Which catfish makes the best table fare?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by mike_4843, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. mike_4843

    mike_4843 Member

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    Which Cat fish taste the best and which are the worst
     
  2. kccatman76

    kccatman76 New Member

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    to me mike flathead is #1
     

  3. Redd

    Redd New Member

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    I've heard all three as different favorites...but I can't really taste the difference the way I usually cook them. Sorry I'm not too much help, but I'm sending the back to the top aswell.

    -Red
     
  4. airforceben

    airforceben New Member

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    never cooked up bullhead...wonder if its any different???:roll_eyes:
     
  5. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    Alley or Tabby is best.... baked, LOL!!!
    Siamese are too stringy, LMAO!!!
     
  6. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    HayJW,Them Pole Cats Ain't Bad Either.LOL. J.D.
    :beat_shot:
     
  7. Tiny

    Tiny New Member

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    I like all three but flathead belly meat is the fillet mignon of catfish. I don't fish for flathead but if I catch a decent sized one it's most likely in trouble.
     
  8. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    Bullheads taste as good as a channel, almost as good as a blue. I keep and cook bullheads no matter the size. Bit more bloody, at least to me, than the other cats.
     
  9. F150Catfish

    F150Catfish New Member

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    I eat all three catfish. Flathead tastes as great!
     
  10. Tiny

    Tiny New Member

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    if you use an electric fillet knife you can cut the gills of the bullhead and put them back in water and they'll bleed out.

    when I'm fishing and get ready to go in and clean fish at the ramp I always take all the fish out of the livewell so that I can bleed them ... when I get them all out and laying on the floor of my boat I do the pictures and then get my electric fillet knife out and pick each one up and insert the fillet knife under the gill plate and insert it behind the back gill and then turn the blade towards the gill and hit the button on the fillet knife and cut one or two of the gills and then put the fish back into the livewell and then get the next one and do the same ... I keep the bilge pump running so that they'll be in 0-gravity with water over them and their hearts will pump almost all the blood out of their bodies making cleaning them a lot less messy and it's easier to clean up also along with them being dead or near dead by the time I get back to the ramp. this only works if you put them back into the water ... if you cut their gills and leave them out in the air they won't bleed out. when I put them back into the livewell the water looks like pure blood for a while until the bilge freshens the water in the livewell. then I remove the fish and fillet them and bag them and throw them in the icechest ... they require a little extra cleaning when I get them home and prepare them for the freezer but without the blood it's a lot easier to clean up the fillets for the freezer.
     
  11. Swampy

    Swampy New Member

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    Channels & spotted bullheads are the best,to me anyway.
     
  12. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    I really enjoy the Flatheads but we don't have many around here, so it's Channels & Bullheads for me.
     
  13. MoMudCat

    MoMudCat New Member

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    flatheads, hands down. :big_smile:
     
  14. Catgirl

    Catgirl New Member

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    :lol: J.D. Haven't ever served one up myself....bad enough to have one OUTSIDE the house, like this mornin' when I took the dog out and 'bout got knocked down by the odor in the air. One of those boogers had been in my recycling bin :tounge_out: and left me a string of empty cans across the yard!

    Mike, I prefer eating blues, but flatheads are a close second :smile2:.
     
  15. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Flats are good, blues are to, channels are O.K. just less filling:lol: .
     
  16. Sparky Larson

    Sparky Larson New Member

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    I try to bleed out every fish I plan on eating. I have a special stainless steel rig I made. It looks like a make shift safty pin, but it is made from 1/4" stainless rod. I hook on one fish at a time, cut the gills and throw them over board, while we head back to the dock. Like you say Tiny, it elimiates a lot of mess when you go to filet them.
    I bleed all large fish. Salmon, trout, walleye, pike, and catfish.
    Sparky
     
  17. wylie catter

    wylie catter Member

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    From my experience 2 to 3lb blues are the best to eat. I've had a lot of people tell me my fish is better than any they've had in a fish camp. But they might be lying lol. By the way how are yall using electric fillet knives on the boat. Some kind of battery connector?
     
  18. mudkip

    mudkip New Member

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    I would prefer to eat small blue cats 2-4 pounds than any other catfish. Small channels 1-3 pounds are good but get a little strong unless you cut out all the red meat near the lateral line. Small yellow bullheads from fresh running rivers are excellent fried whole on the bone.
     
  19. Gordhawk

    Gordhawk New Member

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    You must have a damn long,waterproof extension cord if you're using an electric filleting knife in your boat!LOL Any catfish if it's cooked right works for me.
    Glenn
     
  20. kyredneck

    kyredneck New Member

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    Right on, Jim. Snow white and delicious.