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What gun for catfish?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by JohnBT, Jun 30, 2005.

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  1. JohnBT

    JohnBT Member

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    Assuming you couldn't get this Mekong River catfish into your boat, would you use a handgun, rifle or shotgun to kill it? Let's say you only have a handgun - what type of bullet? JT

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    "In this photo released by World Wildlife Fund-National Geographic, two Thai fishermen show a 293-kilogram (646-pound) giant catfish they caught from the Mekong River in Chiang Khong district of Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand Saturday, June 11, 2005. Thai fishermen have caught this giant catfish believed to be the world's heaviest living freshwater fish but died and was eaten after environmentalists and officials negotiated for its release to allow it to spawn. (AP Photo/Suthep Kritsanavarin, HO)" - Washington Post
     
  2. El Tejon

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    It takes an entire village to eat a catfish. :D
     
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    How thick is the skin on a normal catfish?
     
  4. Dave R

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    If its skin is anything like channel cats, its tough! Takes a good filet knife to cut catfish skin. You'd need FMJ for penetration. Bigger the better.
     
  5. Tim3256

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    What gun for catfish?

    Upon careful consideration, I'll have to say that I believe.......









    Catfish should NOT be given guns. ;)
     
  6. GunGoBoom

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    Robert Duvall and Michael Caine used a good ol' shotgun in Second Hand Lions. :) Man that is a big fishie. How is it that the tail on that catfish is so perfectly spread up and down, as if it's been shellacked into place? Methinks this could be a hoax.
     
  7. boofus

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    For a fish? A big net of course. Who wants to eat a blown up fish?
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    7.62x25?
     
  9. Justin

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    Serbu Super Shorty.

    Slugs.

    Egads.
     
  10. JamisJockey

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    I've used 9mm and .410 slugs to dispatch sharks in that size range, so I'd be comfortable with either. Of course, we're talking about leaning over the gunwales and taking reasonably careful aim at less than 3'. A couple shots to the brain area usually do it.
     
  11. El Tejon

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    Jamis, "what do you know about sharks? Arrr, I served aboard the Indianapolis. The Indianapolis?" :D

    Everyone knows you need an M-1 for sharks! :cool:
     
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    I dunno about what gun, but I'm prepared for that catfish!

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  13. JamisJockey

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    Where in the hell do you think I got this peg-leg and eye patch?
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  14. entropy

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    My uncle used to use a .22 Kit Gun on muskies. Had one flop it's way into the boat, he shot it, putting a hole in the bottom. :p Had to start the motor up and head for shore quick and pull the boat up on shore.

    I'd use a long spike through the forehead of that cat myself. I used a big nail on the channel cats I would catch on the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers.

    Zundfolge, [​IMG] I'll bring the dirty rice!
     
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    That's Japanese. But you could make a heck of a lot of nunc mam (fish sauce) with that cat! ;) Or a big bowl of Tom Yup. (fish soup)
     
  17. MechAg94

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    My brother bow fishes. He said it would take At Least two arrows. :D

    Not in Texas though since they are game fish. :)
     
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    A gentleman I knew who grew up in Oklahoma in the 1930's would often tell of shooting 100+ pound catfish with a .22 rifle. His family was very poor and the fish were a major factor in their diet.
     
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    Shooting fish

    The code of Virginia states that it is illegal to shoot fish - with one exception. There's a very limited 'open season' in one or two counties in the southwestern part of the state where it is legal. Shooting from trees, the locals favor large-caliber rounds like the .45-70, as the bullet makes a big concussion when it strikes the water, stunning the fish. Presumably, the fish floats downstream to be retreived by another person with a net.
     
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    For a CATfish? A Charter Arms BULLDOG! :neener:


    That's one big honking fish!
     
  22. Khaotic

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    My uncle used to use a .22 Kit Gun on muskies. Had one flop it's way into the boat, he shot it, putting a hole in the bottom. Had to start the motor up and head for shore quick and pull the boat up on shore.

    Muskies.. *twitch*.. :uhoh:

    Me and a buddy were fishing (ok, he was fishing, I was getting ploshed on his beer) and he pulled one of those mean lil suckers up and in close.. didja know they're wickedly strong and extremely vicious ?
    Them some damned scary fish.. we too holed our boat during the struggle, resulting in me cutting the tops off two empty beer cans and bailing with them as my bud motored us to shore... wow a lot of water can get into a boat from a tiny little hole!

    If a mere muskie gave me that much trouble, I'd hate to see how much THAT thing would be :what:

    Depth charges guys... Depth charges... *ping*, *ping*... BOOM!

    -K
     
  23. TMM

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    .357 magnum. not too big, not too small. good penetrator, makes a decent sized hole.

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    :D :what: Umm...What caliber does dynamite come in? :what: :D
     
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    Congratulations, SLCDave, for being the first Highroader to offer the .460 S&w in response to a "What Caliber for ...?" thread. :D
     
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