Survival Fishing – Beware the Catfish!



WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS A LITTLE BLOOD AND GORE! Catfish are tasty to eat and plentiful across North America, making them a fish that one would be likely to encounter while fishing either for fun or sustenance. However, ALL catfish in North America have venomous spurs that compose their top and side fins. Watch me deal with having a catfish spur broke off in my hand.

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Comments (43)

  1. SouthAngler Reames

    I got a hook stuck in my face

    August 8, 2016
  2. YeahNo101 ?

    You need more subs man. You know Florida and you know in detail what animals live here. Learned a lot from watching. Appreciate the time you take to make these.

    August 8, 2016
  3. Kristina Limbu

    lol u nub

    August 8, 2016
  4. Connor Hunter

    hey bullfrog

    August 8, 2016
  5. Devan Inderlall

    Same thing happened to me couple years ago tried to pull it out and spine broke in my hand had to have minor surgery to get it out

    August 8, 2016
  6. kbrahmer

    thank you

    August 8, 2016
  7. mcse9073 rue

    full of bull

    August 8, 2016
  8. unoriginal doge memes

    so all catfish have this?

    August 8, 2016
  9. Miguel Diaz

    Had no idea bullfrog, but happy that you recovered. Be more careful next time.

    August 8, 2016
  10. David Anderson

    if you get hurt by the barbs from the catfish you can take your finger along its belly and you will get a slime jelly rub it over the wound and it will kill the pain done it many times works every time just dont throw the fish back if your hurt you can still eat it

    August 8, 2016
  11. Brandon Cliatt

    One time my Dad had snatched up one of my catfish that I had caught ,cause the sucker had a big hole in it's and came off as soon as it touched the bank and then my Dad snatched the darn thing and then you hear a bunch of mumbled words. This is my Dad's expression:?????????????

    August 8, 2016
  12. Matt Storie

    The venom or slime that is on the spines can be neutralized by the slime on their bellies. Whenever I get snagged by one, I immediately tien it over and rub the area that got tagged on the fish's belly. There is an immediate affect to the pain when doing so.

    August 8, 2016
  13. gotaburn

    Take a old thong or sandal (not hard rubber you want to use anything with a soft sole) use it to smack down on the spike (not hard you just want the spike stuck in the sole, get the hook out and shake the fish off), he can't sick you if you do that.

    August 8, 2016
  14. Jody O'Hara

    It's a pectoral fin. Why insist on the extra i?

    August 8, 2016
  15. James Cronin

    Wow. Nobody can accuse you of staging that. Thanks for having the mental wherewithal to film that (although probably not a good idea to do so while driving). I think many people will benefit from your experience. Thanks for sharing.

    August 8, 2016
  16. Mike l

    hope u r ok. these spines could cause severe fever. first thing u do when u caught catfish= clip away all its spines.

    August 8, 2016
  17. Tom P.

    I have found the smaller the catfish, the more dangerious they are.   I've been poked by more small bullheads than anything else.

    August 8, 2016
  18. Wiggy's Wilderness

    I caught a fin from a channel cat in the thumb knuckle this past summer. It sure does hurt, but I've never seen a spur come out like that before! That's wicked looking. Glad it was no worse than it was.

    August 8, 2016
  19. Blake Llde

    and that's why I use a towel and players for unhooking fish

    August 8, 2016
  20. MrBogeyone

    I was taught to take the fish from the underside. That way you only have to trap the pactorial fins. The bigger ones like I have pictured here are lipped with a gloved hand, much like a bass or any other large fish. Their tooth plate can remove flesh very easy though so be careful. On the smaller ones I trap one pect between my index and middle fingers and block the other in the up position with my thumb. Still, the serrations on the fin will take skin off and the toxins will eventually start working on your hand. A channel cat about 14 inches is perfect for my hand though. Smaller ones are more dangerous.

    August 8, 2016
  21. joseph brown

    When i first move to arkansas from arizona in 1976 my neighber (in his 70's) taught me how to fish. When i caught my first catfish he warned me about those fins also , but then he told me that when i got stuck and i WOULD get stuck sooner or later , to take the catfish that stuck me, and it had to be THAT fish, and rub the slime from its belly onto the wound. Said the bleeding AND the pain would nearly stop imediatly. Being a 7 year old, i scoffed at what was surly a Tall Tail, but sure enough, that summer i got spured by a cat and that sucker hurt and bled pretty good, so i tried the belly of that fish on the wound and sure enough the hurt quit and so did the bleeding.

