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NorthChuckTiger
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Posted - 09/06/2012 :  12:59:58 PM  Show Profile Send NorthChuckTiger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is this a saltwater cat? I have no idea?




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flyinghigh
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Posted - 09/06/2012 :  1:07:17 PM  Show Profile Send flyinghigh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
no
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NorthChuckTiger
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Posted - 09/06/2012 :  1:08:35 PM  Show Profile Send NorthChuckTiger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Didn't think so... Thanks though.

j
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Mombakc
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Posted - 09/06/2012 :  1:55:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mombakc's Homepage Send Mombakc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
looks like a channel cat.

I'm not slurring my words....I'm simply speaking in cursive.
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pawayne
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Posted - 09/06/2012 :  2:53:32 PM  Show Profile Send pawayne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Looks like a Blue Catfish...
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thisguy
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Posted - 09/06/2012 :  3:28:10 PM  Show Profile Send thisguy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
thats a blue
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Athon08
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Posted - 09/06/2012 :  3:45:47 PM  Show Profile Send Athon08 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
where was it caught? Bushy?
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NorthChuckTiger
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Posted - 09/06/2012 :  4:27:34 PM  Show Profile Send NorthChuckTiger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Way up the Ashley.... next to one of the plantations. Magnolia Maybe?

j
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phinfreak09
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Posted - 09/06/2012 :  5:30:29 PM  Show Profile Send phinfreak09 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
blue catfish... if it was a true saltwater catfish, people on here would have already been all over you ....

"Good things come to those who bait"
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bkwoods
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Posted - 09/06/2012 :  11:13:51 PM  Show Profile Send bkwoods a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Arkansas blue catfish
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mrhardware
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Posted - 09/06/2012 :  11:23:26 PM  Show Profile Send mrhardware a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Blue cat and very good table fare.
Mr Hardware
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jughed
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Posted - 09/07/2012 :  07:44:17 AM  Show Profile Send jughed a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by NorthChuckTiger

Way up the Ashley.... next to one of the plantations. Magnolia Maybe?

j



I picked one up in front of the gardens on Tuesday. Same color, probably 10#'s... Looked albino to me, the lightest blue cat I've ever seen - looks like you found one as well.

The blues I caught earlier this year on the Ashley were darker.

Funny, if he was holding up a striper - the board would be going nuts over the visable background in the pic.
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jiminem
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Posted - 09/07/2012 :  08:30:22 AM  Show Profile Send jiminem a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There is a mercury advisory for catfish in the ashley. Its the only water in the lowcountry with a catfish advisory, goes to show how nasty that river is. Asphalt parking lots drain into the ashley on the upper river, it lowers the oxygen levels and pollutes the river. Yet no one does anything about it.
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barbawang
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Posted - 09/07/2012 :  09:10:46 AM  Show Profile  Send barbawang an AOL message Send barbawang a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jiminem

There is a mercury advisory for catfish in the ashley. Its the only water in the lowcountry with a catfish advisory, goes to show how nasty that river is. Asphalt parking lots drain into the ashley on the upper river, it lowers the oxygen levels and pollutes the river. Yet no one does anything about it.



Blue cats were introduced in SC along with flatheads back in the 60's when Marion/Moultrie were new and the state wanted more freshwater recreational fishing opportunities in the lakes. blue cats have established themselves in almost every river here since then, as they're really salt-tolerant.

among the catfish we have in SC, flatheads pose the greatest risk of mercury contamination because they eat highest on the food chain. blue cats are listed as "one meal per week" on the ashley, and "one meal per month" on the edisto. the full list can be found here: http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/water/fish/map.htm

the highest level is "Do Not Eat Any"- the ashley river only lists bowfin in this category, and the only river in SC with blue cats on the Do Not Eat Any list is the Little Pee Dee. the list can be found here: http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/water/fish/docs/donotEat.pdf

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joseph69
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Posted - 09/07/2012 :  3:45:58 PM  Show Profile Send joseph69 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That is what DHEC says not DNR. DHEC is a little paranoid, they are safe to eat, even with the warning. Digging a little deeper they will tell you that. They will recommend not eating fish from the warning areas for every meal. Yes, there is mercury in that fish. No, it is not enough to hurt you.

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around every bend theres the promise of a treasure that can only be caught and seen in a blink.. and in your minds eye..and sometimes if youre lucky..in a picture..its there for just a minute...then gone..but hopefully once youve seen it it will remain in your heart forever. Theres nothing like the "Smell" and sounds of the creek. Its not just one thing that makes it familiar..its all of it.

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Vinman
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Posted - 09/07/2012 :  4:18:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Vinman's Homepage Send Vinman a Private Message  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by joseph69

That is what DHEC says not DNR. DHEC is a little paranoid, they are safe to eat, even with the warning. Digging a little deeper they will tell you that. They will recommend not eating fish from the warning areas for every meal. Yes, there is mercury in that fish. No, it is not enough to hurt you.



WOW!

We eat them every other meal (Big Mac - Blue Cat - Big Mac - Blue Cat, etc.) Do you or DHEC have any suggestions?

I just want to be safe despite DHEC.

Vinman
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Edited by - Vinman on 09/07/2012 4:24:35 PM
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NorthChuckTiger
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Posted - 09/08/2012 :  11:28:33 AM  Show Profile Send NorthChuckTiger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knew about the mercury levels in the Ashley. I RARELY fish in the Ashley. Actually, we were just booze cruising on Monday and I threw out a line with cut mullet on it while we were enjoying some "people" watching and having a few beverages. This was the result. It was released, so Jughead, you may have found the same fish!

j
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Hondomac
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Posted - 09/12/2012 :  10:23:11 AM  Show Profile Send Hondomac a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Blue cat for sure. I have only been here in Charleston since 2005 but I haven't actually caught or known someone to catch a salt water cat here. In Florida they can be a pain because once they move in they will eat anything and everything else shuts down. I was actually surprised, pleasantly I might add, that they are not numerous here.
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barbawang
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Posted - 09/12/2012 :  10:34:07 AM  Show Profile  Send barbawang an AOL message Send barbawang a Private Message  Reply with Quote
thanks for that, vin

hondo, they used to be very numerous here, and it's theorized that some kind of virus wiped them out in the early 00's. hardheads and gafftops are rare now, but they still exist. no complaining can be heard, but imagine if such a thing were to hit trout and reds...
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Hondomac
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Posted - 09/12/2012 :  11:25:21 AM  Show Profile Send Hondomac a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Very true. In 1997 we had something kill millions of them in the Gulf. It was really bad on the beaches. Cleaning crews worked 24/7 trying to keep them from piling up. They have rebounded down there but thankfully not to the same levels. I can only imagine how bad it would be if it hit species like trout and reds that are so popular to catch. Hopefully it never does.
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