how to keep cats alive

Discussion in 'LOCAL GEORGIA TALK' started by catfish1083, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. catfish1083

    catfish1083 New Member

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    ok what is the best way to keep a descent sized cat alive without a live well? also my boat is too small to put one in. thanks
     
  2. efrith

    efrith New Member

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    Use a stringer and hold it overboard stick it through the lip and not the gills.
     

  3. Fishmaster1203

    Fishmaster1203 New Member

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    Release it. :wink:
     
  4. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    What Paul said, or a large live basket. If you will probably release them later - try to with the same amount of holes in them as when you caught em.
     
  5. Ghosth

    Ghosth New Member

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    Release it, or fillet it on the spot and put the fillets on ice.
     
  6. Fishmaster1203

    Fishmaster1203 New Member

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    Eat the little ones and release the big ones, then you'll always have plenty of little ones to eat. :wink: LOL
     
  7. Creteus

    Creteus New Member

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    You can't kill a catfish. We had one out of water at the last Gathering for 2.5 hours which in the last 30 minutes was in the back of a truck in the sun. Put him on a stringer at camp and put him in the water. He did just fine:wink:
     
  8. jkm4874ford

    jkm4874ford New Member

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    A lot of old timers use an old feed sack or grass sack. Wet it down place the fish in it, last for a while like that.
     
  9. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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  10. 1mickymoo

    1mickymoo New Member

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    mesh decoy bags, alot of tourny guys are using them because stringers are against the rules in alot of clubs.
     
  11. beertools

    beertools New Member

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    You got that right. I have put some in a cooler iced down overnight. They would be still alive the next morning with no melted ice.
    Paul is right. Take some photos ,weight it, and pull some measurements. Then let it going( so someday I can catch it:cool2:). Then come here and brag about it. My rule is: if its to big to fit in my basket I let it go.
     
  12. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    Catfish are pretty tough when its fairly cool. When it gets hot its hard
    to keep any fish alive. The oxygen content is low at the surface and the
    water is hot. I have had to run a trotline every two hours or your fish
    would die on the line. You have to have a good aeration system in a big
    live well or a live box in moving water in very hot weather. In very hot
    weather a rope or stringer are useless. In the northern part of the country
    it might be a little different but in July, August, and 1/2 of September
    in the south its hot and humid.
    I really don't know if its the temperture or lack of oxygen that kills the fish
    it might be they have to keep moving to get enough oxygen.
     
  13. Fishmaster1203

    Fishmaster1203 New Member

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    You should not try to keep catfish alive in the back of your pickup truck. LM_O

    I also would'nt keep them in anything that will scrape their slime off. :wink: