What a weird looking fish

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by laidbck111, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

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    The Firewood Catfish aka Shovelnose Catfish is a large catfish that reaches sizes of up to five feet long; however the body is elongated and the fish don't weight very much compared to their length. They actually look like they are starving.

    The firewood catfish has a flat head with very very long barbels. Which you can plainly see in the picture above and they are native to the Amazon and Orinoco River basins.

    This specimen was actually caught by a fisherman in California. So obviously someone has released a store bought aquarium fish into the wild. This is illegal and various exotic can cause havoc with native species. What would you do if you reeled this thing in?
     
  2. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    that is very cool.....and very weird....thanks
     

  3. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    SCREAM :eek:oooh:
     
  4. I would just keep it on a stringer and called the game and parks till they came to take a look.
     
  5. Kyle

    Kyle New Member

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    Change lakes. Nice post laidbck, thanks for shareing
     
  6. Swampy

    Swampy New Member

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    I would report it to Fish & Game.

    Who knows they may be good fried up with hushpuppies.
     
  7. P Caruthers

    P Caruthers New Member

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    I would probly donate that to and aquarium becasue I've never seen anything like it.
     
  8. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Its almost as ugly as those bass thingy's. Id report it to the d.e.c.
     
  9. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Pretty wild, they are not around here. Overseas, keep them there. LMAO
     
  10. Fatkat

    Fatkat New Member

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    So that's where fish sticks come from, I've always wondered. :lol:
     
  11. elalr

    elalr New Member

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    thats interesting. what type of water was it caught in
     
  12. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    It wouold be a nice looking fish for an aquarium. I would freak out if i caught it around here.
     
  13. katcatchingfool

    katcatchingfool New Member

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    thats a weird looking fish for sure some of the little ponds around here people have caught piranhas i think they end up draining the hole pond relocating the fish that are still in there and then restocking the pond all over again any time people let pets go becase they dont want them anymore it turns out to be a no good situation ive seen people let dogs go on public hunting ground i herd Quaker parrots are illegle in the state of pa because of the devestation they do to crops i could go on and on about this topic put its so hard typing with one hand
     
  14. swampthang_matt

    swampthang_matt New Member

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    i would keep it:cool2:
     
  15. countrygirl0569

    countrygirl0569 New Member

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    That is one UGLY fish...
     
  16. CamFish3210

    CamFish3210 New Member

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    how.....exotic. supposedly youre suppose to kill non-native fish, theres a thing called a "kill-it" list that has names of fish that have been introduced to north america and if caught, its illegal to release it back where you got it. i would def. call a game warden to see if they wanted to take a look so they would be aware that they are living in local waters
     
  17. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    I`m glad they don`t have nothing like that in Arkansas I hope not:waaaht:
     
  18. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    Fresh water some where in california
     
  19. caymancat

    caymancat New Member

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    I would like to catch one of those, its nice to see something new.
     
  20. cnwamw

    cnwamw New Member

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    thay would make you sratch your head for a minute