Posted by Snapperking on April 29, 2004 at 10:29:55:
In Reply to: Re: Guntersville Blue Gills posted by Jerry on April 29, 2004 at 01:17:23:
Well my reasoning on this is that the pond catfish is usually grain fed sort of like grain fed beef thats been penned up in a controled envoronment and doesnt have the opportunity as much to ingest stuff that gives him the strong river taste,whereas a wild catfish caught out in the river /backwater has been eating everything and anything ,and I mean everything,why do you think stink baits work so well (grin).ALso the age in a pond catfish is usually a factor in that hes not going to be as old generally speaking as a wild catfish might be thus having less time to store more untasty stuff in his flesh(you are what you eat applies here HA)The only exception is the flathead which is one of the best eating fish in the river ,but its because hes a live bait eater not a scavenger like the channels,blues ,whites and bullheads.If you ever get a chance do a taste test,the next time you catch a river cat,on the way home go to the grocery store and buy you one pond raised catfish and see for yourself!! Of course to each his own as far as taste goes you might be one of those people that like the stronger fishy taste vs the white mellow tasting fish.Either way hope you catch a lot next time out.!!
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