July 27, 2022
- by Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters
With the fantastic trout, redfish, triple tail, and shark fishing comes something we seldom mention. You gotta take the good with the bad, and with the bad comes saltwater CATFISH! it is a package deal. When the fishing is this good, the bottom feeders of the sea are going to be around in big numbers.
These catfish are good for crab bait and arts and crafts projects, and not much else. Inside every saltwater catfish is what appears to be a very distinct image of Jesus on the cross.
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My daughter, Margot, actually attaches these “catfish crucifixes” to driftwood and oyster shells. She has many for sale at “Art Alley in the Pass” on Davis Avenue.
Despite their very unique religious significance, these catfish are extremely dangerous. The pectoral and dorsal fins are needle-sharp, and they have barbs. The mucus on these fins has a venom that is extremely painful. The sting alone can end your day, but if a piece of the fin breaks off in the wound, you’re likely headed to the emergency room.
I carry at least two pairs of pliers on my boat and at least two “catfish flippers.” If you are not familiar with the flipping technique, stick to the pliers, or cut the line.
There is no escaping the catfish this time of year. They are right off the beaches, bridges, and islands, they are in the marsh – they are EVERYWHERE. It’s just part of the incredible fishing. Take your time when dealing with them and please be careful.
As always, have fun and be safe.
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