St John's -Sat

Discussion in 'FLORIDA RIVERS TALK' started by Phantom309, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. Phantom309

    Phantom309 New Member

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    Well, actually I was crappie fishin, and finally caught me a cat.
    Am right in the middle of my crappie season, but always looking for cats. Eventually, when the crappie bite slacks off, I'll be targeting cats specifically.
    Thought I'd post this pic/post just to keep the board active a bit.
    Not a good pic of the cat but, he was a blue (I think) weight=2lbs 4oz.
    Have a nice day
    Danny
     
  2. Plowboy411

    Plowboy411 New Member

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    thanks for posting the picture.Nice stringer you have there.:cool2:
     

  3. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    nice bunch of crappie :wink:
     
  4. Pirate Jerry

    Pirate Jerry New Member

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    Can't really say from the picture but i would almost be willing to bet you caught a baby channel cat. The St Johns river and Dunn's creek has some GREAT BIG CATS and some really big Bass. Fish the outside of a curve, use you fishfinder and find 15 to 25 feet deep with log type structure. drift a 5 or 6 inch bream free lined through it had hang on !!!
     
  5. reeftank

    reeftank New Member

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    nice fish its a channel cat or a white there is no blues or flats this far down in florida you have to go to thr pan handel for them that is a bad thing
     
  6. Phantom309

    Phantom309 New Member

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    Yep, I know nothing about ID'ng these things. I know the Bullheads (Yellow bellies/Butterballs) but the others, I'm lost.
    How bout this, this cat had a few spots (like freckles) on it's sides. I've caught em with more. Folks call em "Speckled cats", but I find no reference as to what a speckled cat is, etc.
    I would say a "Channel" would be a better guess for me.......
     
  7. goingfishin

    goingfishin New Member

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    Nice stringer of crappie.
     
  8. Phantom309

    Phantom309 New Member

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    Yeah, I found it....


    Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
    Other Common Names
    spotted catfish, speckled catfish, silver catfish, fork-tailed catfish
     
  9. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    Yes it's definately a Channel Cat, I do catch Blues down here quite often.

    Good luck & that's a nice bunch of Specks :big_smile:
     
  10. matt22va

    matt22va New Member

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    There's two ways I can tell if the fish is a channel or a blue:
    1. When I grab the fish my hand is just behind his head, my thumb goes under one pectoral (I think)fin and the opposite pectoral sticks out between my index and middle so I have good control and don't get poked. With a blue up to about 10lbs, I will be holding the dorsal fin down under my hand, channel's dorsal fin sets further back and a 3lber's dorsal fin will be behind my hand.

    2. The guaranteed way to be sure is to count the anal fin rays. If i want to know for sure i will spread the anal fin and let a buddy count the rays cause doing it by yourself with a few beers in ya, well let's just say you can get lost. A blue will always have at least 29 rays and a channel will never have more than 27 or 28 anal fin rays. I think the exact number is 27 at most.
     
  11. bad apple

    bad apple New Member

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    you defintely had a channel cat....nice mess of specks though...
     
  12. vacatfishin'

    vacatfishin' New Member

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