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Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by kat in the hat, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    OK, a coworker of mine has this two acre pond that she, and her children swim in. She claims that the kids keep getting finned by catfish, and she wants them fished out! Well, me being the man for the job showed up this morning to rid her of her pesky catfish problem. Kat-Tamer and her son went with me. Within about 2 hours, we had a nice stringer full of ALBINO channelcats! I knew they existed, but never caught any 'till now. Somebody probably paid extra to stock that pond with albinos, but hey, who am I to complain. I'll let Sheila post her pic later. Here's mine.
     

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  2. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Those are some neat looking fish. Thanks for posting.
     

  3. Zombie76

    Zombie76 New Member

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    That would be a sweet haul. Grats on the fish, and thanks for sharing!
     
  4. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Thanks for the pics Matt, ive never seen a albino cat!
     
  5. bootshowl

    bootshowl New Member

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    How ya come on a sweet job like that? Dirty job but somebody's got to do it.
    They taste any different? Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. tkishkape

    tkishkape New Member

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    Hate to rain on your parade, but those are not albinos... the eye would be pink, without color. The fish are different... called melanistic meaning not a true albino, but lacking the normal pigmentation.

    Those are really neat! I caught a melanistic blue cat in Eufaula last year... totally colorless skin, but the eyes were dark.

    To have so many of them in the same pond is really special... maybe they were spawned in there by a melanistic parent.

    I'd really like to have a few of these fish in my neighbor's pond!:wink:
     
  7. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    It's difficult to tell from the photo, but the eyes were pink too. White around the outside, and the pupils would glow pink in the light. Also, they didn't have the siver lining in their guts. i haven't eaten any of them yet because I donated them to a disabled person as I do with virtually all channels that I catch. I think that they are special too. I believe that they were specially purchased by the previous landowner for pets, but this lady wants nothing to do with them. I'm going back out in the morning to catch some more. The 3 "normal" channels that I caught were fatter. Don't know if they were older remnants from an earlier stocking, or just chasing the white ones away from food. At any rate, it's a thrill to be allowed to fish these fish. Gonna hit it earlier tomorrow. some guy showed up, and threw out some food, and many dozens of these fish came up to eat. None of these cats have any yellow meat either. Probably very good eating. She is also wanting someone to run trotlines across the pond. HOPEFULLY, I will be in on that action!
     
  8. godsglad8tor

    godsglad8tor New Member

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    neato, i wanna catch an albino, saturday was the first tim ei caught yellow cats, would be cool to catch albinos, have fun working them cats out of that pond man
     
  9. Cat Man Joe

    Cat Man Joe New Member

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    Thats pretty cool Matt! Ive never seen an albino before either. Youve got a terrible job to do there. Let me know if you need any help. lol :eek:oooh:
     
  10. duxsrus

    duxsrus New Member

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    That's a nice deal to stumble across. Thanks for the pics.
     
  11. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

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    Some people "step in it" and come out fragrant...:cool2:
     
  12. PhillyCatcatcher4

    PhillyCatcatcher4 New Member

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    Are you going to eat them?:0a23:
     
  13. catfisherman60

    catfisherman60 New Member

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    Matt that looks like a fun job.:smile2:
     
  14. dirt138

    dirt138 New Member

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    I want to catch albino catfish!!! why does he get to have all the fun?
     
  15. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Matt that is what I call a sweet deal. Thanks for sharing the pics and the story. It was nice of you to donate those fish to those in need.:smile2:
     
  16. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Very nice fish.
     
  17. philly'swife

    philly'swife New Member

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    I have never seen an catfish like that before.:confuse:
     
  18. neal

    neal New Member

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    Nice catch! Thanks for sharing the pictures!
     
  19. crappieguy

    crappieguy New Member

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    Thanks for the looksee at those cats.
    Don't think we have anything like that up here.
    Very interesting as well as all the other comments.
     
  20. catchinghogs

    catchinghogs Well-Known Member

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    Tough job but someone has to do it.