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What do you think this is?

A little trophy from the last ice season ; anyone know what it is?
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Re: [willami] What do you think this is? In reply to
I really have no idea but I'll take a guess, is it a jaw bone of a Northern Pike?


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Re: [willami] What do you think this is? In reply to
It looks to me like either a snake's lower jaw or a catfish spine. A size reference would certainly narrow down the possibility of either one.
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Re: [willami] What do you think this is? In reply to
Pretty sure it is a pectoral fin spine from a catfish. Very familiar with those since I always cut them off on any cats I plan to keep...and handle.

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Re: [TubeDude] What do you think this is? In reply to
Catfish pectoral fin is correct, channel cat to be exact.
Just thought it might help remind people to be careful when grabbing them. I've been nicked throwing them back and know the sting, can't even imagine what a deep puncture would feel like.
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Re: [willami] What do you think this is? In reply to
I have fished for cats all over the country, and I have handled thousands of cats...of all sizes. The bigger ones usually have blunted spines and are not as dangerous. But smaller ones have super sharp spines and they instinctively roll and flop when handled...to get their weaponry into angler flesh.


I know how to handle cats, but sometimes they outsmart me...and I bleed. Here are a couple of pics.

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Re: [TubeDude] What do you think this is? In reply to
Nice pictures, smaller catfish are terrifying. Its no wonder they're one of the most successful species of fish, worldwide.
When a fish draws my blood I consider it as karma or something but that looks like a whole seasons worth of karma. Usually when I get a big cat I pick it up by the lip like a bass and let it bite my thumb, unfortunately that thumbs been scuff free this summer.

Side note;
Looked up most abundant fish worldwide and got to this PAGE.
Looks like something out of a charles addams cartoon.
Says they number in the thousands of trillions, should be pretty safe from extinction, at least until the chinese start eating them.
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(This post was edited by willami on Jul 12, 2018, 7:14 PM)
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Re: [willami] What do you think this is? In reply to
I have a special tool that I use for lipping any fish that doesn't have dangerous teeth.
I don't think I can mention the name of it here since it would be a form of unpaid advertising.

The device is basically a semi soft cover for the finger that you can put on or take off as needed.Cool


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Re: [tubeN2] What do you think this is? In reply to
LOL, that rule does not apply for regular long time members that are simply trying to educate others, that would not be a form of unpaid advertising. We do have a lot of new members that try that just to advertise their web site or produces, so I'm always watchful of those tactics.


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Re: [willami] What do you think this is? In reply to
It looks like the fin of catfish. Am i right?

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(This post was edited by wiperhunter2 on Aug 2, 2018, 7:13 AM)
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Re: [WILLIAM99] What do you think this is? In reply to
Its from one of the fins on the side, they usually make that squeaking noise ; seems like they inject or throw off something that stings bad.
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(This post was edited by willami on Aug 7, 2018, 8:58 PM)
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Re: [willami] What do you think this is? In reply to
It looks like the fin of catfish or something you are trying to fun. am i right??
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Re: [holaniloie308] What do you think this is? In reply to
Its a pincer from a large ant, just want to know what kind. They live in the ice and eat discarded bait, they're a big problem here.
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(This post was edited by willami on Sep 14, 2018, 8:02 AM)