What size to eat

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by troyedm, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. troyedm

    troyedm New Member

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    what is the best size catfish for eating? i've heard that the really big ones are not that good.
     
  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Anything under 10lbs is pretty good.My favorite is 3-5lbers.I throw all over 10lbs back.
     

  3. F150Catfish

    F150Catfish New Member

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    yea same Catfishjohn said.
     
  4. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I think the 1 to 10 lbers are the best eating.
     
  5. coolarrow2

    coolarrow2 New Member

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    It all has to do with where you catch them. Lake cats get so fat that you can not eat them when they get over 10lb or so. But river cats are different. I can catch a 30 or 40lb flathead and the meat is super eating. The tail gets a little red but all the rest is white. Very little waste on a big river cat. I filleted out a 67lb flathead and we got 35lbs of boneless meat. Man was that good eating! We smoked a fillet on the pit and wow!
     
  6. slimepig

    slimepig New Member

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    ye, i love the steaks off those big yellers, but my preference is a good 2-3 pound channel. ummm deep fried that is.
     
  7. pythonjohn

    pythonjohn New Member Supporting Member

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    I have eaten some big catfish but my favorite size is 2-3 pound fried with bone in.
     
  8. cumberlandcat

    cumberlandcat New Member

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    I let all of mine go the last couple of years but the 2 to 3 lbers are the best eating to me. I would check your lake or river advisory for fish eating. One rule of thumb if they are glowing when you pull them out don't touch or eat.
     
  9. troyedm

    troyedm New Member

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    thanks guys now i know what to catch and release.
     
  10. Bullhead61

    Bullhead61 New Member

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    Here in Wisconsin, I fish a medium size river. For flats, the bigger the better. I have had people think they're eating chicken tenders when I fry some big chunks. Never any leftovers.:wink:
     
  11. catdaddy007

    catdaddy007 Member

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    I like 2 to 5 lb. blues and channels but a flathead don't get to big.
     
  12. coldgold

    coldgold New Member

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    Ill have to agree with bullhead and coolarrow,, the bigger the flathead the better, and you'll get about half the weight of the fish in good meat,, i dont think you can say that about any other fish
     
  13. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    i eat the 3-6# ers but only a few times a year. like cumberland posted, watch your adviseries, especialy if your feeding your children.
     
  14. richard dunbar

    richard dunbar New Member

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    3/4 of a pound to 5lbs. I never ate a cat over 5 that did'nt have some kind of aftertaste or that was'nt mushy. Eat small thats all :lol:
     
  15. flathead20000

    flathead20000 New Member

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    I agree with everyone for the most part when it comes to channels or blues, I don't eat anything over 5 or 6 pounds, all flatheads are good, and in my opinion they are as good eating as any fish out there that swims, and they don't get musty tasting when they get big, just trim off the red meat. With that being said I still let all over ten pounds go. They are just to much of a treat to catch rather than to eat>>>
     
  16. catfishing is fun

    catfishing is fun New Member

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    i like the fish 2-5lb to eat
     
  17. rich-online

    rich-online New Member

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    For the channels, ~2.5# is ideal for me. The 7# fish I caught did not have a good texture.
     
  18. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    i dont keep anything less than 3 lbs and hevent caught any over 12 so anything goes with me
     
  19. Joe

    Joe Member

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    flatheads, unlike the others seem to stay good even in larger sizes. I just don't like to kill the bigger ones. There are plenty of smaller ones to eat. Not too small thought with the flatheads or they are just all head. Everyone just has to make their own mind up on this.
     
  20. lroyal

    lroyal New Member

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    any size flathead is good eating. smaller channels are better than big ones though.
    Lee