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#12930554 - 10/11/18 01:58 PM Fish Storage - Catfish
bbankhead2 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/11/18
Posts: 3
I am wondering how everyone is storing the catfish they catch while out on the water. I have tried keeping mine in a basket that is tied to the side of the kayak and dropped in the water, but that creates a lot of drag when paddling to the next spot. Plus the bigger catfish don't exactly fit in there that easy. I have thought about putting the catfish on a stringer that is then tied off the the kayak, but I think that would have just as much drag as the basket and might be difficult to untie the stringer and then put the catfish on it and then tie the stringer back on the kayak. Just wondering how others might handle this or any tricks/tips. Also, do you "de-barb" the catfish when storing them so they don't cause injury to you or other catfish?

Thanks for the help and tight lines.

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#12930621 - 10/11/18 03:19 PM Re: Fish Storage - Catfish [Re: bbankhead2]
BKT Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/27/13
Posts: 1319
Loc: Apple Springs
Cut the fins off and chunk em in a cooler that's in the tank well.

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#12930693 - 10/11/18 04:48 PM Re: Fish Storage - Catfish [Re: bbankhead2]
KQT Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/21/08
Posts: 1072
Loc: Dallas and Port A
Small igloo marine ice chest. I don’t keep anything that is too big to fit in it.
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#12931163 - 10/12/18 08:16 AM Re: Fish Storage - Catfish [Re: bbankhead2]
Dan90210 ☮ Offline
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Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 28590
Loc: Denton County
Hanging them over the side will also attract snakes. I caught one trying to munch my LMB I had on the side once.

Yes, I am the devil. I sometimes keep smaller bass lol. But yeah a cooler is good idea or just deal with the drag I guess.
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#12931260 - 10/12/18 10:03 AM Re: Fish Storage - Catfish [Re: BKT]
Todd™ Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 01/21/11
Posts: 3627
Loc: On my kayak
welcome I only like keeping the smaller eater size so they mostly fit in my cooler. I've never worried about barbs.
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#12931337 - 10/12/18 11:51 AM Re: Fish Storage - Catfish [Re: bbankhead2]
bbankhead2 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/11/18
Posts: 3
Thanks for all the tips. Keep them coming.

Sounds like a cooler in the kayak is the way to go. I have seen the fish bags, but I think the barbs would just tear those up.

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#12931421 - 10/12/18 01:15 PM Re: Fish Storage - Catfish [Re: bbankhead2]
bbankhead2 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/11/18
Posts: 3
Also, what size coolers are you guys using on your Kayaks for fish storage? I have a Pelican Catch 100.

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#12932262 - 10/13/18 01:09 PM Re: Fish Storage - Catfish [Re: bbankhead2]
KQT Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/21/08
Posts: 1072
Loc: Dallas and Port A
The igloo 25 quart. I also mounted two rod holders on it
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#12932890 - 10/14/18 08:48 AM Re: Fish Storage - Catfish [Re: bbankhead2]
pineywoods Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/17/05
Posts: 225
Loc: Holly Lake Ranch, tx
Not long ago I saw an ice chest with a long funnel built into the lid. It looked like the end of a leaf blower. With the cooler loaded in the rear storage area of your yak the funnel came forward under your armpit. You put the fish in the opening and it slid back and into the cooler. Solved the problem of turning around in your seat and opening the lid. I can't find that anywhere on the web now. Might just build it myself if I can't find it. Will let you all know.
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