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I caught this catfish this morning in South West Florida in a freshwater canal. This is the first time I have ever seen red fins on a catfish. Is this normal or is this some kind of catfish disease. Any help would be greatly appreciated..
Did you fight that fish for a long time? I know certain fish species, when they fight for awhile, start to bust blood vessels, and their fins will turn red.
Allen, I caught it on a light spinning rod and it did take me a little while to land it.
We defiantly have our share of non native species. I attempted to attach a pic, but I may have not done it right. I will try to attach again.
The more I think of it, I don't remember the fins being red when I landed it. I first noticed the color when I took it out of the cooler prior to dressing it.
Nice mix of Redear and Coppers......
Often when cats are placed in ice the fins will go red from blood circulation as the body reacts to the colder temperatures.......I see it in channel cats pretty often......this fish looks like a black bullhead to me and a nice one.........
Thanks Jeff. I have never observed this before. It makes sense. I really appreciate all the responses to my question. BBG certainly has a great bunch of folks.