WHAT SIZE ARE THE BEST EATING SIZE TO YALL

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by catoon, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

    Messages:
    1,387
    State:
    whiteville
    i usally like 4 to 5 pound channel and blues but will go up to 10 for flat heads
     
  2. motard1

    motard1 New Member

    Messages:
    669
    State:
    TEXAS
    Up to 10 pounds.
     

  3. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

    Messages:
    8,107
    State:
    Batchtown IL.
    up to ten anything abouve lives anuther day
     
  4. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

    Messages:
    3,194
    State:
    Beebe AR
    to me the best are 3-5 lbs
     
  5. patrickgd

    patrickgd New Member

    Messages:
    809
    State:
    Memphis TN
    Personally I like 1/2-1lb. Fried Whole.
     
  6. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

    Messages:
    1,602
    State:
    Texas
    I prefer 3 to 5 but if we need fish i will kept up to 10 lbs and no more
     
  7. lforet2002

    lforet2002 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,534
    State:
    Tennessee
    My personal preference is 2-3 pounds and like mine fried whole and on the bone..But every once and a blue moon I like to make a traditional cajun dish called courtbouillion (coo-be-yawn).Its basicly a tomatoe based fish stew and the best fish to use is flathead..One fish about 10 lbs will make a nice pot and basicly what I do with it is steak it..Ok now that I got eveybody drooling including myself..Nothing over 10 lbs is my rule..
     
  8. hunted

    hunted New Member

    Messages:
    1,943
    State:
    washington court house,oh
    i like em 3-5 lbs myself.
     
  9. dburkhead

    dburkhead New Member

    Messages:
    51
    State:
    Indiana
    My "eating size" for cats are defined by two things: the min size limits for channels/blues/flatheads in Indiana caught int streams (10"), and the size at which they generally more out of the category "1" in the contamination report (16-17" for the "cleaner" waters near here). Anything between those two sizes is fair game.
     
  10. lance

    lance New Member

    Messages:
    2,658
    State:
    kentucky
    Prefer 2-5 lbs. upto 10
     
  11. Mo.Hick

    Mo.Hick Active Member

    Messages:
    1,531
    State:
    Madison Mo.
    The size that will fit into my big mouth:smile2:. Really 10 lbs and under when I feel I want a mess of fish. Usually all of my fish go back.

    Tom
     
  12. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

    Messages:
    7,305
    State:
    Shelbyville, TN
    2-4 pound catfish : channels/blues/flats are considered eating fish to me! All others go back in the water
     
  13. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

    Messages:
    2,137
    State:
    TEXAS
    any size is good to eat. cut a biggun into smaller pieces to fry and it will taste fine. for ease of preparation, 3-5 are the fastest to clean and not much to trim... so i would say 3-5 pounds would be the best all around for eating.
     
  14. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

    Messages:
    3,070
    State:
    Kentucky
    Now that I'm drooling all over myself.....Can you share your recipe for that Cajun fish stew????? Please!!!!! Never tried anything like that, but dang, that sounds good!!! I usually just take some cats up to 5 lbs and fillet them and fry them.:big_smile:
     
  15. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,059
    State:
    sc
    Well my normal standards are cats up to #10 but I haven't ate one over #6 in a very long time. I only eat fillets so the #5 and under fit my fryin pan perfect so that's what I keep. My decesion isnt based on taste cause they all taste good.
     
  16. lforet2002

    lforet2002 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,534
    State:
    Tennessee
    I'll have to think about it cause I just kinda wing it when I make it..But I'll think about how much of the ingredients I use and try to put together the recipe and create a thread soon..
     
  17. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

    Messages:
    1,387
    State:
    whiteville
    sounds good we will be waiting
     
  18. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

    Messages:
    10,351
    State:
    Philadelphia, P
    I like the fiddlers, which means under 3lbs.
     
  19. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

    Messages:
    3,764
    State:
    Yuma, Arizona
    10 pounds is definatly my cut off. Still though when it comes to size in flatheads it seems that some fish could go 10 pounds that are actually 7 or 8...those fish usually go back also.
     
  20. catfish kenny

    catfish kenny New Member

    Messages:
    6,064
    State:
    Iowa
    I eat em all if the freezor is empty but usualey 3-10 lbers all day long! As fer as best eating prepping them properly they are all good i cant tell a difference....