Monster channel cat or decent blue?

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blackbullhead's picture
Monster channel cat or decent blue?

Saw this recently on social media of a 47 pound "pending record" catfish from Lake Tawakoni, TX. The post quickly generated a spirited debate as to whether the fish was a channel catfish as claimed or merely a modest-sized blue (still bigger than any I've caught).

Fortunately they took a pic of the anal fin...

Very curious to hear what folks on here think.

TonyS's picture

I think I count at 29 rays and the anal fin runs off the frame so it should be beyond the range for Channels.  Beyond that, the shape better aligns with a Blue in my opinion

Corey's picture
Blue Cat!

The fin is worn down to make the anterior portion look curved. But the margin is straight and there are too many rays. Wonderful blue cat, quite a specimen.

Kenman's picture
Seems like a blue

though im not to familiar with these northern cats, but they way how that anal fin is shaped seems like a blue to me


blackbullhead's picture
My thoughts as well.

Feeling somewhat vindicated after seeing so many claims that it was a channel. Quite a few people believe the world record channel cat is (67 pounds caught in the 60s) was actually a blue cat. The picture isn't great, but I'm inclined to believe it. It seems channels tend to be bigger outside of the range of blue cats.

SDfisher's picture
On a like note- the State of

On a like note- the State of South Dakota recently removed the long standing record (since the 40's) channel catfish record as further investigation of the picture it was deemed to be a blue catfish, not a channel.  So currently SD has no record channel catfish.  I am sure that will change many times this year.

blackbullhead's picture

Interesting update here...The guide service reported that TX fish and wildlife did a DNA test that showed this was a blue X channel hybrid. I could not find any more info than that, still scratching my head as it looks 100% blue to me.

I saw the pic of the old SD record..indeed quite obviously a blue. Good to know they set it straight!