Filet Pictures. Don't yell at me.

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by hookman571, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. hookman571

    hookman571 New Member

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    This is not my fish, nor was I on the trip. So don't be yelling at me. I throw all of mine back.

    You have to admit, it's some impressive Filets. Alledgedly caught on the James River.
    See attached photo.
     
  2. BAM

    BAM New Member

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    ( whisper, whisper ) LOL, Looked to be a nice fish, to each his own. Put my big ones back also.
     

  3. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Never caught one that big. Maybe it was dieing and had to be cleaned. Ever seen the fillets off a mekong giant? Saw 'em on TV. Thanks for sharing some picks.
     
  4. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

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    Mmmmmmm..... I can almost taste the mercury and PCB's.
     
  5. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    That's ok, they won't be around long, fish in the James River are very dangerous to eat. Why would they do that?
     
  6. billcatfish

    billcatfish New Member

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    with as hard as i try to catch one that big i would not have done that
     
  7. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    looks like it was a good fish , although its gone the poisen remains in the eaters system for ever .
     
  8. bowfin

    bowfin New Member

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    We don't know the story behind the fish for all we know the fish might have been in poor shape after the fight.
     
  9. Trophy Hunter

    Trophy Hunter New Member

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    Virginia advises against swimming in the James. You could not pay me to eat that. I would reel it in for him next time though!
     
  10. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

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    Well, if the fish really did come from the James, I'd be very leery of it:
    http://www.vdh.state.va.us/epi/publichealthtoxicology/JamesRiver.asp
    Specifically advises against eating flathead or blue catfish larger than 32 inches.

    And even if it didn't there aren't that many waters in the country where you could catch a fish that size without being worried about toxins.

    PCBs and mercury accumulate over time; older, larger fish have gobs more of that stuff in them than the smaller fish.

    As far as whether a fish that size should have been killed, as long the fish was caught legally, I'm happy to let each person make their own decision on what to do with it.

    Encourage catch & release, but don't go ballistic on someone who chooses to do otherwise.
     
  11. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    Yeah, like I said, eating fish out of the James River is a very bad idea, it's well known too. I wouldn't even eat a small fish out of there. Maybe the fish was injured, even if it wasn't, it was thier right to eat it I guess, I just don't see why anyone would though.
     
  12. kindofsudden

    kindofsudden New Member

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    I have had to eat some that just didn't look right after trying to release them. I usually keep a couple small ones and toss the big ones after some pictures and bragging.
     
  13. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Those would make, some nice steaks!
     
  14. slimepig

    slimepig New Member

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    i didnt see any belly meat!!!
     
  15. catmanofohio

    catmanofohio New Member

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    WoW musta been above 70lbs...
     
  16. catfishbills

    catfishbills New Member

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    Whoever cleaned that fish, must have used a chainsaw! We will never know why that fish ended up in fillets, but the angler could have done everthing to prevent the fishes demize. There will always be a few that dont get to grow anymore, and if the fish was going to die anyway, its better than letting it go to waste. That sure WAS a beast! Hopefully the genetics are still there!
     
  17. Cutshad

    Cutshad New Member

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    Nice fish, probably feed quite few folks...
     
  18. south_va_fisherman

    south_va_fisherman New Member

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    you'd need a chain saw to filet that sucker. i eat cats from the james, they taste ok. just dont eat a lot a once.
     
  19. Jarosh

    Jarosh New Member

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    Those are cobia fillets. I saw this same picture posted on a saltwater forum.
     
  20. 1fishhead

    1fishhead New Member

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    man great job on this cat...... alot of fish..id say 80