Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.
Today’s episode was originally Episode-2780- The Most Misunderstood Delicious Fish in America and was originally published on November 24th 2020.
This series of rewinds running from Oct. 19th – 29th will be a skill set based rewind series.
All episodes will be dedicated to improving skill sets and knowledge base.
The following are the original show notes from that episode.
Today I was gonna do a show about living free in an age of digital tyranny. I thought about it though as tomorrow is the Thanksgiving Special Show, and then I am out until Monday. It just seems like a good day for an informative, useful and yet totally light hearted show.
Well just so happens I was moving stuff around in the freezer today and found a few packs of bullhead catfish which were recently “shucked” and set aside for eating on a cold winter day. I thought “hey you know I have talked about these guys in various ways over the years but never did anything really dedicated to them”.
I do consider this a survival topic, consider the range of bullheads in the US. is almost anywhere in the Continental US with water and into many areas of Canada. This means 90% of more people have this edible, easy to catch fish near them. A source of food you almost can’t over fish that works in back yard systems as well.
Today I will destroy every single objection made in regard to these guys and tell you why the littlest catfish is a great resource and fantastic eating.
Join Me Today to Discuss…
- There are three species, black, brown and yellow but unless you have a record class fish it don’t matter
- The biggest objections and myths about these fish as food fish (tune in for my response to them)
- Finding them
- They are almost everywhere but
- They like small bodies of water
- They like cover like culverts, bank cut outs, holes, etc.
- Slow moving areas in creeks and small rivers
- Park ponds and such are generally over populated with them
- If bluegill are present in general so are bulheads
- They are almost everywhere but
- Catching them
- Bottom rigs are the way to go
- Almost any cut or live bait works but some good options are
- Hot Dog
- Cut Shiners (golden shiner)
- Shad or cut shad (fresh)
- Corn or Bacon (some places either works excellent in others they don’t touch either one)
- Shrimp and shrimp flavored “fish bites“
- Local minnows
- Small goldfish
- Ultra Light to Medium Action Spinning Rods
- Bobbers set to about 1 inch above the bottom work great in some situations
- If you are not getting bites, switch bait and/move
- Chumming is a great idea if legal (dog kibble or blood meal, tune in for how, use a cricket puck)
- The good and bad for back yard systems (aquaculture, aquaponics, etc)
- The Good
- Easy to pellet train, when they get hungry they will eat
- Can be fed minnows you self propagate, fresh water shrimp, etc
- Grow to size relatively fast if well fed
- Survive in water others won’t
- Will breed under the right conditions (space and hides)
- The Bad (with mitigation suggestions)
- Produce a lot of waste
- Will attack and eat each other (if not managed right)
- Can hurt you with those barbed fins
- Subject to Ich as all “skin fish” are
- The Good
- Favorite ways to cook them (I only shuck at this point)
- Fried whole in redfish magic seasoning (brush with butter then season)
- Grilled whole also with redfish magic
- Smoked (pellet tube) just lightly then grilled
- Breaded and pan fried (Everglades when cheating, keto mix when not)
- My wife is picky on fish and she LOVES all these options
- Final Thoughts – Is this one of the ultimate survival forage options, I say yes
- Most places they are not game fish, no limits, etc.
- No one cares if you take them
- Very little competitive pressure
- Fast to clean if you know how
- The waste is fertilizer for the garden
- Found almost anywhere
- Kids love them because they are easy to catch
- Teach you all you need to know to get started fishing
- Once you dial in a location they can be caught almost year round
Resources for today’s show…
- Follow Life With Jack on Instagram
- TSP Facebook Group
- Join the Members Brigade
- Join Our Forum
- Walking To Freedom
- TSPC on Discord
- TSPC Group on Telegram (group chat)
- TSPC Telegram Channel (just messages from me)
- Jack on Flote
- Jack on MeWe
- Join Me on Odysee
- Buy Bitcoin on CoinBase
- My Favorite NoKYC Cryto Exchange CoinEx
- Making Salted Shrimp
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