaw Lake in OK and below it is full of blues. The lake is over 100 river miles away. I have caught alot of blues in Ok and this one didnt look like those Mississippi Whites. Also IMO the fin is more curved and to me the color isnt right to be a blue. I blew it up on the computer and counted 28 rays.He weighed 17 pounds. I just took some pics and video and put him back. I didnt want to keep him out while I counted his fin on the ground.
    What do you guys think?
     

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  2. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    First off - NICE FISH! And I think ya got a spawning male channel.
     

  3. Tyme2fish

    Tyme2fish New Member

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    No expert here, but the anal fin looks to me like it's a blue.
     
  4. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    I am not the resident expert, but I would say nice Blue.

    Regardless its a very nice fish
     
  5. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Those are some nice fish, one looks like a Channel and the other one a Blue.
     
  6. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    squared anal fin= blue cat. looks pretty healthy too.
     
  7. whisker maniac

    whisker maniac New Member

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    that's definately a blue. square anal fin and big thick rubbery lips.
     
  8. bobby-catfishing

    bobby-catfishing New Member

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    Pretty sure that's a blue. Nice fish either way.
     
  9. Pirate Jerry

    Pirate Jerry New Member

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    Yep, looks like a nice blue to me. Nice fish whichever way it goes...
     
  10. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    To me that looks like a Blue cat for sure. Blues have 30 or more rays on the anal fin. You came up with a count of only 28, but could have missed a couple on the count. It has a squared margin on the fin too, that is typical of a Blue. The head is more rounded to, Channels have more of a streamline head. .:wink:
     
  11. littleman

    littleman Active Member

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    Nice fish. The fat lips makes me think its a blue.
     
  12. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    I will agree with the other Bro's it's a blue anyway nice fish
     
  13. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    SQUARE ANAL FIN IS A BLUE. nice fish. and the tail has rounded fork. channels are deep and pointed.:wink: