A mud cat is not really the most desirable for the table. When growing up, we caught them on the Yegua, if in fresh moving water, not so bad of a cat to eat. But if caught in a tank or pond, the water is not moving so they get more of a mud taste to them. If you soak them in fresh water a few days, they will get the mud taste out of them. They are kinda like crawdads, you got to purge them before cooking them. Some parts of this country, people eat them like they are going out of style. Other places they use them for bait.