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SUBJECT: # 121: Where are the barbs????

Submitted by Flash from OHIO on 8/30/99 1:27:00 PM

I've heard that catfish have barbs/stingers, but I have never seen them (or felt them). Could someone tell me where to look. I haven't handled a catfish for years, but I will be going catfishing soon, and I don't want my wife to get discouraged by getting poked. Also, is there a recommended way to handle the fish. Most of the fish I seen being taken are 2-3lb. and about 12-15" long. Any info will be appreciated.


  1. 8/30/99 5:44:00 PM Bill from TEXAS says Barbs
    Flash: When you catch the first catfish, look on the side of his head and immediately behind the gills. There is a long spine at each fin. Also on his back or dorsal fin, the first "ray" is a spine. They actually make a good holding aid when unhooking fish the size you refered to.
  2. 9/1/99 10:54:00 AM Perch Jerker from TEXAS says Handling Catfish
    Flash: I recommended you purchase a set of Grabbers from your tackle store to handle catfish. If you get stuck with one of these spines it hurts like hell. A local guide here in Texas taught me a lesson. He uses grabbers to hold the fish when removing the hook and cuts off both the top spine and spines behind the gills before putting the fish in his livewell. This eliminates any chance of getting stuck when removing fish from his livewell. By the way, he uses wire cutters to cut off the spines.

    Good luck and cross der eyes.


  3. 10/15/99 12:42:00 PM StraightShooter from Georgia says Catfish
    For a fish like your describing, The way I grab em is from the belly side. Your thumb and middle finger should be on the under side of the pectoral fins and your index finger should go over the top of the fin the middle finger is on. This way the Dorsal fin is out of reach and the pectoral fins can't get ya either. Once you do it once its real easy. Anything bigger than 5 pounds or so use a Grabber like these guys are saying or just use a heavy leather work glove so the don't mess up your knuckles
  4. 1/2/00 8:01:00 AM Bob from TEXAS says barbs
    Got to see the barb you'll are talking about stuck thru the outer lip of a 20 lb yellowcat, It was broken off there, about 2 inches long. Have had lots of instances of catching small channel cats(1 to 2 lbs)that have 'rake marks' from the dorsal fins back where the big ones have tried to eat em, the dorsal fins got in the way I guess,bob
  5. 6/15/02 9:31:00 AM Tabby Cat Elkins from MISSISSIPPI says slatboxes
    If anyone is interested I build slat boxes to order for catching catfish. I will build any size box. I sell some boxes for as low as 15 dollars. I will ship anywhere in the U.S. for more info send an email to slatboxes@msn.com I will forward you a full page ad & price list & pictures of boxes I have built.


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