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#10966872 - 07/09/15 05:00 PM Keepers?
Suvi Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 04/28/15
Posts: 14
Loc: Lake Lewisville, TX
Thought to ask here, since you all seem to be quite knowledgeable... I usually fish for bass, but recently catching catfish only.

Which ones are worth keeping, or taste the best? Size? I find bass easier to clean and they don't gurgle at me... nor have spikes that I have to be really careful about. But, since they are biting, may need to keep'em food

I fish Lewisville, if that makes a difference.

Thanks
S.

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#10966878 - 07/09/15 05:06 PM Re: Keepers? [Re: Suvi]
mjmetro0719 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 10/25/02
Posts: 3938
Loc: saginaw,tx
I prefer to eat the ones 1lb to 5lbs, that is just my preference. I think a majority will say up to ten pounds but I like the smaller ones.
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#10966881 - 07/09/15 05:06 PM Re: Keepers? [Re: Suvi]
ChuChu1 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 3123
Loc: Gonzales, Tx
I prefer the 1 to 3 pounders.
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#10966887 - 07/09/15 05:12 PM Re: Keepers? [Re: mjmetro0719]
taterpop Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/30/13
Posts: 802
Originally Posted By: mjmetro0719
I prefer to eat the ones 1lb to 5lbs, that is just my preference. I think a majority will say up to ten pounds but I like the smaller ones.
A+ on the 1 to 5 also to me the hotter it gets the more the biggens taste off. If I catch a limit I would like 1/2 of them to be small enough to fry or bake whole.

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#10966902 - 07/09/15 05:19 PM Re: Keepers? [Re: Suvi]
Suvi Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 04/28/15
Posts: 14
Loc: Lake Lewisville, TX
Thanks all!! Any kind taste better than others?

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#10966987 - 07/09/15 06:04 PM Re: Keepers? [Re: Suvi]
ChuChu1 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 3123
Loc: Gonzales, Tx
Originally Posted By: Suvi
Thanks all!! Any kind taste better than others?


To me, channels and blues caught from a lake taste the same. But if you want the very best tasting, catch a batch of channel cats from the San Marcos river. Cooler water and no yellow fat along the backbone. Their diet is more crayfish, hellgramites, minnows and worms. Maybe a few grasshoppers at times.
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#10967020 - 07/09/15 06:22 PM Re: Keepers? [Re: Suvi]
J/\Y Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/21/13
Posts: 48
Loc: Round Rock, TX
anything over 8 pounds tastes bad in my opinion.
plus, i have respect for them, if it can live that long,
i have hard time with keeping them.so, i let em go


Edited by J/\Y (07/09/15 06:22 PM)
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#10967058 - 07/09/15 06:46 PM Re: Keepers? [Re: Suvi]
Muzzlebrake Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 1616
Loc: Euless
The legal minimum size is 12" but I throw those back since they don't yield a very good filet. A fat 14" cat will filet nicely. After about 5 lbs the ribs are a bear to cut thru with my Electric knife. If I need some fish for a fish fry I will keep one up to about 8 to 10 lbs. If it's a Flathead then 15 to 20 lbs. Flatties are the best eating by far to me. Perfect size is 1-1/2 to 3 lbs.
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#10967070 - 07/09/15 06:51 PM Re: Keepers? [Re: Suvi]
uncle_bagster Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/12/07
Posts: 2637
Originally Posted By: Suvi
Thanks all!! Any kind taste better than others?


Where I live, river flatheads are considered the best. Channels and blues generally taste better from rivers than from lakes. Fillet your cats and you'll most likely find them easier to clean that bass.

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#10967186 - 07/09/15 07:52 PM Re: Keepers? [Re: Suvi]
Blues Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/23/12
Posts: 1995
Never had a flathead I didn't like. Blues over 10lbs have too much red meat and fat for me. Channels gotta be 14+ inches before I'll mess with them.

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#10967272 - 07/09/15 08:34 PM Re: Keepers? [Re: Suvi]
Chemdawg Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 1236
i like the ones 12-18in

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#10967495 - 07/09/15 10:15 PM Re: Keepers? [Re: Blues]
Bittercreek Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 3296
Loc: San Angelo Tx
Originally Posted By: Blues
Never had a flathead I didn't like. Blues over 10lbs have too much red meat and fat for me. Channels gotta be 14+ inches before I'll mess with them.

Words of Wisdom.
Although. My house keeps Yellows. Any yellow under 20 goes back.
Mostly Head and tail.

To the OP. Best-Eating?
2-3lb C-Cat. Any yellow cat over 20lbs.

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#10967623 - 07/10/15 12:26 AM Re: Keepers? [Re: Suvi]
Illnoize Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/25/15
Posts: 69
2 lb channel is the best. I let the flatheads over 5lbs go.

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#10967915 - 07/10/15 08:44 AM Re: Keepers? [Re: Illnoize]
Blues Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/23/12
Posts: 1995
Originally Posted By: Illnoize
2 lb channel is the best. I let the flatheads over 5lbs go.

They gotta be 18" to keep, and usually have big heads for they're size. If you are letting all over 5lbs go, what length are your keepers?

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#10967952 - 07/10/15 08:54 AM Re: Keepers? [Re: Suvi]
Cat finder Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/14/15
Posts: 401
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Gotta say that I keep anything 5- 15 its just a better fillet for the family.
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