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Catfish caught from hoop nets

Caught 75 channel/blue cats from my hoop nets yesterday. Cleaned them down to fillets and came out with 10 quarts of meat...
February 17, 2010 at 4:50pm
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bullbowfinProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 5:19pm
Calcasieu?

Did you catch those in the Calcasieu River?

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Hollow PointProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 5:38pm
Mermentau

Negative....North on the Mermentau was the producer

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speck-MASTERProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 5:58pm
catfish

how many hoop nets did yu have

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Hollow PointProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 6:04pm
3

Had three nets set for three days with the high water moving

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speck-MASTERProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 6:13pm
bait

what kind of bait did yu put in the net.. i have 2 and never used them and i want to start using them

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JBProfile Photo
JB
Posted February 17, 2010 at 6:14pm
Legal Stuff

You do know it's illegal to drink a cold beer when frying them right????

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Matthew L.Profile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 6:15pm
RE:

First, GREAT CATCH !!!! Looks like it's supper time.

Not sure where you were, but just remember that the law states no hoop nets south of I-10. I am sure this will not apply to you.......but just be "thoughtful" of posting and description of location. not trying to get into your buisness, just giving some friendly information.

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FF_T_WarrenProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 6:16pm
fun

that looks like fun right there i aint a big fan of catfish but that looks like a blast

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Hollow PointProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 6:27pm
Correct

You are correct Mathew and thanks for giving out the warning for others, I have my commercial and hoop net gear liscense so I'm legal south of I-10......Stink cheese was the bait

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Matthew L.Profile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 6:29pm
RE:

I use cattle sweet feed. I also have the commercial license so i am south also. Been doing good, but have not hit them that hard since last year. Well done.

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rabbitchaserProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 7:59pm
lake des allmends

If it wasnt so far of a drive for you this would be the place to run your nets, most times 75 catfish in one net would be a joke, already had times where two men would struggle to role the net into the boat.

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AMERICAN STALLIONProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 8:29pm
hoop netting

Nice job there hollowpoint!

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speck-MASTERProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:13pm
cheese

were can yu buy stink cheese

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catprofProfile Photo
Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:19pm
catprof

nice mess of fish. I live in Crowley and am looking for a good catfishing spot in the local area. Any suggestions for the mermentau or Plaquemine waterways.

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Hollow PointProfile Photo
Posted February 18, 2010 at 5:14pm
Plaqumine or Mermentau

The Plaqumine or Mermentau are both very productive when the water is moving. Have already caught more than enough using trot-lines and limb lines using small crawfish or fresh shad as bait. I p/u 30#'s of stink cheese at LA Net & Twine in Lafayette, but if you do not plan on doing it often 1 bottle of 16 oz Parmisane Cheese stinks enough.

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Duck enticerProfile Photo
Posted February 18, 2010 at 6:11pm
Looks like a trip to Catfish Heaven to me

Nice trip. I wouldn't recommend eating those fish or selling them to anyone. There is a stern advisory against eating too many fish meals out of Plaquemine or Nezpique. No more than one fish meal per month. Mercury. Check it out.

http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/page.asp?id=205&detail=6532

I live on Plaquemine and don't eat the fish out of it period. Be careful

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Posted February 18, 2010 at 6:14pm
oops

I apologize. You can eat cats out of these bayous. It is Bowfin, Crappie and Largemouth that are the worst. Seems like Catfish would suffer bio magnification just like the other species, but I'm no MD.

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AMERICAN STALLIONProfile Photo
Posted February 18, 2010 at 8:46pm
?

yea i wouldnt eat any of those fish. I wouldnt advise anyone to fish there either. Fishing aint worth a crap over there.

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speckspankerProfile Photo
Posted February 19, 2010 at 2:11pm
Looks like some yellow cats

or "Pollywods" in there as well, not to be mistaken with the flatheads, spotted cat, or Opelousas cat. My dad used to have a commercial license and fished 30-40 nets in the Nezpique. Some of the best catfish I've ever eaten. He didn't keep any yellow cats though...said the meat was bloody.

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Duck enticerProfile Photo
Posted February 19, 2010 at 3:07pm
Channel Cats

I am almost certain those are all channel's, they just have a slightly yellow complexion. Mudcats look different, they have a different shaped head and body.

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MarshratProfile Photo
Posted February 19, 2010 at 7:51pm
Channel cats

Duck Enticer, you are right they are channel cats and not the polywog. Although in my book they would all be thrown back. Keep the flatheads and throw all others back.

Hollow Point, how many nets are you fishing?

Warren

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Hollow PointProfile Photo
Posted February 19, 2010 at 8:38pm
Very good

Marshrat, the nets are doing very good, and thanks for the advise, when my chopper hit the ground I took off to take care of business. All that rain last week made all the rivers move good. Looks like we should get more in the next week. I keep getting to my nets hopping theres an old ornery flathead made it in, just not yet.

American Stallion, you are very correct. Fishing for anything but catfish with moving water is not good in any of the bayous around Acadia parish. I still just go to the basin to get my Sac-a-lait....

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