is this a blue catfish for shure

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by slikk03, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    this thing to me does not look like any blues ive seen on the boc,what yall think male spaning channel or blue, the fin was long and sqward off but look at the head,and i dont think its a hybrid
     

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  2. Pip

    Pip New Member

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    yep, sure is. Jake the easiest way to tell if it is a blue or not is to count the anal rays. Blues will have 30 or more. Nice job on the catch.
     

  3. catfisherman369

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    Yes Sir that is a blue . Congradulations on the catch .
     
  4. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    oh i caght this months ago,but i just noticed now its head looks like a channel
     
  5. LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN

    LOWCOUNTRY CATMAN New Member

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    That is a blue I would say,almost sure.
     
  6. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Yes thats a blue.. dark colors are just common cases you see every now and then..
     
  7. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    well the coler is not what made me think it was the lips head, not as small or sloped as most im shure it was a blue,but hybrid is the qwestion, my freind has a pond with blue chan hybrid x, they get bigger and look like fat channls
     
  8. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Anal fin will be your big give away. If it is straight instead of rounded is a good indiciation that is it blue over a channel... also the number of anal fins as mentioned earlier.

    Nice fish nontheless!
     
  9. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    yea its not a channel , but i cant find a fish that looks like this , its fin as that of a blue and the inside of the mouth,its a blue, but the qwestion is it a hybrid blue, if you look at my albums theirs three pics of it
     
  10. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    here is another pic of it , see that head thats weird for a blue
     

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  11. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Yes I think thats a Blue.
     
  12. offshore_angler

    offshore_angler New Member

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    some channelcat's have a grayish tint to them,exspecially around dam's
     
  13. rocco641

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    that head kinda reminds me of a channel:confused2: with that overbite, I didnt think blues had that much of a overbite:confused2:
     
  14. SGTREDNECK

    SGTREDNECK New Member

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    looks like a blue to me. Congrats.
     
  15. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    yea this thing has got me tumped its one of 2 things a blue or a blue channel hybrid,the overbite is very strange for a blue so my mind wont rest till i find out, the lake has all three species stocked in it so its very possible they are hybridizing ,ive seen bluespulled out of here that are like all the ones you see, but this thing is odd,wen i caght it it was blue as the sky,then turned gray, its in my pond, i manage, i might jug him out and release him back in the lake, snap a few more pics
     
  16. cathog

    cathog New Member

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    Jake we catch a lot of different looking fish, but they are all blues. Kind of like people, no 2 look just alike. Counting the rays would be your best id method. Weve caught blues with big heads, small heads, big overbites and small overbites, some were really short and fat with almost no space between the end of the anal fin and tail, they were all still blues. My youngest son got a 40 pounder last winter that was only about 38 inches long but as big around as a beach ball, it was 40 pounds on 2 different sets of digital scales. It was a very strange looking blue.
     
  17. catman-j

    catman-j New Member

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    It's quite possible that it is a hybrid.
     
  18. Catfishboy1995

    Catfishboy1995 New Member

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    Im positive that is a hybrid...I have seen alot of them and that looks exaactally the same!!!
     
  19. SkipEye

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    While channel and blue cats can be hybridized in a lab, it is a complex process. These two species do not breed/reproduce together in the wild.

    It is a BLUE CAT dude!:wink:
     
  20. SkipEye

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    Where exactly have you "seen a lot of them"? This doesn't occur in the wild and is even not very successful in a hatchery pond environment. The eggs must be collected manually from the female channel as does the sperm from the male blue. Then begins a long complex process to hatch the fry.

    It has not thus far proven to be economically feasible to obtain enough quantities to support commercial endeavors.

    Hybridization has been fiddled with since about 1966 but not on a large scale that I am aware of.

    Enlighten me if you can point me to a reliable source of information. If so, are any DNR's stocking them and where?