Male or Female flathead catfish

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by FlatGetter, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. FlatGetter

    FlatGetter New Member

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    Is there any way of telling what a flathead is by the color.
     
  2. Rockjumper

    Rockjumper New Member

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    I don't think you can tell by its color. I maybe wrong. The only way I know to do is pull there shorts down!LOL. :) I always wonder how you could tell the sex of any catfish. Maybe somebody out there knows.
     

  3. etipriga

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    Im pretty sure that you cant tell by the color.. All flatheads change color to blend in with their habitat. I would think that the only way of telling is if you catch a female full of eggs her belly is gonna be a lot bigger than normal, but thats the only way i know of, and that soesnt give you a sure anwser due to the fact that it could have just had a big meal.
     
  4. Fishgeek

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    Hey, you're right Rockjumper! Pull down their shorts!

    Sexing catfish is pretty easy. Awhile ago there was a similar thread so River Scum & I took some pics and then I found an article that I PM to whoever wanted it. It told you how to sex catfish. For the most part, girls have two holes & the boys have one.

    Let me see if I have the article here at home as well as the pics. If I do I'll let you know in a few minutes.
     
  5. Fishgeek

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    I found the pics and I do have a copy of the article. PM me if you want a copy. The article is copy written so I can't post it to the BOC but I do have permission to distribute it to my BOC bros.

    FHC_female_BOC.jpg

    FHC_male_BOC.jpg
     
  6. dinkbuster1

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    dang pervert...........:glare: :D
     
  7. s_man

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    Stop making me laugh dink. I also see you have met my ex-wife,LOL. Thanks for the info now I know what to look for. I didn't realize it was that simple. One question are these two holes always that visible or only during the spawn?
     
  8. stickthrower

    stickthrower New Member

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    And the rest of you guys thought Rockjumper had a dirty mind!:p He was right!

    Frank
     
  9. Fatkat

    Fatkat New Member

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    Are those pics considered catfish porno, lol. :p
     
  10. CatBusster

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    :happy: :happy:
     
  11. Rockjumper

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    Fishgeek thanks for sharing! I can't believe how easy it is to tell. Learn something everyday!!:)
     
  12. river scum

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    yah it made me uneasy holding these poor fish while geek got his jollies with the camera. lol all in the name of sience i guess.
     
  13. cat daddy 791

    cat daddy 791 New Member

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    An Old Man Once Told Me They Easiest Way To Tell The Sex Of A Flathead Is That The Males Head Is Wider Than Its Body And Vice Versa For Females As Their Head Is Usually Narrower Than Their Wider Body. I Don't Think Its An Exact Science, But It Might Not Be Too Far Off Either.
     
  14. teamclose

    teamclose Guest

    does the same go for channels and blues or are they different?
     
  15. catfish joe

    catfish joe New Member

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    :happy: :happy: :blush-big hope the FCC dont see that they will think BOC is runnin some kind of perverted catfish porn site ..lol.......
     
  16. Cattracker16

    Cattracker16 New Member

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    So much for a G rated site..
     
  17. Bullfoot

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    that is funny stuff boys!
     
  18. catfish joe

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    :0a25: welcome the BOC Bullfoot any questions you have we'll try to answer them as best as possible........
     
  19. RT1

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    learn something new every day
     
  20. slimcat

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    Catdaddy 791 is correct, a male flatheads head is wider for intimidation. the females head is narrower and her body is shorter but wider. Kinda like the old pic of the farmer and his wife holding the pic, the male is taller and more streamligned with the female shorter and fatter.LOL