Gut Rumbles

December 28, 2003

fried catfish

I'm making a big mess of fried catfish for supper tonight. I like catfish.

We call them "turd-wrestlers" in this part of Georgia, but that doesn't stop us from eating them. A catfish will eat things that a crab would choke on, but catfish do produce some pretty, tender, white meat.

Ever been fishing for them using old tires? I have. Here's a trick that I learned from some guys who KNEW how to catch catfish. You take an old tire and wire it shut on the inside, except for one small opening on the end. You tie a rope to it and throw it in the water. It fills up with water and sinks. Do about twelve of them (old tires aren't difficult to find in Southeast Georgia.) Leave them in the water overnight. You don't have to use any bait. Just go pull the tires up in the morning.

Catfish like to swim into those old tires to spend the night. They can get in, but they can't get out. They don't have enough room to turn around. Just pull the tires up and grab the fish at first light. You had better wear a glove when you go dragging those catfish out of the tires, because they'll cut you with their fins if they get the chance. They get all pissed off about falling for such a dumbass trick.

But it works every time.


So, I understand scaling (or rather, "skinning") a catfish is an adventure all its own. Is this true?

I'll stick to salmon....

Posted by: Russ on December 28, 2003 03:15 PM

I believe ya! I just thought that was hilarious!

I once watched a documentary on people who catch catfish with their bare hands. I think it is called "Noodling."

Until now, I thought THAT was the most "only in the South" thing I ever saw!

Posted by: Michael Demmons on December 28, 2003 03:19 PM

I cant catfish even if my life depened on it. I took my son to a stocked pound and used catfish bait and didnt catch a thing. This guy next to us, using shrimp, was tearing it up. Now Bass fishing, thats a diffrent story.

Posted by: jedimedic on December 28, 2003 03:36 PM

Catfish sounds good. I LOVE fried catfish. You can probably hear my suitcase snap shut from here.

Put another plate on the table when you hear my car pull up in the driveway. You've got company. And she looks mighty hungry!

Now if you would just be thorough, like my friend, Sheila at, and post pictures of the finished product....

Posted by: Joni on December 28, 2003 03:51 PM


Posted by: Robin on December 28, 2003 05:06 PM

You ever been noodling?

Posted by: bj on December 28, 2003 07:22 PM

I don't go "noodling," although I know people who do. That's walking down a creek-bank and finding holes under the water where you think a catfish might be hiding.

I don't like to stick my hands into those holes to see what I get. Snapping turtles and cottonmouths like to hide there, too.

I don't want to catch a catfish that badly.

Posted by: Acidman on December 28, 2003 09:57 PM

I've been reading you on occasion anonymously from Allah's referrence; I'm an old Yankee (it wasn't my choice I was along for the ride) from Iowa of all places- I've been
a Jawja resident since I was 21. Anyway catfish taste quite a bit differently if it comes from colder water- like surface temperatures below 50 degrees - early May at the latest where I came from and not good again 'til late September- especially the best of all the slender channel cat's. The rest of it tastes "muddy" to me, mayhaps it's just personal taste......

Posted by: eieio on December 29, 2003 07:46 PM

Check out these catfish.....

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