What is an OP ?

Discussion in 'LOCAL LOUISIANA TALK' started by Bryan8552, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. Bryan8552

    Bryan8552 New Member

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    I'm from NC and was just wondering what kind of fish ya'll were referrin' to when ya'll say OP.

    Thanks,

    Bryan
     
  2. sgt_rob

    sgt_rob Member

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    That would be what a Northener would call a Flathead.
     

  3. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Really Rob. I didn't know that. LOL! I just call em flatheads.
     
  4. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz Active Member

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    Must be either LA northerners or one of those western northerners George. LOL Never heard them called OP in MI either. :wink:
     
  5. BAM

    BAM New Member

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    I grew up in norteast Texas, we referred to em as opp's.
     
  6. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz Active Member

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    I am curious as to where the term OP or OPP came from for flatheads and whether or not the OP or OPP are initials for a longer term for them.

    Thanks for any info you can give on this. :smile2:
     
  7. Itch2Scratch

    Itch2Scratch New Member

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    Correct intials would be P.O. = Pylodictis olivaris:tounge_out:
     
  8. mandisue13

    mandisue13 New Member

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  9. BAM

    BAM New Member

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    op or opp is short for oppaloosa, why and where I don't know.
     
  10. Alsey

    Alsey New Member

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    I think the spelling got changed along the line but my dad told me the name came from the coloration being similar to an appaloosa horse with the mottled spots and all.
     
  11. cuttingout69

    cuttingout69 New Member

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    Good job gents. Keep up the fine work. Bam where in east tx did you grow up?
     
  12. FishBrew

    FishBrew New Member

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  13. Buddrice

    Buddrice New Member

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    Some of the common names that I have heard are: Flathead,shovelhead & Opelousas catfish.Like Alsey said the OP comes from the coloration.
     
  14. FishBrew

    FishBrew New Member

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    also, the Opelousas tribe often painted parts of themselves black, given their darker/tanned skin in nature, that area would have a blotted look. Suppose to be a couple local lakes that looked black or very dark. The term Opelousas does refer to dark, blacken color.
     
  15. theonecatfishbob

    theonecatfishbob New Member

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    Boy you folks make me proud just to be able to say I have talked to you. What a wealth of information this place is.
     
  16. craddock1

    craddock1 Active Member

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    I remember the term oppaloosa cat when i was growing up in alabama. don't remember what it was refering to though. don't believe it was a yankee name though if it had been it would have been. thats what them #^%$ yankies call an appaloosa.
     
  17. mandisue13

    mandisue13 New Member

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    i resemble the yankee remark....LOL
     
  18. bigun12

    bigun12 New Member

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    Flat head, yeller (yellow), Op all the same thing depending on where you are at the moment I guess.
     
  19. nightrider

    nightrider New Member

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    I live about 15 minutes from Opelousas,La; it is named after a tribe of indians that settled in that area. There is also Bayou Courtableau that runs near that area and it has a good population of Flatheads in it, alot of recipes named after that bayou and the town of Opelousas.
     
  20. jim

    jim New Member

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    Jason I have had that blotted look myself!!!:big_smile: Had nothing to do with painting myself, more likely the town, and Im not Native American either.Just about anyone can achieve the blotted look by surrounding way to many Miller Lites!!!That can result in you having the DTs not to be confused with the OPs though.Normally if you have the DTs you won't be catching any OPS BUT if you catch a particularly big OP, say a state record,you could very well develope DTs from to much celebration.My experience its best to keep em separated.:smile2: :roll_eyes: :big_smile: :tounge_out: :cool2: :wink: