Posted by Snapperking on February 08, 2006 at 12:05:50:
In Reply to: Re: A word on eating catfish posted by Joseph Fristoe on February 08, 2006 at 07:57:07:
I am a biologist by degree(grin) but not in fisheries, But to make a detailed story short the old saying you are what you eat pertains to the catfish in the rivers.But its also in their genetic make up, the fact that they have a higher oil concentration in their flesh that causes them to retain lots more chemicals for a longer period of time (be they natural or man made )thus causing the stronger tasting flavor of most species of cat,Proof of this is eat a channel cat thats fresh caught out of the river ,then eat one from a pond where they are fed catfish chow!! On the other hand crappie/gills and sauger are mellow white fish because ,while they do have fish oils in them they are not as concentrated.also again they are what they eat mostly live stuff from minnows to even algae and milfoil.BUT the one exception is the Flat head cat ,he is right there with any fish as far as table fair and its because of his habit of eating bluegill and other not dead items!!Yes he has the usual catfish oils but hes not loading up on decaying chemicals .You guys need to stop letting the "cat"(no pun intended Grin) out of the bag about how good they are to eat as i will not be able to con people out of them when they want to throw that ugly nasty looking fish back !!!
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