Is this a white catfish?

Discussion in 'NORTH CAROLINA LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by kvillcat, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. kvillcat

    kvillcat New Member

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    I fish badin lake in Nc on a regular basis and have caught numerous channel cats. But this weekend i caught a coulpe of these cats and they don't look like any channels I have EVER caught:eek:oooh: Can someone help. I'm also fairly sure it's not a blue either.

    John
     

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  2. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    It surely isn't a white. Too deep of a fork in the tail,the heads way too small and the mouth is too small. With that hump in its back I'd almost guess a blue. I'm goin with a channel. We get tons of whites up here in my river and thats not one.
     

  3. brownie525

    brownie525 New Member

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    my guess would be channel?
     
  4. Live Baiter

    Live Baiter New Member

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    That is for sure a blue cat...
     
  5. Cattn-Jeep

    Cattn-Jeep New Member

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  6. quadrunner42029

    quadrunner42029 Member

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    that is a juvenile blue look at the slope on his head and the color and his little itty bitty mouth
     
  7. jerry9497

    jerry9497 New Member

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    probably to late now I guess but the ray of fins on the bottom toward the back of fish will tell you.
    channel cat 25 to 29 rays
    Blue 30-35
    Bullheads have 22 or 23 rays in the anal fin and deep serrations on the pectoral spines
    white is a member of the Bullhead family but will be gray/blue a stocky body with its upper jaw extending slightly beyond lower. rarely over 20 inches.
    This is what I go by, and I call it whatever its rays count up to. Dont know who did the study but it seems to be pretty accurate.
     
  8. bowler man

    bowler man New Member

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    the rays is a sure fire way, that is a baby blue
     
  9. loop

    loop New Member

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    A White, looks more like a young BLUE based on the aniel fin, hump of back,and tail fork. Nice size blue would really taste good.:big_smile:
    Loop
     
  10. opposum

    opposum Active Member

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  11. kvillcat

    kvillcat New Member

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    Ok a blue it is then. I just hadn't seen one that small:wink:
     
  12. rcbbracing

    rcbbracing New Member

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    Looks like a blue to me but i havent seen that many little ones....I forget the exact number but i think you can count the number of lines on the anal fin or something...let us know if you find out for sure thanks
     
  13. net man

    net man New Member

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    looks like a real nice blue congrats
     
  14. Mac-b

    Mac-b Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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  15. FATFLATTIE

    FATFLATTIE New Member

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    Definitely a blue. The hump back gives it away. White cats have a much larger head in proportion to their body size and don't have a very forked tail.
     
  16. wtjordan84

    wtjordan84 New Member

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    i say blue....the anal fin gives it away to me because it is really straight in the front, not curved like a channels