What is a Mudcat?

Discussion in 'KANSAS RIVERS TALK' started by Mr. Foster, May 1, 2009.

  1. Mr. Foster

    Mr. Foster New Member

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    When I was a young boy i used to hear my grandpa talk about catching huge mudcats. I remember him saying they werent good to eat and they were hard to pull out of the water because they lay in the mud and dont move around much. I googled them and I saw bullheads called mudcats, flatheads called mudcats and one mudcat didnt even have a picture. So I am jus curious, what do you guys think or know?
     
  2. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    well growing up it was bullheads that i always heard called mud cats
     

  3. FLATHEAD STEVE

    FLATHEAD STEVE New Member

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    It was a flathead your gramps was talking about... It's the only "mud cat" that is hard to pull out... aka yellow cat ect. It all matters where your from that changes the name... if a bullhead gets tuff to pull out.... maybe it's time to hang the rods up for good:smile2:
     
  4. jkm4874ford

    jkm4874ford New Member

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    It is a Flathead. Had someone look at one of my jugs last weekend and tell me I had a mud cat, turned out to be a flat head.
     
  5. byoung

    byoung Member

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    I agree; it's a flathead he was talkin about. I also agree, they're good to eat. I don't think bullheads are that palatable. We caught a lot of bullheads growing up and we never kept them to eat; and we were poor so we didn't throw many fish back that were edible. My grandpa still has a hard time throwing fish back. I call it child of the depression syndrome; if it gets any worse I might have to start following his example!
     
  6. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    Some folks are just picky eaters; I think flatheads taste pretty good.
    Put to it, I'd rather eat crappie or walleyes most of the time. Never
    had anything bad to say about bullheads outside of their skill with
    those spikes in their pectoral fins. Oh, yeah, mudcat, yellow cat
    shovelhead and flathead are all synonyms for the same species. To
    make matters more confusing some used to call large channel cats
    mudcats. Of course, reading wasn't popular amongst catfishermen
    back then. Most of them were just glad to be out of chains and a
    little further north than before.
     
  7. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Flathead catfish; Pylodictis olivarisis - pylodictis Greek meaning "mud fish", and olivaris is Latin for "olive-colored. Case closed! lol :wink:
     
  8. mankind

    mankind New Member

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    growing up my grandpa called them mudcats aka flatties:wink:
     
  9. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Technically, there is no such thing as a "mudcat". :eek:oooh: That's the simple factual answer.

    Mudcat is a slang term that different people assign to different catfish in different parts of the country. Most country folk did not know the technical or correct name for the different catfish, and even if they did most were incapable of telling them apart. So, these slang terms came along.
     
  10. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    Well, Ictalurus punctatus to you, Mr. Lineaus! Oh, no! He blinded me with
    science! Wiseacre, indeed, there Jack!
     
  11. REBELYELL1861

    REBELYELL1861 New Member

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    FLATHEAD WHAT

    I V ALWAYS HERD THEM CALLED MUDCATS OR YELLA CATS
     
  12. n2fishn

    n2fishn New Member

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    Just watch for Kyle's fish catching post and you will see what a "mudcat" is....:smile2::smile2:
     
  13. sscharlie

    sscharlie Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the slang terms, Its different all over. I had bullhead (mudcats) State of MO. and (yella bellies) State of ILL. So what is an Op catfish? How about it Texas !:wink: who knew greek besides a priest back in the 30's ,not me, my pa and grpa