    August 8, 2016
  22. Tom Eskew

    I got one stuck up my toe and thought I had pulled it out but three weeks later I pulled out a 3/4 inch spine

    August 8, 2016
  23. matt atherton

    I just hold them by the lip like a bass and if its a big one, hold by the lip and tail at the same time. and man can those big ones bite your thumbs hard!

    August 8, 2016
  24. matt williams

    the worst pain I had ever had was a salt water catfish fell off of my hook and finned me right between the second and last joint of my big toe. poison and broken fin

    August 8, 2016
  25. james pringle

    sunfish have spurs also, when I catch them I flatten them down with my hand before removing hook.

    August 8, 2016
  26. Kim Champion

    that was cool

    August 8, 2016
  27. Kim Champion

    that was cool

    August 8, 2016
  28. Kim Champion

    that was cool

    August 8, 2016
  29. Kim Champion

    that was c9ol

    August 8, 2016
  30. Evan Denhof

    I have been stung by one before and it hurts bad. I have never seen a the stinger come out. That is insane

    August 8, 2016
  31. Florida Bullfrog

    Janet, I agree with you that a person should know how to treat a serious wound in the field. However, my philosophy on bushcraft is that bushcraft methods are last ditch methods to use in the most dire of emergencies only and the only point of treating serious wounds in the field is to keep you alive long enough to get to an ER. If I was seriously hurt I would never pass up the chance to go to a hospital just to do things the "bushcraft" way and avoid a hospital trip. I think the trendiness of all things "bushcraft" has been negative in regards to giving people the wrong idea that the bushcraft way of doing something is the "best" way. Often it isn't. I would never trust a first aid kit to do what needed to be done in this circumstance without a trip to the hospital. The barb was near my artery (and at the time I didn't know whether it was in fact in the artery or not). I knew that the barb was serrated and that it was so deep that it had to be cut out. Finally, I knew that the catfish's mucus could be full of infectious things. It was the threat of infection that worried me more than anything. A little rubbing alcohol wouldn't do the trick. I knew I needed serious anti-biotics. Therefore I decided that it was best to let a medical professional deal with the barb instead of me trying to yank it out myself. I'd encourage anyone to do the same. I'd only consider doing it myself if the barb was only in superficially or if a hospital wasn't practical to get to within an hour or two.

    August 8, 2016
  32. etbassdon66

    OOH ! OW OW OW , do saltwater catfish have the extra bad germs like other saltwater animals like sting rays ? I was under the impression that marine critters were more "toxic " .

    August 8, 2016
  33. Janet Wilham

    IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO BUSHCRAFT–YOU FIRST SHOULD LEARN HOW TO DO MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. THIS SAME THING HAPPENED TO MY HUSBAND…BUT I HAD THE EMERGENCY REMOVAL TOOLS AND MEDS AT HAND…SO WAS ABLE TO REMOVE AND TO SANITIZE THE WOUND. NOTE–NEVER STOP THE BLEEDING IN A PUNCTURE WOUND UNLESS THE BLEEDING IS LIFE THREATENING, ESPECIALLY WITH CATFISH. SO KEEP IT BLEEDING AND IF NECESSARY MAKE IT BLEED MORE…..THEN BANDAGE AND KEEP THE WOUND SANITIZED.

    August 8, 2016
  34. Dimitri Argiropoulos

    Omg at 3:36 there's a spider on his right hand

    August 8, 2016
  35. Dimitri Argiropoulos

    Omg at 3:36 there's a spider on his right hand

    August 8, 2016
  36. Dimitri Argiropoulos

    Omg at 3:36 there's a spider on his right hand

    August 8, 2016
  37. ThatAverage Gamer

    +Gaming Catfish NOOO WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU

    August 8, 2016
  38. #GTFO TROLLFACE

    +3:32 he had a spider in his thumb

    August 8, 2016
  39. Chris Konopasek

    And the crocodiles in Florida

    August 8, 2016
  40. Rusty Lee

    Fishing as a kid in S.W. Fla my fishing buddy got a catfish spike thru his tennis shoe. It has always left me with a healthy respect for them. Glad you're OK.

    August 8, 2016
  41. DR Hayden

    "Looking at the fish to take his mind off the pain. How ironic."  Hah this is the funniest thing I've heard in a while.  Thanks for your videos.  And the humor!

    August 8, 2016
  42. Rick Osteen

    I had the exact thing done to me. About a 6 lb. sail cat stuck me in the same spot as you.

    August 8, 2016
  43. sq “sqhunter” hunter

    good video,he got you ive been got but never like that, and i fish the delta in California.

    August 8, 2016

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