Pound for pound what fights harder?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Trophy Hunter, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. Trophy Hunter

    Trophy Hunter New Member

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    Which species of CATFISH do you think fights the hardest? I have only caught big blues and have never had the chance to fight any other type. Let me know what you think. Thanks. Hey look I made SQUIRE!!!
     
  2. Redd

    Redd New Member

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    I agree with baitfish...definately flathead. Although, blues seem to hit my bait a little harder.

    -Red
     

  3. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    Pound for pound I would have to say, the "Bluegill"!!! Imagine being able to catch one that weighs as much as 10lbs!!! What kind of gear would you have to get to accomplish this task???
     
  4. Trophy Hunter

    Trophy Hunter New Member

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    If we get into other fish my vote would be the American shad. Catching those in the flats above the rapids during their spawning run with a med/light rod, one after another is some of the most enjoyable fishing I do. "Poor man's TARPON".
     
  5. youngcatfisherman55

    youngcatfisherman55 New Member

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    i have never caught a flathead or blue so I got to say channel. Other than that for freshwater, bass are pretty good fighters and so are bream. Any species of catfish reign supreme though!
     
  6. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    All I can compare is my 28.5 lb blue vs my 24lb flathead. The flathead fought hard all the way. The blue fought the hardest after about half way in. Both were great battles.
     
  7. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    I guess the name gives it away...but, Iam very partial to Flathead. We dont have blues around so I cant really say. I just know that flatties make really good runs when they take a bait...gets the adrenaline pumping after waiting all night for a bite!
     
  8. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    Pound for pound channel, I've caught blues and flatheads up to 50 lbs blues are a good fight, flatheads are better but if everybody could regularly catch 20+ lb channels I think everybody would change their mind.
     
  9. countrycat15

    countrycat15 New Member

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    if the fish were all eqaul wieght i thaink the channel would have it.
     
  10. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Pound for pound? Channel.
     
  11. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    pound for pound my wife. lol no really, just kidding I have never caught a big flathead so I have to say a blue at 75 lbs was the best fighting catfish I have caught
     
  12. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    I would say a flat, but if you ever caught a big blue in a river with a lot of current you might change your mind, they are also mighty fighters.
     
  13. bhunt

    bhunt New Member

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    I say a blue cat. I have never caught a flat.
     
  14. kccats

    kccats New Member

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    My experience has been flathead's! Especially river flathead's!
    It amazes me how they can go to the bottom and you can't hardly budge them! It astonishes me how bad they can make your back hurt!

    Blue cats fight differently. They seem to run HARD in the beginning!
    They can rip off a lot of line in a hurry!

    My judgment is solely based on the pain in my back. Flathead hands down.
     
  15. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    Idk i think pound for pound i'd have to go with a fiesty channel cat... they just seem to put up a better fight then the blues... Now don't get me wrong blues fight hard... but they are more a bulldozer and just do a head down and go rather then the channels who have their speed and are willing to go anywhere, sometimes even jump (rare i know but it happens) to get off the line...
     
  16. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    all i've caught are channels and blues...but out of them two i'd have to say blues
     
  17. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    Pound for Pound, as far as catfish go, I would have to say the flathead. He likes to be on the bottom and has the ability to stay there. I like to fight any species of cat myself. Also like JW said if bluegill would weight ten pounds, we would all be on the Brotherhood-of-bluegillfishermen. Vern
     
  18. catfishsteve

    catfishsteve New Member

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    Well, I agree with Dreadnaught, if all things are equal, lb. for lb. it's going to be the bluegill, with the smallmouth bass coming a close second. If you've ever caught a bluegill over a lb., you know what I mean! A bluegill is the only fish I've ever caught that I had break a rod. The fish was about 2 lbs.

    I've never caught a big blue, or a flathead, but they are amazingly powerful fish. A 20 lb. channel is no slouch either, I've caught plenty of those and every had one disintergrate a reel one time. I'm looking forward to having the chance to compare them to big blues and flatties!


    Peacock bass are amazingly strong for their size too, but a bluegill would still out fight them, I think.

    If bluegill grew to 5 lbs regularly, everyone would fish with saltwater tackle all the time.
     
  19. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    I thought you were speaking of any speices.
    Now that we have cleared the mud out of my eyes, let me start over, LOL!!!

    I like the freight train hit of a bluecat and theirstrong runs, but they quickly give up and start rolling, and the fight is pretty much over at that point.
    Now the Flathead on the other hand is a true fighter. From the hookset, Big Flatheads(20 +) will try to tear your gear apart in order to get loose. I like the Powerfull runs and the shear brute strength of these beasts. Once you get him to the boat/bank, the FIRST TIME the fight is half over. Once he sees the light he goes nuts and the fight starts all over, LOL!!! I have seen many lines, rods, and hearts broken at that point. Make sure you back your drag off a little when you think he is close to the surface so nothing snaps.
    Now my answer: The Flathead hands down!!!!!!
     
  20. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    I agree. Flathead hand down.. Its like trying to pull a tree stump thats pulling back in... As Jw mentioned, once it see the bank/top of water, Then Round 2 starts...