blue catfish


Definition of blue catfish 

: a large bluish catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) of the Mississippi River valley that may weigh over 100 pounds (45 kilograms)

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That’s almost twice the heft of the state record holder, a 69-pound blue catfish, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Brett Clarkson,, "Florida fisherman catches a freakishly huge 120-pound catfish, and the photos are incredible," 25 Apr. 2018 On March 20, biologists with Texas Parks and Wildlife caught a 42-inch blue catfish during a survey of the lake. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Why Lake Conroe is full of monster fish," 30 Mar. 2018 Invasive species, such as flathead and blue catfish, are growing in number and preying on native fish. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "A swim in the Potomac? The river’s remarkable recovery makes that a possibility, report says.," 27 Mar. 2018 The kind of fresh, sediment saturated water a blue catfish might find suitable, but certainly not anything salinity-loving speckled trout or even most redfish would tolerate if given a choice. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Reading and heeding the signs of spring," 22 Mar. 2018 For those who'd like to tangle with one of the giant blue catfish found in Lake Wheeler and Lake Wilson, January has historically been one of the best months. Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report," 19 Jan. 2018 Though catfishing is generally thought of as a leisurely summertime pursuit for anglers, for a few specialists intent on chasing monster blue catfish, winter is prime time. Frank Sargeant,, "Time for whopper blue cats in Lake Wheeler," 23 Jan. 2018 An Oklahoma fisherman named Bernie McBryde set a record Tuesday for largest catch in Fort Gibson Lake, hauling in this 82.7-pound blue catfish on a jug. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "This fisherman caught an 82-pound catfish. But it's no match for Indiana's record.," 19 Dec. 2017 The record for heaviest blue catfish in Texas is 121.50 pounds, caught in Texoma in early 2004. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Lucky Lone Star fisherman catches a massive catfish in a North Texas lake," 22 Dec. 2017

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1818, in the meaning defined above

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