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#11224040 - 11/14/15 07:41 PM BLUE CATS
NATE30 Offline
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Registered: 09/01/12
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JUST GOT THE FEVER OF BLUE CATS AND WAS THINKING ABOUT CATCHING A FEW ON TAWAK. HOW BIG IS TO BIG FOR EATING. I HAD MY FIRST TASTE OF HYFIN BLUE LAST YEAR AFTER TAKING KIDS OUT ON PALESTINE FOR SPRING BREAK. WAS TOLD IF I LIKE HYFIN THEN I NEED TO CATCH SOME BLUES ON TAWAK. SO IF ANY ONE COULD LET ME KNOW THAT MAGICAL SIZE FOR THE FRYING PAN I WOULD BE VERY THANK FULL.

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#11224076 - 11/14/15 08:03 PM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: NATE30]
BigPoppa007 Offline
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Registered: 06/06/14
Posts: 1602
Loc: Burleson, Tx.
hmmm

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#11224325 - 11/14/15 10:08 PM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: NATE30]
NATE30 Offline
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Registered: 09/01/12
Posts: 280
NO ONE CAN HELP. JUST TRYING TO SEE IF IT IS OK TO EAT UP TO ABOUT A 20LBS BLUE OR ARE THEY TO FATTY.

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#11224333 - 11/14/15 10:11 PM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: NATE30]
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Registered: 03/01/09
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Loc: Titus County
I've eaten up to 16 pounds and they were pretty good .
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#11224340 - 11/14/15 10:13 PM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: NATE30]
I Got Worms Offline
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Registered: 08/17/08
Posts: 107
Loc: Lake Ray Hubbard
I only keep 10 pounderz and under. Just take a pic of the big boys and let em swim!

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#11224353 - 11/14/15 10:23 PM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: NATE30]
mjmetro0719 Offline
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Registered: 10/25/02
Posts: 3926
Loc: saginaw,tx
This has been a topic in recent posts and it gets different opinions, some say they eat the big ones, others say it takes a little more work to get the fat and red meat out, but a majority like to release fish that are ten pounds and larger and eat the smaller ones. For those that like to release the bigger fish (myself included) release it for different reasons based on ones personal opinion, some say they don't taste as good, some like to release so the larger ones can lay more eggs to ensure trophy blues for generations to come and others release so that others can have the opportunity to catch a trophy someday.
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#11224392 - 11/14/15 10:45 PM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: NATE30]
BigPoppa007 Offline
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Registered: 06/06/14
Posts: 1602
Loc: Burleson, Tx.
WTH is a High Fin .?.

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#11224481 - 11/15/15 01:46 AM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: NATE30]
leeroybrown Offline
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Registered: 03/03/12
Posts: 391
Loc: conroe texas
I have heard MY uncle call them high fin blues. Don't know why but have heard it before
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#11224518 - 11/15/15 06:35 AM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: mjmetro0719]
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Originally Posted By: mjmetro0719
This has been a topic in recent posts and it gets different opinions, some say they eat the big ones, others say it takes a little more work to get the fat and red meat out, but a majority like to release fish that are ten pounds and larger and eat the smaller ones. For those that like to release the bigger fish (myself included) release it for different reasons based on ones personal opinion, some say they don't taste as good, some like to release so the larger ones can lay more eggs to ensure trophy blues for generations to come and others release so that others can have the opportunity to catch a trophy someday.

This-^^^^^^
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#11224520 - 11/15/15 06:38 AM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: BigPoppa007]
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Originally Posted By: BigPoppa007
WTH is a High Fin .?.

I think it's a regional thing -
Similar to how many of us in the south call different sunfish a "perch" or the different names
For a "yellow cat" or "flathead".
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#11224549 - 11/15/15 07:20 AM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: NATE30]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 4012
Loc: Longview, Tx
High fin is a blue cat. It's colloquial.

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#11224876 - 11/15/15 10:31 AM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: NATE30]
jugg-runner Offline
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Registered: 11/02/15
Posts: 9
Loc: texas
the big ones are very good to eat, I grill them on foil or bake them with butter and pepper, its all how you clean and prepare them.
the belly meat is not good at all (in my humble opinion ) it is fatty and nasty. cut the red out and bake em up.
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#11224906 - 11/15/15 10:48 AM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: NATE30]
Cat finder Offline
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Registered: 03/14/15
Posts: 371
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Imho I don't eat ones under 3lbs and over 13lbs. I target the in between. I fry mine i battered with zaterans lemon pepper seasoning. If folks are really worried about the population why not let the babies go back to grow into maturity?
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#11225002 - 11/15/15 12:18 PM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: NATE30]
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Registered: 03/13/11
Posts: 595
Loc: south DFW
That is kinda what we do usually. I don't like cleaning small fish of any species, so I rarely keep anything that has to be measured. I can't say I never keep anything under 3 pounds, but I rarely keep 12 inch cats, or 10 inch crappie/sand bass. This is a running joke between my and one of my fishing buddies. We have Dee keepers and Stacy keepers. My name is Stacy btw. I release the trophies as well, for all the reasons stated above plus the fact they are more work to clean.
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#11225029 - 11/15/15 12:35 PM Re: BLUE CATS [Re: NATE30]
ssfireman Offline
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Registered: 03/31/05
Posts: 2795
Loc: Dallas
Usually between 5-8 lbs gets you some good fillets. But that is just me.
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