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November 8, 2013

Outdoor Insights

It’s been a long time coming for me, but I finally got to go on a fishing trip again this past weekend. Jeff Dodd from Vincennes and I got to go to Tennessee with the purpose of catching fish for a church fish fry that he does in Vincennes every year.

This was one of those trips where we were after the meat. We keyed in on crappie and white catfish. Even though we caught bluegill, bass, crappie, saugar, and a few other undesirables we mostly got white catfish. That area of Kentucky Lake, just over the Tennessee line is one of the places many go to catch white catfish. The white cat will take cut bait but prefer live bait such as minnows.

This feeding habit is one of the reasons that there meat is lighter and a little more desirable for food then other types other catfish. The meat is not as white as the flat head, but it’s close. This catfish sometimes gets confused with the albino cats a lot and it also resembles a blue cat, with a light blue tint. The tail is moderately forked, and the anal fin is shorter and rounder than that of channel or blue catfish. They have a blunt more-rounded head and they lack the spots that you find on a channel cat.

Have a blessed day, Jerry

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