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#500991 - 01/21/19 03:34 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: mattmonster1991]
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From what I have read, flatheads will not pellet train.
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#501013 - 01/21/19 09:42 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: John Fitzgerald]
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Wonder if you can Otter train them! That would be helpful to some of us.

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#501015 - 01/21/19 10:07 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: mattmonster1991]
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An otter ate about a 20 pound flathead from my neighbor's pond. Left the head and backbone on the bank.
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#501016 - 01/21/19 10:07 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: Pat Williamson]
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Originally Posted By: Pat Williamson
Wonder if you can Otter train them! That would be helpful to some of us.


Good plan Pat! I doubt pellet training would work out anyway. I've never seen anybody selling softball size pellets! grin
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#501024 - 01/21/19 11:11 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: John Fitzgerald]
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Registered: 09/12/16
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Loc: Orlando Fl
Originally Posted By: John Fitzgerald
An otter ate about a 20 pound flathead from my neighbor's pond. Left the head and backbone on the bank.



how does an otter get a fish that big n fast

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#501026 - 01/21/19 11:35 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: mattmonster1991]
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They sometimes act like coyotes and run fish down in a pack tiring the fish out.
Seems they go after the largest fish first.

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#501053 - 01/22/19 01:21 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: Pat Williamson]
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i could see if it was in like 3 foot of water or so but in a real lake or pond lol if thats the case then no fish is safe and you better stock your lakes every few years then

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#501057 - 01/22/19 02:23 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: mattmonster1991]
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Originally Posted By: mattmonster1991
i could see if it was in like 3 foot of water or so but in a real lake or pond lol if thats the case then no fish is safe and you better stock your lakes every few years then

actually no you don't want 20%. Depending on the females weight, a big female can lay 50k eggs...20% of that is 10k.

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#501058 - 01/22/19 02:55 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: wannapond0001]
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lol ya might b a bit much but if u had a massive fishing lake already stocked of fish but wanted to introduce flatheads ud have t probably put close to 10k flatheads around the 3 inch range right

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#501065 - 01/22/19 04:43 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: mattmonster1991]
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Flatheads hang out at restaurants on Lake Houston and they will aggressively eat anything you drop off the deck. They definitely eat tortilla chips.

I would consider getting the cheapest dog food you find at WallyWorld and try that. If your feed store has cheap goat chow etc I bet that would work too. There has to be a commercial catfish chow for commercial growers.

Of coarse, when Fritos go on sale...
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#501070 - 01/22/19 06:27 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: Pat Williamson]
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If flatheads could be trained to eat cormorants...
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#501071 - 01/22/19 06:30 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: mattmonster1991]
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Catfish pellets are about as cheap per pound as the cheapest dog food, at least here, about $20 for 50 pounds.
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#501072 - 01/22/19 06:31 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: mattmonster1991]
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Originally Posted By: mattmonster1991
Originally Posted By: John Fitzgerald
An otter ate about a 20 pound flathead from my neighbor's pond. Left the head and backbone on the bank.



how does an otter get a fish that big n fast


The do it in winter when the water is cold and the catfish are sluggish.
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#501077 - 01/22/19 08:12 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: mattmonster1991]
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IIRC Sprkplug has one big FHC in one of his ponds and posted that it was not a big problem with respect to wiping out the rest of the inhabitants. I know he posted a picture but can't find it. Maybe someone else has a better memory than I do.
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#501107 - 01/23/19 01:24 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: mattmonster1991]
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#501108 - 01/23/19 01:37 PM Re: flathead catfish [Re: mattmonster1991]
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Loc: Ohio
That is one big catfish. Proof that they can do damage.

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