Here are some photos of hardhead catfish fillets. There are 4 pounds in the bowl. The second photo is the same fillets showing the skin side.
The bottom photo is of Mister Lincoln, last night.
Hope you enjoy them.
I believe the area the fish are taken in determines taste. Saltwater cats in our area specifically East of the Mississippi River and Delta(Louisiana) get sediments from Canada- Upper Mississippi system- the Missouri River system - Ohio river system .By the time everything gets to the Delta it makes a delightful grey/black goo mud which the cats-being bottom feeders primarily eat from.
"Hardheads" are more common in the canals and slow moving bayous where there is typically more mud-hence(at least in this area) they have a muddier taste and are fouler than their cousin the "Gafftop" . Gafftops do have a redder fleshy part on the meat. With careful filleting with an electric knife not to cut into the skin part ,that reddish can be eliminated leaving a beautiful white fleshy fillet. Gafftops(at least my experience here) tend to be in greater numbers in open bays and lakes going toward the Gulf. There is much greater water movement from tides and wind driven causes. Because of that -the water is cleaner and doesn't carry tannins common to bayous that largely tend to be driven by water volume currents.
Anyhow , I'll bring home an icechest full of gafftops and chunk the hardheads(as I did this weekend) unless there is absolutely nothing else being caught.
Brings new meaning to "You are what you eat" huh? Some people will argue but I believe our corn fed deer here in Indiana taste much better than the upper Michigan deer that browse in pine forests. What exactly do you use the chain for? To retrieve lines broken by snags etc? Looks pretty handy.
A couple of years ago I saw a guy working a river that feeds southern lake Michigan with a bare box springs with weights on the back. He would drag the bottom and had 5 gal buckets of lures and even a couple of complete reel/rods for sale at the boat ramp. Amazing what people come up with.