What kinda catfish is that?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by jailcop2, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. jailcop2

    jailcop2 New Member

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    Hi all just joined and have gotten alot of good stuff from this site . Got a question ? This fish was caught in s/w Iowa ,looks just like it did coming out of the water [ if I can get the pic sent ] if not ... it was black on the back w/ ablack saddle, white / gray belly w/ black spots on it . Iowa DNR called it a speckled cat and that it was rare . I can't find anything about it anywhere ,bout a 10 pounder.
    Thanks
    Jailcop2
     

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  2. claycntyjoe

    claycntyjoe New Member

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    Welcome to the board Brian.

    Thanks for the pic. I have never seen a cat like that before. Looks like it is half albino.
     

  3. tanner

    tanner New Member

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    welcome to the BOC!

    now that's an odd looking cat....
     
  4. LarryW

    LarryW New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC. Can't help you on what kind of cat it is but hope someone here can
     
  5. tanner

    tanner New Member

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    speckled catfish is another name for a channel cat...but that's no channel cat...unless he has leprosy or something. :big_smile:
     
  6. OBXterraSC

    OBXterraSC New Member

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    I've never seen one like that, either. Maybe it's a calico cat.:big_smile:
     
  7. tehrealmccoy

    tehrealmccoy New Member

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    It looks like a cross-breed between a yellow and black bullhead. How did you catch him what bait?
     
  8. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    just going by the shape of the head/mouth and what little detail i can get out of the picture it looks like a mutated channel catfish... the over bite on the fish is a good indication (but not absolute) and since the fin isn't detailed there isn't much to base it on... The other possibility is a Very large (you said it was 10 lbs?) bullhead, probably brown w/ that speckling on it...
     
  9. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Take it off of the wall Bryan, and count the rays in the bottom fin for us. That should help narrow it down.
     
  10. jailcop2

    jailcop2 New Member

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    Thanks for the response all ! This cat was caught on night crawlers , I messed w/ wht I think was this fish for about an hour berfore hooking him .Very light bights like a dink . The localbait shop owner called the local DNR & they sent pics to Des Moines to the game biologist. the fish weight was 9lbs10ozs.
    jailcop2
     
  11. jailcop2

    jailcop2 New Member

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    Near as I can tell it has 23 rays
    jailcop
     
  12. TA2D

    TA2D New Member

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    I just happen to have my handy-dandy Common Fishes of Nebraska Identification Guide on me it states:

    Channel Cat 24-29 rays in the anal fin, spots not present on large fish
    Blue Cat 30 or more rays in the anal fin

    thats all the help that I can be of, could be a channel? It looks like it may have a pigment abnormality like piebaldism - I think thats the word for it, it is basically a complete lack of pigment in areas of the skin, unlike an albino or partial albino which have the pigment in the skin, it is just white or pinkish.

    TA2D

    Aaron
     
  13. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    Looks like a partial albino channel to me.
     
  14. tehrealmccoy

    tehrealmccoy New Member

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    Is the tail forked? It's hard to tell in the picture.. Could it possibly be a cross breed or a mutation of some kind?
     
  15. caatstalker

    caatstalker New Member

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    have cout them on the ark riv before kerr system grand ma used to call them appalousa cats. old school
     
  16. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    I Have Caught Several Lately Here In FL. That Very Closely Resemble The One In Your Picture.

    The First One I Caught, I Paraded It Around Asking Everyone What It Was & Most Of THem Said The Same Thing,"Speckled Catfish". IMHO I Believe That The Ones Here Are Some Type Of Mutation Due To All The Fertilizer Runoff We Get From The Nearby Sugarfields.

    Letcha Know If I Find Out Otherwise, Elliot:embarassed:
     
  17. tehrealmccoy

    tehrealmccoy New Member

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    Excuse me, but could you please refrain from using capitals at the beginning of every word? Makes it easier to read. :)

    And yeah, speckled catfish sounds like a fitting name. :)
     
  18. armynavy

    armynavy New Member

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    Almost looks like a cross between a flathead and a channel that didn't get all the pigments right, head and tail resemble a flat when zoomed in on. But beats me still a cool looking fish.
     
  19. flathead willie

    flathead willie Well-Known Member

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    Did you catch him near a nuclear power plant?
     
  20. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

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    I have seen some very similar to that one, my grandfather has some like it in his small ponds and he calls them Appalousa cats and are very rare and could be cross breeds of different cats mostly from the bullhead family.
    Thats about all I can tell you but if you find out for sure, let us know so we can get it right.


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