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What size does a blue catfish have to get to to be considered a trophy catfish? #13562663 05/18/20 06:45 PM
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How many pounds minimum does a blue catfish in the state of Texas have to be to be considered a trophy ?

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Re: What size does a blue catfish have to get to to be considered a trophy catfish? [Re: Catfanman] #13562680 05/18/20 07:01 PM
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I think your question is subjective. Everyone might have a different opinion. I'd call 40+ a trophy. Some people who can 40+ pound fish often might say 80.

Re: What size does a blue catfish have to get to to be considered a trophy catfish? [Re: Catfanman] #13562810 05/18/20 09:16 PM
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Anything bigger than your last big one!!!


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Re: What size does a blue catfish have to get to to be considered a trophy catfish? [Re: Catfanman] #13563140 05/19/20 02:01 AM
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36 inches qualifies for a trophy fish award from TPWD.

I'd guess that's around 22lbs. Depending on how portly or slim the fish is...give or take a few lbs.


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thanks that the kind of answer I was looking for too bad my pb is only around 10 lb for my Bucket list I want to catch at least a 40 lbs I guess I need the right bait and better equipment than punchbait 25 lb test big game and treble hook and a zebco 808

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Re: What size does a blue catfish have to get to to be considered a trophy catfish? [Re: Catfanman] #13563254 05/19/20 05:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Catfanman
thanks that the kind of answer I was looking for too bad my pb is only around 10 lb for my Bucket list I want to catch at least a 40 lbs I guess I need the right bait and better equipment than punchbait 25 lb test big game and treble hook and a zebco 808


the only thing you need to change is bait and location. you can get it done with the rest of that.



Re: What size does a blue catfish have to get to to be considered a trophy catfish? [Re: Catfanman] #13563267 05/19/20 08:44 AM
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For someone who rarely fishes, trophy fish will be much smaller than for guys who chase big fish often. Any new personal best is a trophy fish on my boat. For guys that catch a ton of Big fish, a 22 lbr is far from a trophy though. A 40 lbr gets my blood pumping good but I’ve forgotten about most of those fish. A 50+ lbr gets burned into my memory bank much better and 60+ makes me do back flips. texas


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Re: What size does a blue catfish have to get to to be considered a trophy catfish? [Re: Catfanman] #13563437 05/19/20 01:04 PM
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This is the biggest catfish I’ve ever seen in person. This was caught this winter by my Dad on cut Shad trolling. It weighed just over 55lbs. I would say any flathead or blue over 30lbs is a trophy catfish in my books.

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Re: What size does a blue catfish have to get to to be considered a trophy catfish? [Re: Catfanman] #13563489 05/19/20 01:57 PM
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About 40 would be where I'd put it. But it is kind of subjective since people have different levels of experience and skill. For some it may be 20 and for others it may be 60. Kind of a personal decision.


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For sure subjective , a lot of people will never catch a fish over 10 lbs. some may only get to go a couple times a year
so any fish that makes their trip memorable will be a trophy to them.
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Re: What size does a blue catfish have to get to to be considered a trophy catfish? [Re: Catfanman] #13564220 05/19/20 10:36 PM
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It really depends on where you fish. West of the Trinity I'd say anything over 20 pounds.

A surprisingly small number of fishermen have actually landed a blue over 20.


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Re: What size does a blue catfish have to get to to be considered a trophy catfish? [Re: Catfanman] #13564442 05/20/20 02:00 AM
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Yes, it definitely depends across the board. I recall the Lake Limestone record in February or March 2003 (or 2004) was a 36 pound Blue caught by Bruce. It was 36 or 38" in length. The next month, somebody knocked off his record Blue on Lake limestone. But nevertheless, because he tuirned in the paperwork promptly, he was up for several awards (certificates), including Big Fish & Lake Record. I forget what the current Lake Limestone record Blue is now, but it is well over 50 pounds. I think I read the new lake record a few years back has been broken yet again (on Blues).

Shortly after that, within a month or so, he caught a 75 # Yellow. However, the lake record recorded was a 107# or 109# Yellow.


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Hard to say depending on who you're talkin to. I don't get excited-excited unless I see that side roll that looks like a trash can lid about 2' below the boat.

Re: What size does a blue catfish have to get to to be considered a trophy catfish? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish] #13565065 05/20/20 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish
Anything bigger than your last big one!!!

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Re: What size does a blue catfish have to get to to be considered a trophy catfish? [Re: Catfanman] #13566359 05/21/20 04:20 PM
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Also, some people call a 130" buck a trophy while others think it's 180".

If you catch a true 20 pound catfish you're in the top 1-2% so that should be good enough if you ask me.


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