"Eater size" channel catfish ?

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by kyron4, May 28, 2007.

  1. kyron4

    kyron4 New Member

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    I'm a catch and release fisherman, but like to fry up some catfish every now and then. My personal slot limit for channel cats for eating size is 18"-24" ; over or under gets released. How does this compare with your "keeper" size ? Too many guys in my area keep everything they catch, reguardless of size. I like C&R but sometimes think someone else is just going to catch it and eat, and why not me. :confused2: Any thoughts or input ?
    -Thanks
     
  2. STUMPKNOCKER

    STUMPKNOCKER New Member

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    I like them smaller than that, and i usually dont have a choice.:lol::lol::lol:
     

  3. slipbobber

    slipbobber New Member

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    12-18 inchs for me. i am the onlly one that eats them in my family.
     
  4. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    I like \em between 1 1/2 and 5#. Anything smaller isn't worth cleaning and anything over 5# isn't as good of eating and it is more sporting to let them go to reproduce and/or catch again.
     
  5. rich-online

    rich-online New Member

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    I'd release anything above 10#. I think 2.5# is about ideal in terms of eating.

    -- Rich
     
  6. Ictalurus Punctatus

    Ictalurus Punctatus New Member

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    That's just about the way I do it too. The only difference is that I'll usually keep a couple of smaller ones (12"-14") because the fillets are just about the perfect size for my daughters' appetites.

    Jon
     
  7. catfish156123

    catfish156123 New Member

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    The wife and I always keep the smaller ones. up to about 20 inches, Very good eating and fun to get. And we only live about two miles from a lake that has just that size. O-ya you can get up around 14 pounders but I would hope most of them are returned,
     
  8. FordTruckGuySTX

    FordTruckGuySTX New Member

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    I tend to go by poundage myself channels/blues 1-10lbs go to the skillet
     
  9. bootshowl

    bootshowl New Member

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    I like 3-5 pounders, as I like a boneless fellet, an hate to skin em. I just take the best part, below the bone to the tail, flip er over beyond the tail; an finish the second cut close to the skin from the inside. Then I cut the steaks in half lengthwise. I use milk an egg with Zateran's New Orleans fish fry breading. With the narrower cut steaks ya don't need a deep fryer, just bout an inch of oil in a chicken fryer & it's fast an tasty. If I'm doing fries, or corn dodgers, I fry them first, then the fish. One pan one meal.
    :smile2:
     
  10. KYTRAPPER

    KYTRAPPER New Member

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    15lb's and smaller goes under the knife. Everything else goes back:cool2: We eat a lot of catfish, LOL or at least we try...
     
  11. riverratmatt

    riverratmatt New Member

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    1-3#s is usually what we keep
     
  12. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    If it won't fit in the fryer or skillet it goes back, so I guess 1 to 3 pounds. On a normal outing I won't keep over 3 to take home and most of the time they all go back, but those young fillets are hard to beat!
     
  13. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    i keep all under 20"
    they have the best taste to me
     
  14. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    For me it depends on not only the size but how many, between 2 and 7 lbs to me seems to be good. But if I only end up with one or two I usualy release them.
     
  15. wishiwasfishin

    wishiwasfishin New Member

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    most of the time if it's on the hook it goes to the table
     
  16. ByrdDog

    ByrdDog New Member

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    Covington,Ga
    That about sums it up for me as well. I did throw back about 25 about 6-8 inches long Memorial day and my Grandmother threatened to take me off of the Christmas list.
     
  17. catfishtonyd

    catfishtonyd New Member

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    I keep all cats between 12" and 24" anything larger or smaller is released. I use to keep the larger ones but I just settled on 12/24 for cleaning and eating.
     
  18. riverdawg-1

    riverdawg-1 New Member

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    I like to keep 4-5 fish about 2-4#'s. I let everything over 8-10 go andlittle ones under about 16 inches are a pain to clean.
     
  19. catfisherman60

    catfisherman60 New Member

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    I keep all fish, becuase I never git any big ones lol.
     
  20. GregRobinson

    GregRobinson New Member

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    for eaters I like them in the 12"-24" range, the smaller ones are just the right size to gut and skin and fit a few in my big frying pan, the 24's I can get a few big fillets out of them, toss them in the seal a meal and good to go. Usually I end up releasing whatever I catch unless I'm fishing with someone else that's looking to eat them...love catching fish but never have been a big fish eater. But every once in a while I get a hankerin' for some catfish and it beats the heck out of paying $7/lb for farm raised fillets at the local fish dealer...