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To: Willie Green
Yuck! I'll pass on bottom-feeders every time . . .
5 posted on 04/25/2002 11:50:32 AM PDT by realpatriot71
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To: realpatriot71
Yuck! I'll pass on bottom-feeders every time . . .

That’s just it, we never ate them much either. Too “muddy” tasting. It was the same for gars and mullet where we lived. Anyway, now they have all sorts of strato-feeder catfish that will hit a plug just like a bass. And since they are raised on a fish farm, they probably use that Purina floater-food, or whatever they call it, so they don’t eat on the bottom anymore. I still don’t eat them much though.

7 posted on 04/25/2002 12:02:17 PM PDT by thatsnotnice
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To: realpatriot71
You're right that catfish caught in the wild can be pretty sad on a plate. Farm raised catfish, however, is terrific. Live dangerously, give it a try.
8 posted on 04/25/2002 12:32:13 PM PDT by caltrop
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To: realpatriot71
There's probably a reason catfish is bibically off-limits. [It's got fins, but no scales - has to have both]
10 posted on 04/25/2002 12:39:45 PM PDT by jonatron
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Quality control for farm-raised catfish is quite strict at the better catfish processors. As already noted, the fish are fed at the surface, from trucks that drive between the ponds, spreading feed processed from grain. It's true that catfish can easily acquire an odor if they're not maintained in a clean environment, so before a processor accepts a truckload of fish, sample fish are killed, cooked, and carefully sniffed.
22 posted on 04/25/2002 9:02:52 PM PDT by Romulus
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