Holding Catfish

Discussion in 'LOCAL INDIANA TALK' started by cjharrol, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. cjharrol

    cjharrol New Member

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    I see a lot of fishermen holding the big catfish by the mouth. When I was young I had caught bullheads and can remember that they could clamp down hard. Isn't it dangerous to put your hands in the big cats mouth?
     
  2. MattShannon

    MattShannon New Member

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    Unlike bass, a catfish can clamp down his top lip when holding it by the mouth; however, it is my experience that if you squeeze as tight as you can with your thumbs, he won't clamp down. If it happens, you may get you fingers skinned.
     

  3. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    It does smart a little,still got the mark on my thumb.Now I put gloves on.Don't hurt quite as much.
     
  4. ScottWiseman

    ScottWiseman New Member

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    It has been my experience that you can hold flatheads out of the water and they will not clamp at all. Blues, channels, and bullheads are another story. That is why I carry mechanics gloves with me.
     
  5. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Bullheads are strong little buggers, dad suckerd me into lipping it like a ba$$ one day, well, needless to say it was the last time I did that. LMAO
     
  6. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    A glove is the way to go.
    Bill
     
  7. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    Never really had them clamp to much, but now I have had a few of fingers wrapped in bands -aids for a few days after holding one that had other plans.lol
     
  8. thenightstalker

    thenightstalker New Member

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    the only way i do is bare handed and tight fisted. hold on though, a large cat will break your wrist if u dont know what ur doin
    its like 80 grit sand paper(big ones) not that bad at all
    if you cant hold a little one without gettin hurt, ur a sissy

    just think of those noodlers down south. if they can handle it, we can too
     
  9. SkiMax

    SkiMax Well-Known Member

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    I just hold on real firm. If they clamp it's not excruciating pain. just get your fingers or knuckles a little skinned up. We call them battle scars :lol:
     
  10. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    I Wrestle Wild Hogs By Hand & "Catch" Police K-9's, A Cat Doesn't Even Phase Me
     
  11. wishiwasfishin

    wishiwasfishin New Member

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    It's a whole lot easier to get them by the tail with your mouth:big_smile:
     
  12. katcatchingfool

    katcatchingfool New Member

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    my mom uses my baseball hat
     
  13. Fishgeek

    Fishgeek Active Member

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    Hehehe... wishiwasfishin, that can't be any worse than the sushi I tried for the first time on Thursday!!:dribble:
     
  14. wishiwasfishin

    wishiwasfishin New Member

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    sushi..no way dude thats way to close to bait in my book:smile2:
     
  15. biggen0_8

    biggen0_8 New Member

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    I like that holding them by the tail thing, I'll have to try that,hehe. But seriously, I've found that if you only reach in far enough for them to bite on top of your thumbnail, it doesn't hurt. The skin on the bottom of your thumb is tough enough to take it, it's the cuticle or skin just above the thumbnail that can get painful.
     
  16. RiverKing

    RiverKing Active Member

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    LOL.....I wish I was around to see that one
     
  17. whiteriverbigcats

    whiteriverbigcats New Member

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    bare handed is the way i go also.... had my thumb clamped down a few times. but nothing that really did much damage... i dont mind it that much i used to be a roofer...lol