Mellon and the mad Tom

Discussion in 'LOCAL OHIO TALK' started by flathunter, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I think my buddy Mellon is pulling my leg.

    He said many years ago a guy named Tom, grabed ahold of a small catfish and got jabbed, and it really pissed him off...Hence the name "Mad Tom"
     
  2. Mizzbigcat

    Mizzbigcat New Member

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    Thanks...I think :tounge_out:

    So fill us newbies in, who's Mad Tom?
     

  3. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    I know that this sort of thing has caused me much heartache in the past. I feel for "mad tom".
     
  4. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    Does anyone know what a "Mad Tom" is? It's those little bitty baby cafish things that susposedly have a little bit of poison in thie spines. You can fins them in small creeks sometimes. I think they are actually endangered here in Ohio.
     
  5. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    If your talkin bout the lil muckledly colored things that lay on the bottom, we have em in the creeks here in southern missouri.
     
  6. RetiredToFish

    RetiredToFish New Member

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    There are several different types of Mad-Toms in the waters of Ohio ... usually not more than 3 or 4 inches long .... Garry-
     
  7. catfishrollo

    catfishrollo New Member

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    you guys are scaring me to go seining this spring! rollo
     
  8. RetiredToFish

    RetiredToFish New Member

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    My books don't say anything about the Tadpole Madtom being poison, but there is a fish (which resembeles the Madtom) that is and that is the Stonecat. This fish average 6 inches in length up to 12 inches. It inhabits the riffles in large creeks or rivers and also found along lake shores where they hide under stones. They look a lot like a bullhead, except longer and thinner. The book says: "Handle with care, for the sharp pectoral spine will inflict a wound causing severe pain, due to a poison." They are usually caught when seining riffles. .... Garry- :eek:oooh:
     
  9. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    we have 'em here in the Mad river, look like baby flatheads. yes they have poison, i know first hand how much it hurts!!:crazy:
     
  10. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    I found a picture of a mad tom. I'm sure some of the Ohio guys have seen this one before.
     

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  11. RetiredToFish

    RetiredToFish New Member

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    :smile2: ... That is good Jeff .... Garry- .....:smile2::eek:oooh::eek:oooh: