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i went out to a pond behinf my cousins house with my uncle yestersay and my only cath besides a snapping turtle was this catfish.well i am not to familiar with catfish and was wondering if anyone knows what kind this is

P.S.im sorry for the crappy pic, it was from my cell phone

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I dunno it looks like a world record bullhead  :-?....but it just may be the picture , I cannot see its head or tip of its tail real good.

My guess would be a blue cat with an odd color

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BK i just looked at my pic and it isnt very big 2 pounds at the most(guessing from its size when i caught it) it just looked big because i had to get my phone really close to it to get a halfway decent pic of him/her...if it helps my uncle in the back ground is about 2 feet behind it

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ok it looked bigger in the pic , my guess is a bullhead then 99 percent sure, You can eat them but cut the fat meat out it gets strong.

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Did the tail have a severe fork?

If so, channel cat.  If it was rounded (and it appears to be so given the photo), bullhead.

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ok as i already siad i dont know squat bout catfish and was wondering if you can lip them in the mouth like a bass???

BTW those are some huge fish ya got there Mossy

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You can lip a cat, just be prepared to lose some skin.

Think bass teeth multiplied by 20.

I wore through the fingers of a new leather glove last summer running a trot line.

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I would say it is either a brown or yellow bullhead.

bullhead have more rounded tail and channel cats have for of a forked tail.

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DO not lip a catfish, especially a large one.  There teeth are like sand paper but what really hurts is there jaw pressure.  Many times they'll chomp down and start barrel rolling.  Its best to hold them by tightly holding there failfin, and placing your hand under there stomach.  Rubber net is the best way though.

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ok as i already siad i dont know squat bout catfish and was wondering if you can lip them in the mouth like a bass???

You can with channel cats, don't do it with the other ones though, unless you have a crowbar handy to pry your thumb out.

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