• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • WE CREATE LONG TERM, MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN HERE ... PLEASE JOIN US.

    You know what we all love...

    RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE
    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Recommended Posts

Guest

Hi all,

I've been having arguements with catters local here in Fgo-Mhd. They claim to catch blues here. I never have.

I've caught some pretty big channels that could be mistaken for blues but weren't.

What is the best way to tell so I can set these bozos straight. Anal fin or tail or other.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Scoot

Fred,

I don't know the answer to your question, but I definitely agree with you- everything I've been told says that they aren't a bunch of blues that we catch, they are channels with a blue tone to them. I was told once why they get that blue color to them, but I can't remember why. Ed will jump all over this when he gets back from up north.
Scoot

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Thanks Scoot and Freckled lady bucket,

I always thought it was bigger channels up here that take on that color. That link helped Lady. Thanks.

Both these guys are Southerners that said otherwise. Seems to me the anal fin is straighter on the Blue.

Yup, Ed should be up North now having a good time. Dam, that guy can fish like no one I've ever seen. Interesting to watch.

I may hit the No. Dam tonight if feeling well enough.

Tight lines All

Fred

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

How about Flatheads? Are they in the Red River near the Fargo area? I heard there are some, but not many.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

As far as NDGF is concerned, there are no flatheads or blues in the Red. The blue or gray color means a male channel cat, and it isn't only the big ones that get that color. I've caught them as small as 4# that had a gray coloration and relatively wide head. One surefire way to tell blues and channels apart is that the anal fin on a channel cat is rounded, while that of a blue cat is straight. I can't verify that male channels only turn gray prespawn, but I do seem to catch gray ones only in the summer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

I have yet to catch a blue or a flathead but the Red supposedly has none. I think the Minnesota river has flats as does the St. Croix, Missouri, Mississippi, and other main rivers.

I'm having enough problems with these huge channels that are hitting hard. My arms are tired.

Good cattin all

Fred

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

The easiest way to tell the difference between Blues and Channels is by the anal fin. If you look at a picture of the two types you will readily notice that the anal fin of a Blue has a long straight edge to it and a Channel Cat anal fin has a distinct curve. Coloration is never a good way to tell. I'm currently transplanted to Alabama and I frequently see proud anglers displaying pictures of misidentified 20# Channel Cats. If they see a little forking to the tail or the color is a little gray, they default to the call of "Channel Cat."
In-fisherman magazine had an article that dealt with this subject over the summer. It now looks like many of the largest Channels on record are apparently misidentified Blues.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Tom Sawyer
      We've been big fans of the 3" minnows, and 5" leeches, along with crawlers, great color combinations, with floating versions ta boot.👍👍     Found the pinched half crawlers to work great for adding spin to "slow death" presentation...
    • redlabguy
      Okay, I’m not into gore. I’ve only had to do surgery on one hook and that’s enough. PSU, I’m wondering how you’re doing. Cliff offered good advice. In the Frazer Bay Area, bobbers are my only means of catching fish of size. I t seems like the dinks are dominating the reefs. Spinners can pick up fish near structure. I was looking back at my logs recently and late July has always been tough.  Dick
    • riverrat21
      Ive been out a few times as well..have tried from the harbor all the way up to boyscout...have been getting a few everytime out but has been slow for me....been trolling crawlers with big colorado blades..have caught fish on flats by barkers,between the bridges,and out from clyde area....got 6 cats accidentally while trolling boards by the community hole south west side of spirit lake...water clarity still sucks in the harbor..a bit better the farther up river u go...has it been kinda slow for everyone?????ive been doing better on fish lake.lol
    • Grainbelt
      And they are big, feels like you have a bass on! We thru them all back.
    • delcecchi
      I haven't done it on all my stuff, but I don't avoid using a bait because I mashed the barbs.   It would probably be a good idea to mash more of them, even if just to make it easier to get them out when they get hooked on something like clothing or a rag.  
    • monstermoose78
    • Wanderer
      Manitoba requires the same, and I agree, we didn’t notice a difference either except for keeping bait on the hook.  It’s just a hard mental block to get around. @LBerquist, ouch!  Unfortunately I know what those are like.  Both getting them out of myself and helping others!  You can pinch the barbs down on any hook though.  Some lay down nice and others will break off, leaving just a little bit of a rough bump which I kind of like better.  There’s a little bit of grip left that way.
    • whateverisbiting
      Thanks for the tip something new to try 🙂
    • LBerquist
      I wish barb less hooks were more available. I'd switch, heard they come out easier....
    • Borch
      The gulp crawlers in packages are tougher than those in the alive container.  The one in the picture is from the alive container.  Both versions work well on spinner and slow death rigs.