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Fish: Black Bullhead

NOT a bull$&@# fishing story

Post By: Digginjiggin      Posted: 9/4/2021 4:16:24 PM     Points: 503    
Nope, this is a real, live bullhead fishing story with my Grandson, Mason, and friend Dave. We ended up catching 16 bullhead catfish, kept six at 14” or better to fillet. Mason caught half of them. We were trying for bass. Dave caught two before the sun got higher by ten and they wouldn’t bite after that. But the bull kitties made for a great morning of warmwater action. Local public lake near Delta, nope I don’t do drone shots to show you where and how. Plastics in Yamamoto brand caught the bass, tipped with cut bait sunfish caught the bullheads.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 9/4/2021 5:25:44 PM     Points: 73331
good job.. and dang that's a fat bass
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 9/4/2021 6:05:49 PM     Points: 48925
Really nice bullhead and I know they were tasty. Great eating.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 9/4/2021 6:26:53 PM     Points: 77845
Heck of a morning. I'm frying some walleye as I type. Fish is gooood eatin!
 Reply by: 1fishwilly      Posted: 9/5/2021 12:20:05 AM     Points: 287
Sounds like you need to bring Mason on all of your fish eating trips... him catching half your fish for you is going to put you out of a job.
 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: 9/5/2021 7:10:15 AM     Points: 219
True bullhead fishing story…..we were fishing for bullheads on the Rock River in Wisconsin, a family affair, kids all the way up to grandpa. We had a camp fire and grilled up some brats etc. One of the kids did not finish her brat and threw the last inch or so into the water. A while later another kid pulled in a fish with a suspicious lump in its stomach. Yup.

They are good eating in early spring while the water is still cooler, the meat seems to get mushy later in the year. We called them yellow belly trout and our surf and turf was brats and bullheads.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 9/5/2021 7:43:11 AM     Points: 4992
I had to look this one up. 14" is Master Angler Bullhead. Might as well get the kid a certificate of immortality. Darn nice bass too - great pictures.
Let us know how they eat. I've never tried one.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 9/5/2021 8:54:30 AM     Points: 503
Thanks for the comments, guys. We have eaten them several times from this lake, the water is pretty clear and not too hot for late season. They have always tasted like channel cats to me. But you have to be sure to fillet out the red blood line meat.
Lance, Mason has more patience than me. I think he reels slower. Lots of times that’s the right formula. And he is learning to hold his mouth just right too, Lol.
 Reply by: Wmdunker      Posted: 9/5/2021 9:35:32 AM     Points: 475
Diggin - not to give anything away, but there are not a lot of possible warmwater lspecies akes with bullheads near Delta, but your secret is safe with me. I have always found bullheads to be tasty myself. Good story.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 9/5/2021 10:27:49 AM     Points: 503
You are right, the locals that do any fishing at all easily know this lake. But all the lakes around have been over-run the last two years, and the bullheads are in just a few locations near submerged brush that have bass. The depth is 6’ deeper than the other couple places there, and it attracts the 14” bullheads mixed with the normal 10” fish. Not going to give my hard earned locations to people that cruise this site without even posting. Thanks for your interest.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 9/5/2021 12:06:53 PM     Points: 2825
Good job, especially with your grandson and friend. Well done!

Growing up, we had a “Bullhead Board”! A plank nailed to a tree where Dad would nail a fish to the board, cut the skin around the head, and with a pair of pliers, pull the skin down all the way to the tail and cut it off.
Then Mom would finish the cleaning job, and cook them up As I remember it, nothing better than fresh bullhead fried in bacon grease!
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 9/5/2021 12:32:52 PM     Points: 9979
Come on, man! How am I gonna overrun the ponds down there without drone footage, and EXACT coordinates? I'm really busy and don't spend the time to find my own hot bites, how am I gonna get the TikToks for all my subscribers?

Good fun on the bullheads, I used to catch them mixed with snapping turtles in Texas, 40 years ago. Never got a 15" one, though.
 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: 9/5/2021 12:33:40 PM     Points: 219
If anyone is serious about eating and cleaning bullheads I suggest getting one of these. Makes skinning a snap!

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 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 9/7/2021 9:29:11 AM     Points: 746
Wow - those are some nice cats. Very cool
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 9/7/2021 9:07:53 PM     Points: 23629
Way to go Jerry, Mason and Dave. Good fun catching those bullheads. One of my favorite trips with my dad when I was a kid.

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