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#11812420 - 09/04/16 08:40 PM Mussles in catfish stomach
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Caught 2 cats yesterday both had a lot of mussles in their stomach. I wanted to know how to go about finding mussle beds on graphs what they look like are they usually in a certain depth.
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#11812841 - 09/05/16 12:16 AM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Dadsthatlove2fish]
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Not sure which brand of graph you have but on the Humminbird SI units they have a red/green pallet that shows hard Rocky bottoms real well. Works well for shell reefs in bays.

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#11813080 - 09/05/16 10:01 AM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Dadsthatlove2fish]
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I have a lowrance elite 7ti
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#11813385 - 09/05/16 02:51 PM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Dadsthatlove2fish]
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Study the shoreline for evidence of the mussle beds. The shore will be covered with them and easily spotted when lake levels fluctuate. You can bet when they are in the shallows or on the bank they will be deeper also.

That's the way I fished before graphs were invented....Not that I'm old!


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#11814340 - 09/06/16 08:37 AM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Dadsthatlove2fish]
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Plus one for Jimbo's way. That's how I found all the beds we fish. During drought and duck seasons.
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#11814341 - 09/06/16 08:37 AM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Dadsthatlove2fish]
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The bigger blues I catch out of Raybob nearly all have a belly full of zebra mussels.
Feels like gravel in there.
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#11814347 - 09/06/16 08:39 AM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Muzzlebrake]
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Originally Posted By: Muzzlebrake
The bigger blues I catch out of Raybob nearly all have a belly full of zebra mussels.
Feels like gravel in there.


I read where one biologist suggested the blue cats might help control the zebra mussels. I know I've caught a lot of blues with regular mussels in their stomach over the years.
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#11814762 - 09/06/16 01:01 PM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Dadsthatlove2fish]
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Up our way the blue cats DO eat zebra mussels ..... They love them and are easy to catch food I know where there at here by pulling anchors with those buggers riding shotgun slinger
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#11816279 - 09/07/16 10:52 AM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Dadsthatlove2fish]
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But will they pass them ?????

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#11816288 - 09/07/16 10:57 AM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Dadsthatlove2fish]
Dadsthatlove2fish Offline
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Oh yeah they pass them. I know because when I put the 1st one in the live well when we were done fishing on the ramp there were about 6-7 open shells at the bottom of my live well.
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#11817573 - 09/08/16 08:23 AM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: SALLYSUE]
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Originally Posted By: SALLYSUE
But will they pass them ?????


There is a reason I don't like putting blues in my livewell. They puke zebra shells up and really mess up things. If those shells get into the pumps and valves you gonna have to spend some money. Been there.
Always use a cooler to put blues in especially out of RayBob.
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#11817596 - 09/08/16 08:33 AM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Dadsthatlove2fish]
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Thanks for the suggestions fellas.
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#11817659 - 09/08/16 09:06 AM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Dadsthatlove2fish]
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I have cleaned blues with mussels in them all the way from there stomach into the intestines and coming out the exit hole. They digest them. Cleaned one with a dove in it one time. They seem to be like a shark, eat anything and just pop it right down the exit trail.
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#11817662 - 09/08/16 09:06 AM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Dadsthatlove2fish]
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I was once told by a TPWD Biologist that blues, channels, and drum often feed on them. However, they pass them live so the fish feeding on them don't really have an effect in controlling the zebra mussel population.

Iv had many blues and channels from Belton puke them up and/or pass them in my livewell.
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#11817677 - 09/08/16 09:13 AM Re: Mussles in catfish stomach [Re: Dadsthatlove2fish]
Big Zee Offline
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That's not good. But thinking about it, they seal themselves up in there shell, I guess the acids in the cats stomach don't break throw that seal.
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