To those who might know?

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by STUMPKNOCKER, May 20, 2007.

  1. STUMPKNOCKER

    STUMPKNOCKER New Member

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    with blues starting to show up in the altamaha river, what impact of any will it have on the flathead population, and the channels?
     
  2. slipbobber

    slipbobber New Member

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    they shouldnt have much...here in kentucky in my opinion i dont think they put a damping on the fishing
     

  3. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    when small, blues and channels will school together, that's about the only new thing you should notice!
     
  4. south_va_fisherman

    south_va_fisherman New Member

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    maybe a small competition between the falts and blues for food? probably the only difference is more fish!
     
  5. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    No problems. The fish will feed more competitively. This will be a plus for the fisherman.:lol::big_smile:
     
  6. TIM HAGAN

    TIM HAGAN New Member

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    Your blues and channel will school togetherI have found that the bigger blues will stay off by themselfs. So when I find a school of cats I ways look just off the deeper waters and most of the time I will find some bigger fish holding there.
     
  7. STUMPKNOCKER

    STUMPKNOCKER New Member

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    Right now the biggest i have seen is maybe 8-10#, how long in years do u think it will be till i can fish a gill head for a 30# or up?
     
  8. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    If theres 8 to 10 lbrs in there, then theres more than likely already 30 lbrs in there.Somethin had to have those smaller fish and a mature old enough to spawn blue should be at least 10 to 20 lbs or bigger.If the ones it had are already are 8 to 10 lbs then it should be at least in the 30's if they are having a normal growth rate.This is just a rough estimant based on growth charts and studies that I've read.They may have an even faster growth rate on the Altamaha.
     
  9. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    The blues may depress the channels a bit, but prolly not much. Blues and flatheads tend to live together pretty happily - the blues' diets are a bit different: they'll eat clams, fiddler crabs, shrimp, and whatever. They are incredibly flexible. When blues do eat fish, it's usually the schooling baitfish types (like menhaden, shad - that sort of thing) rather than the brim and smaller cats and such that flatheads prefer.

    The blues also prefer decent size water. From the one trip I made to the lower Altamaha, I am thinking they will absolutley love the tidewater stretches from a bit below Altamaha park down to where it gets too salty for them. In the river above there I would expect to see mostly small blues - nice eaters - with an occasional good fish (above 10) for a surprise bonus. This is pretty much the situation on the Edisto. If your tops now are 10 pounds, I'd expect that to go a couple of pounds per year at first. Once they get bigger, it will start to level off.
     
  10. greg

    greg USCA - STAFF Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I do not think the impact will be to bad as blues seem to coexist pretty well in the bigger rivers ( Missouri, Missisippi and the Ohio ) and the altamaha is a real fertile watershed with a good forage base, Blueback herring, and assorted shad species for the blues. It is entirely possible that it will make the flatheads even more aggresive feeders.