Duckbill catfish - Is it real?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by TRYINGFORCATS, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. TRYINGFORCATS

    TRYINGFORCATS New Member

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    HELLO BROTHERS AND SISTERS. MY MOTHER WAS TELLING ME STORIES ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER FISHING IN THE COOSA RIVER AND TALAPOOSA RIVER IN ALABAMA. SHE TOLD ME THAT HE WOULD CATCH 15 AND 20 LB. CATS THAT HE CALLED::::DUCKBILL CATS . DOES ANYONE KNOW
     
  2. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    My guess would be it was a spoonbill. But what do I know. Good term for em.
     

  3. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    James I have never heard the term Duckbill. I am inclined to agree with George on the Spoonbill.:lol:
     
  4. FishBrew

    FishBrew New Member

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    my guess would be the spoonbill, assuming those waters have them. But technically there is a catfish known by the name Duckbill. It is found mostly in two places ... South America and acquariums.
     
  5. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    I have heard some folks in southern ala call soon bills ,duck bills.
     
  6. catfishing is fun

    catfishing is fun New Member

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    This is just what ive read, but from what i know, spoonbill only feed on like little plancton and wouldnt take a bait like a catfish would, but i could be wrong
     
  7. Salty1

    Salty1 New Member

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    I absolutely agree
     
  8. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    YEAH THEY'RE PROBABLY REFERRING TO SPOONBILLS, AROUND HERE THE OLD TIMERS REFER TO THEM AS DUCK FISH.
     
  9. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I have never heard of a Duckbill Catfish, It could be a spoonbill, or paddlefish.
     
  10. Tiny

    Tiny New Member

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    spoonbill/paddlefish are not a catfish but their skin and color resembles a catfish but their body skeletal structure is most like a shark. I think the closest relationship to another other fish species is the sturgeon. they're fairly common in a lot of southern states and they don't bite on hooks. the way you catch them is by snagging them with a big treble hook. they feed on the same thing that shad feed on which is zooplankton ... they open their mouths and filter the water through their gills to collect and devour the zooplankton. that's what I've been told anyhow. they don't have a bone skeletal structure ... it's just like a shark's and has only cartilidge. just do a search on google for spoonbill and you'll find lots of pictures of them.
     
  11. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    Yea its a paddle fish Ive heard them called spoons duckbills and belive IT or not they will take a small shinner I saw my grandma catch one in a oxbow lake useing a shinner
     
  12. SassyManxLady

    SassyManxLady New Member

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  13. P. nasuta

    P. nasuta New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I believe that they were probably Paddlefish (Polyodon spathula). In Louisiana they are often called spoonbill cats, but as Tiny said they are not catfish. They are plankton feeder but I have heard of them being caught on bait. I think that it was probably an accidental catch, when they are feeding they swim a round with their wide mouths fully open to pass as much water as possible across their gillrakers. They get really big, over 100 pounds. I found a dead one along the river bank once that was between 4 and 5 feet long. In Louisiana they are considered a threatened species and can not be harvested by recreational or commercial fishermen.
     
  14. Creek6

    Creek6 New Member

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    On occassion you catch one by chance while fishing with bait. The spoonbill has its mouth open while feeding and inadvertantly snags itself by swimming into the line.
     
  15. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    buddah New Member

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    Like this one?...
     

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  17. loki1982

    loki1982 New Member

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  18. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    We call them Perch in OHIO! lol :eek:oooh: :big_smile: :lol:
     
  19. FishBrew

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  20. Alsey

    Alsey New Member

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    They get huge down here in Louisiana. At certain times of the year they jump all the way out of the water kind of like whales do. I guess they shoot towards the surface gathering the zooplankton and just keep going when they reach the surface. It's really amazing when one jumps near you and you see the big paddle on them. You can hear large ones splashing back into the water from at least a quarter of a mile away on a windless day.