Catfish are easy to distinguish by their whisker-like sensory
barbels and a forked tail. Channel catfish have a rounded anal fin
and scattered black spots along their back and sides. Males become
especially dark during spawning season and develop a thickened pad
on their head.
Channel catfish are found throughout Florida, and spawn in holes
Primarily bottom feeders, channels also feed higher up. Major
foods are aquatic insects, crayfish, mollusks, crustaceans and fish
- not detritus or decaying material.
44.50 lbs. Big Catch: 31 inches or 15.0 lbs.
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Catfish are a staple for anglers who eat their catch. Use baits with strong odors: chicken liver or gizzards, shrimp, cut mullet and commercial stinkbaits. Catfish are most active just before dusk and at night. Fish on the bottom with a sturdy #2 to #4 hook and a heavy split shot sinker. Be careful of sharp spines when handling these fish. The FWC stocks 200,000-300,000 annually in public waters.
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