Should bullheads be considered panfish?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Rajun_Cajun, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. Rajun_Cajun

    Rajun_Cajun New Member

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    i was reading an article in the 2006 guide of catfish insider by infisherman, and i was reading an article about bullheads. it says people are wanting to consider bullheads being panfish becuase tehnically they fall into every catagorie of a panfish. there great fro beginning fisherman, they steel your bait, there great table fare, you can catch them one after another which means they give you non-stop action. so tell me thats not everything a bluegill or any other panfish would be. i dunno i am kinda for both sides because i do think they should fall into the panfish categorie yet they're still a catfish though. but tell me your opinions and what you think cause i would love to here! still i dont know why, but bullheads are my favorite catfish. :004:
     
  2. Chief

    Chief New Member

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    i do beleive all panfish have scales. bullheads dont thus making them catfish. along with all the sensory organs a bullhead packs like his big brothers. there a catfish hands down
     

  3. Rajun_Cajun

    Rajun_Cajun New Member

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    i am going to have to agree with you on that one chief
     
  4. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    if it looks like a catfish and it taste like a catfish... its a catfish.
     
  5. micus

    micus New Member

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    I was always told that "panfish" referred to the size of the cleaned fish--whether it would fit in a skillet in one piece or not.
     
  6. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    in the scientific classifications bullheads are catfish but not the same genus as channels, blues and many other catfish species (bulls are Ameiurus along with white cats ... and channels, etc are Ictalurus) Flatheads are a totally different Genus as well...

    They are generally not classified as panfish either... though their size generally lends them perfectly for the frying pan.

    I guess if you must you can call them pancatfish...
     
  7. back channel

    back channel Member

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    I would have to agree with Chief of this one. They should be considered a catfish.
     
  8. nuthinlikeacat

    nuthinlikeacat New Member

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    Definition of a Panfish-
    a small fish, such as bluegill, that is caught on a hook and line and considered to be good eating; generally, a small enough fish to be cooked whole in a pan without having to cut into smaller pieces

    To each their own I guess.
     
  9. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Bullheads are a catfish, they look like one and taste like one.
     
  10. NCCatter

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    A question I have about it is what if they made bullheads a panfish? Then wouldn't there be regulations on manner of taking and size/creel limits? I vote leave them in the catfish family cuz they are some good eatin, no matter the size. Forgive me all you die hard C&R brothers!!
     
  11. APD1146

    APD1146 New Member

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    :rolleyes: How big is the fish verus the of size is the pan?

    Saying bullheads taste like catfish so they must be catfish is like saying gaters, froglegs, woodchuck, or turtle taste like chicken so they must be chicken.
    Just my humouous thoughts on the subject. ;)

    Keep your lines wet.
     
  12. wayne7009

    wayne7009 New Member

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    i dont much care for bullheads they just to small they swallow the hook to there buttho not much meat lol
     
  13. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    not necessarily a "pan" fish, rather a "deep-fried" fish:D
     
  14. NCCatter

    NCCatter Member

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    See, you have to catch alot of them in order to justify catching them for food. That's why (IMHO) they should remain in the catfish species, so there is no limit on the number you can catch. JMHO
     
  15. David Knotts

    David Knotts New Member

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    Pan fish, or cat fish, I'll still eat em. One and all.