Dan, I caught a channel cat the other day, 14 pounds and 25 inches long. After cleaning it and getting it ready to fry in the deep fryer, my wife and

Dan, I caught a channel cat the other day, 14 pounds and 25 inches long. After cleaning it and getting it ready to fry in the deep fryer, my wife and I tried to eat it and it was rubbery. I have never had this to happen before. Was it to large of a cat or should I have boiled it first, then fried? My uncle has plenty of cats this size, channel cats, and even larger in his lakes. These lakes have not been fished for 15 years and I would like to catch more and try to cook them. Please, let me know what I may have done or should I forget about cooking fish this size?

There can be various causes for this. First, I would try to catch another and see if you get the same results. That particular catfish could have been quite old and that can account for the rubbery taste. If you don’t have any other problems with others you catch then that is what my guess would be.
You can also try various ways to cook the catfish in the future if you find this is an ongoing problem with that particular pond. You will find fantastic recipes online or you can create some of your own. You can fry the fish, grill it, and even bake it. Let me know how it turns out for you. I would also suggest asking other people that fish in the same location what their experience has been. They may be able to offer you a solution that is specific to the location where that catfish comes from.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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