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#12658429 - 03/04/18 09:03 PM Bullheads
Lepomis4Life. Offline
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Registered: 10/09/17
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Does anyone on here try to catch them for purposes other than bait? I've been catching a few while bluegill fishing and they give my UL tackle a good workout.

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#12658479 - 03/04/18 09:30 PM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
Mckinneycrappiecatcher Offline
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I don’t, some eat them, but I wouldn’t, one about that size is flathead candy
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#12658640 - 03/05/18 06:41 AM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
Dawson Hefner Offline
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They eat fine before the moss gets to blooming in the lakes. A little firmer fleshed than channels and blues. Taste like moss when the weather warms
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#12658780 - 03/05/18 08:41 AM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
fmrmbmlm Offline
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We ate more of them than any fish when I was a kid because we fished stock tanks and a creek, and they were full of them. They are ok if water isn't too hot and stagnant.

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#12658790 - 03/05/18 08:46 AM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
fmrmbmlm Offline
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We ate more of them than any fish when I was a kid because we fished stock tanks and a creek, and they were full of them. They are ok if water isn't too hot and stagnant.

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#12658799 - 03/05/18 08:52 AM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
erittmueller Offline
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Loc: Irving/Valley Ranch
Any creek or pond that has areas of thick mud will have them in that area. I've eaten them and they tasted like a channel cat with a little extra fat on it. Just don't think it's worth the effort to clean them though, not very much meat for the size.

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#12659656 - 03/05/18 03:50 PM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
pop r Offline
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Registered: 09/25/17
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Loc: Dallas,& Freestone counties
thumb Ate them when I was a kid. We kept the bigger ones. The biggest we ever caught was in a minnow seine. It was 5 lbs. They tasted good.

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#12659738 - 03/05/18 04:45 PM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
uncle_bagster Offline
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The yellow bullheads are the "best." I've caught them up to 3#, and they're not bad out of good water. I've caught black and brown bullheads from mossy ponds that the neighborhood alley cats turned their noses at.

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#12660251 - 03/06/18 03:50 AM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
Dawson Hefner Offline
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Little devils will put a hurting on your finger too, stay clear of that mouth
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#12660402 - 03/06/18 07:52 AM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
gar1970 Offline
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A poke from their fins sting worst than any other freshwater catfish
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#12660966 - 03/06/18 01:22 PM Re: Bullheads [Re: Dawson Hefner]
JJ4MEL Offline
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Loc: Celina/Prosper, TX
Originally Posted By: Dawson Hefner
Little devils will put a hurting on your finger too, stay clear of that mouth


Damn right. Had one come down on my thumb last year. He almost lost his life!

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#12661025 - 03/06/18 01:53 PM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
Dan90210 ☮ Offline
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I know a asian dude his folks are from the old country he said they grew up eating them... He said they are good. Like a channel.
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#12667786 - 03/11/18 03:30 PM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
catcrew68 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/16
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We ate a lot of them when I was a kid. I still would but don't catch them any more.

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#12668291 - 03/11/18 11:02 PM Re: Bullheads [Re: JJ4MEL]
jackmason Offline
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Originally Posted By: JJ4MEL
Originally Posted By: Dawson Hefner
Little devils will put a hurting on your finger too, stay clear of that mouth


Damn right. Had one come down on my thumb last year. He almost lost his life!


Same here! Had a little one chomp down and felt like my thumb was in vise. Hurt like hell. Crazy how powerful their bite is.

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#12668384 - 03/12/18 06:33 AM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
ConwayFishy Offline
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Registered: 02/26/18
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Loc: Northeast Texas
How can you tell the difference between that and a channel or blue. At first glance, they all look the same. Just pretend its a channel and fry it up.
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#12668390 - 03/12/18 06:57 AM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
kodys'papa Offline
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Caught seven little ones yesterday in my cast net... No fun
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#12668831 - 03/12/18 11:15 AM Re: Bullheads [Re: ConwayFishy]
spazm09 Offline
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Loc: Dallas, Tx
Originally Posted By: ConwayFishy
How can you tell the difference between that and a channel or blue. At first glance, they all look the same. Just pretend its a channel and fry it up.


I don't know about anyone else, but I can easily tell the difference. They're called bullheads for a reason. Plus they have a rounded tail vs the forked tail that channels have.
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#12669126 - 03/12/18 01:55 PM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
Dawson Hefner Offline
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Loc: Brownsboro, Tx
Bull heads resemble tadpoles. One alternate name for them is polywogs among some other more colorful nomenclature.


Edited by Dawson Hefner (03/12/18 01:55 PM)
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#12669907 - 03/12/18 10:00 PM Re: Bullheads [Re: Dawson Hefner]
Lepomis4Life. Offline
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Originally Posted By: Dawson Hefner
Little devils will put a hurting on your finger too, stay clear of that mouth

No doubt...the tip of my finger learned that real quick when I tried to remove the hook. I've caught huge flatheads and stuck my whole hands in their mouth...if a bullhead got that big you could lose a whole hand.

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#12677993 - 03/18/18 09:33 AM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
Flags Offline
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I catch a fair number of them in Athens when targeting sunfish. I always turn them loose. But I grew up in CO and we used to catch and eat them there and they were always good but the water was a lot colder and cleaner than the water here so that may have made a difference.
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#12686846 - 03/23/18 09:22 PM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
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#12687142 - 03/24/18 08:36 AM Re: Bullheads [Re: Lepomis4Life.]
jippedgenes Offline
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Registered: 08/12/11
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My son when he was 7-8 were out fishing and saw a bunch of little tadpoles swimming in a school in real shallow water. my son said "dad, you think one of those would live in my fish tank?"

so I walked out in the water and grabbed. they were 3/4" long bullheads. I yanked my hand back and had 4-5 of them sticking out of my palm. I then noticed they were bullheads.

We took one home and had it for 3 years before letting it go back in the pond it came from at 6" and having eaten all his aquarium fish.

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