male or female?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by cat'n around, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. cat'n around

    cat'n around Member

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    how do you tell the difference? i should know this but i can honestly say that i dont.:eek:oooh:
     
  2. patrickgd

    patrickgd New Member

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    From what I've heard the males have larger swollen more muscular looking heads. But good question I don't really know myself.
     

  3. cat'n around

    cat'n around Member

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    im lost as last years easter eggs on it???
     
  4. Tomahawk

    Tomahawk New Member

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    I have some pictures of flatheads from last year. I think you can really tell the difference between females and males. The females have smaller heads and thier bodies are bigger. Males have the huge heads. It's hard to tell when on the water but look at the pictures when you get home and you can see the difference.
     
  5. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    It all sounds very interesting, but I can assure you that I have no idea
     
  6. OhioRiverCatfisher

    OhioRiverCatfisher New Member

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    Sure is a good question, am looking forward to the answers on it. I don't have a clue how you would tell...
     
  7. bnorth

    bnorth New Member

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    Just flip 'em over and take a peek :eek:oooh:
     
  8. cat'n around

    cat'n around Member

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    ? ive done that and they all look the same to me?
     
  9. dieselcat

    dieselcat New Member

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    i've got a pic of 1 in my profile that i'm almost sure is a male!
     
  10. river scum

    river scum New Member

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  11. cat'n around

    cat'n around Member

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    anymore suggestions or anything?
     
  12. megacat77

    megacat77 New Member

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    It is easy to tell a male from a female. You will find that the male has only 1 small hole the female has 2 holes. This time of the year post spawn or even during spawn the female will have lots of redness around the holes. The male in most cases does have a larger body & head. As a example I caught a 77 pound male that was 58 inches long with a head as broad as my shoulders. I caught a 80 pound female that was 53.5 inches long with alot smaller head. A large female can hold 10 pounds of eggs pretty easy. I would say had we caught her post spawn she would have only went 65 or 70 pounds. I hope this answers your question on this subject.

    Jack Love
    www.megacatcrew.com
     
  13. germanmudfish

    germanmudfish New Member

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    If you get it in the boat and it won't be quiet, a female. If it goes for your beer, a male.:wink: Just joking folks, don't go into a posting frenzy over the stereotypes.