Gut Rumbles

February 18, 2008

Fried catfish

Originally published December 28, 2003

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.

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