I was giving Gladdy a short pit run by an off-shoot of Bradley Lake in Floral City this morning and came across this thing in the weeds where someone or something had dropped it. Not an area I'd expect someone to be fishing but I have seen Great Blue Herons and Egrets in there. Maybe one of them gave up on it ??
Not too familiar with local species yet; still, it doesn't look like anything I've seen pictures of. What do you guys make of it ??
Another president put a man in the Lady's bathroom.
Thing was still there this morning. Guess the local varmints don't like Catfish.
Certainly doesn't look worth it to me.
On the site I found about the Hoplos, it mentioned that they were detritus (??) feeders and don't take a hook. Wonder how you'd go about catching them ?? Traps, maybe ??
Cleaning may be touchy. That armor looked pretty solid and the dorsal spines heavy and sharp. Being a Catfish, likely other spines, too. I'd guess skinning would be best......??
There's a short canal leading into the lake under the Bushnell Hwy and this fish was on the bank by the water control dam. A really big Great Blue Heron lives in there - my guess is that he grabbed that fish and juggled it around for a bit, then spit it out. Nothing else wanted it.
Never took any to eat, wasn't hungry enough I guess, but they did live for days in the bed of his truck. Which could be one of the reasons they're popular in the places they are, minimal need for refrigeration or ice.
If someone else did the work I'd gladly try them, same with any catfish. I'll eat them as long as I don't have to screw with cleaning them, and I actually enjoy cleaning fish....just not catfish.
Thinking ants - many years ago, diving in the NW I caught a good sized Octopus and wanted to save the beak. Others told me to put it on an ant hill and they'd clean it up real good for me.....so I did that. Came back a couple days later and all that was left was the outer rim of the beak - everything else was gone. Ants are tough little critters.
How many would one have to eat to constitute a meal?
I like to try odd things and these certainly fit that bill, and I have seen them referred to as "prized and / or valuable food fish" more than once...
Fire ants might do it too, but it might take a while and they would build a nest under it.
I think the law finally caught on and shut it down.
For they always bring me tears
I can't forgive the way they rob me
Of my childhood souvenirs"... John Prine
Oh that's right, it's the LAW we're talking about. Almost always doing the opposite of what makes sense.
I don't remember much about their internal skeletal structure, but I'd imagine there'd be at least some bones to pick around when eating them. I think that you could probably make a meal out of 3-4 decent sized ones (depending on what else you had to eat and how big of an appetite you have). They don't get real big. From what I've seen, an eight-incher would be considered large.