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i dont know for sure but i think "spoonbill catfish" is a slang word like "shovelhead catfish" or "banker". i dont think they would be clasified as in the catfish family. someone correct me if im wrong, please.
 

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i dont know for sure but i think "spoonbill catfish" is a slang word like "shovelhead catfish" or "banker". i dont think they would be clasified as in the catfish family. someone correct me if im wrong, please.
Tim-- There is a shovelhead catfish in South America, that is a true catfish. You sometimes see them in pet stores, but they will suprise their new owners because they can easily reach 6' in length.

I am not familar with a fish called a "banker" but it is probably a bottom feeder (like a lawyer) and not truly a noble catfish:wink: (just kidding)
 

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Someone needs to tell thta lady a sponbill is not a catfish, what a freakin dumb blond! Get your facts straight before you post somethin like that, lol! OTher than that not a bad video.
 

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A spoonbill is not a catfish, but they are commonly referred to in some areas as spoonbill catfish.
 

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some people should bother to research what they say before making something like this. yes their numbers are limited. it is a paddlefish. no where close to a catfish, it is possibly a very distant relative of sharks and their skeleton is largely made of cartilage. they are also filter feeders for the most part, similar to basking sharks, whale sharks etc. most that are caught on hook and line in the mouth are by accident as the fish swims around with it's mouth open filtering out various types of zooplankton and ends up getting a bait in it's mouth......and then there are the snaggers....don't get me started on them....:angry:
 

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they are not a catfish they are closer related to a stergeon,no bone just cartilige good eating and mainly harvested their eggs the rest is usually throughn away.such a waste
 

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Thanks for the video Al.

A lot of folks call them Spoonbill Cats, doesn't mean we all literally think they are CATFISH, just what we heard em called growing up.

People sure gettin' fussy on here about it.

Thanks again.
 

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Paddle fish are in the sturgeon family, and one of the oldest species of fish. Paddle fish and sturgeon do not spawn until they are quite old. A sturgeon is around twenty years old before it first spawns and then only every two to four years after that. I think a paddle fish is some where around 12 years old before they spawn. The DWR in Louisiana reports that in the last decade they have been able to successfully artificially inseminate and hatch the eggs of paddle fish and release them into the rivers. Because of their success of this, Paddle fish can legally be harvested here, with a 2 per day limit, and a 30 inch lower jaw fork length. ( about 10 or 12 lbs.)
 

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They are deffinately cool/funky fish. I never could understand why they are sometimes called spoonbill catfish, though.
 
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