RE: NANFA-- butter cat

Jay DeLong (
Mon, 12 Mar 2001 20:54:37 -0800


> OK, let's get this straight. I am talking about a native North
> American
>catfish, and a COLLOQUIAL name for it. I guess that I should admit that
>Jay has the correct answer, and will get the plants. In Florida, and many
>other locales in the Southeast, the Yellow Bullhead is called a butter cat,
>supposedly because of color and taste. My father, God rest his soul, used
>to talk about a favorite fishin' hole in southern Florida called
>"Stumpknocker Hole', and that the tastiest Butter Cats in the world, that
>could be caught there.

I don't know that I'll be at the convention, but thanks, Ken. When I was
16, a couple friends and I would sometimes stay out half the night fishing
for bullheads by lantern light on the banks of Scioto Brush Creek in
southern Ohio. I'd sneak some whiskey or bourbon in a jar from my dad's
liquor supply. He didn't drink much but he sometimes got bottles as gifts
around the holidays from where he worked. I remember thinking how awful
that stuff tasted. Nothing like it-- kids on a warm summer night sitting
under the stars with a Coleman lantern attracting moths and other insects,
listening to the sounds in the darkness-- frogs and crickets and the
occasional owl or whip-or-will, and sometimes even catching some fish but
usually catching our hooks on snags and not being able to even see our
lines in the water.

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

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