Hi BrianTx01. I'm sorry to change the subject but your post caught me off guard . What is the general consensus in the cat fisherman's community on size limits for catch and release. I'm new to cat fishing in Texas and have never caught 20+ lb. cat fish, but if I did and took it home and posted pics I would hate to be flamed and find out It would have been better to release it. Also a fisherman told my son that when cat fish get too big they are not good tasting anymore. Can someone enlighten me what size would be too big for the dinner table. Thank you.
Personally, I like to harvest fish between 5 and 10#. This way I only have to clean a few fish and I get a lot of good tasting fish. Cleaning really large fish is difficult and messy.
There are a several good reasons to release large fish. First, a 30# fish will grow to be a 50# fish much more quickly than a 5# fish. Secondly, a fish that has grown to be 30#+ has superior genetics. Many fish can live to be 20+ years and never pass 20#s. Third, I don't want to eat anything that has been in Grapevine Lake for 20+ years.