Missouri angler catches (and shoots) Piebald catfish

Missouri fisherman Chad Hester hooked up a unique piebald blue catfish last week on the Mississippi River. taste it? Asian carp is considered lump or gaseous, depending on Kansas City Fox 4.

The catfish was mostly white, with the exception of a few gray spots near its head and tail. Hester fished near West Alton, a small river town north of St. Louis, an area known for its big catfish. A 130-pound catfish was recovered from the nearby Missouri River, which empties into the Mississippi River at the eastern end of West Alton, in 2010. The 124-pound catfish was tied up in the Mississippi River in 2005 by an Illinois fisherman.

Hester said in an interview published by Kansas City Fox 4: “It was definitely a book that was made for books. I got scared. I’m like a holy cow. That’s it. It’s happening. I’ve never been able to see one in real life.”

Hester snapped some quick pictures with the piebald catfish, weighed them, and then put the fish back in the river. The catfish tip the scales at 36 pounds, measuring 43 inches.

“[I videoed it] So everyone can see that I released this fish, and that I didn’t harm the fish.” “That way he can spread his genes in the wild and someone else might have a chance to catch him.”

It is unclear if anyone has ever caught a blue piebald catfish the size of Hesters. He’s been searching social media and the internet, trying to find out. The last beybald catfish was caught by a fisherman from Tennessee. This fish was caught in late September and weighs 27 pounds. He was hooked up during a bass fishing trip with a guide on the waters of the Tennessee River.

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One thing we do know is that in a 2014 report, the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Commission explained that it has only caught two catfish in its 17 years collecting tens of thousands of catfish, so this really is a rare catch. From the LMRCC: “There is some variation in colour, from dark pigment (melanic) to snow-white (loucy), but one species of blue catfish is much rarer: the piebald blue. ) and “bald” (for spot or white spot) and refers to a distinct but highly contrasting pattern of spotting in animals.Having the same size and shape as a regular blue catfish, the piebald blues stands out for its white marbled skin with prominent black and/or gray spots. ”

“It actually did this wonderful thing,” Hester said. “Most fish when you let them go, they swim right away.” “If you watch the video, it kind of pops out, turns sideways… like he was waving goodbye. Then he got off into the river.”

Hester plans to get a replica of the piebald blue cat from the photos he took.

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