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#1 gitano

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 08:15 PM

I've caught a lot of bullheads, and raised a few and never seen the likes of these. They're just spectacular to my eye!

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#2 bbrown

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 08:18 PM

wow, those really are good looking fish.

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 09:00 PM

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#4 Sean Phillips

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 09:54 PM

They are truly beautiful fish, right up there with Ameiurus serracanthus, I'd love to get a florida brown at some point.
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#5 gitano

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 11:23 PM

I see a lot of these fish (A. nebulosus) called A. serracanthus.

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#6 mattknepley

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 05:22 AM

An absolutely beautiful fish!

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#7 Kanus

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 09:01 AM

I picked up a florida brown bullhead out of a feeder shrimp tank once. He was around an inch long. I kept him for about 2 years until he was 9 or 10 inches long and had eaten too many tankmates for me to tolerate, so I gave him to a customer at my LFS that had a 250 with some florida gar. He was a gorgeous fish, I enjoyed him thoroughly.

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#8 Moontanman

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 02:33 PM

I've caught a lot of bullheads, and raised a few and never seen the likes of these. They're just spectacular to my eye!

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Paul


Nice looking fish! Black or spotted bullhead?
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#9 butch

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 03:57 PM

I've seen few marbled blacks and yellows occasionally.

#10 Mike

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 07:15 PM

I would like to see someone study (DNA check) the Southern Brown Bullhead to see if it is a separate species, it looks totally different then the brown bullheads here.
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#11 Sean Phillips

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 09:06 AM

Nice looking fish! Black or spotted bullhead?


It's a Brown, the southern strain. Spotteds are incredibly rare and my personal most sought after fish but it's hard to find even real images of them since they look so similar to FBBs.
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#12 Sean Phillips

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 09:07 AM

I would like to see someone study (DNA check) the Southern Brown Bullhead to see if it is a separate species, it looks totally different then the brown bullheads here.


I don't think it's a seperate species but it's very likely it could be a subspecies.
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#13 Moontanman

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 01:52 PM

It's a Brown, the southern strain. Spotteds are incredibly rare and my personal most sought after fish but it's hard to find even real images of them since they look so similar to FBBs.


How southern exactly?
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#14 Mike

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 11:11 PM

According to one of my older fish books they were considered a subspecies - Southern Brown Bullhead Ictalyrus nebulosus marmoratus & the Northern Brown Bullhead was Ictalyrus nebulosus nebulosus.

To me they look more like a different species then a lot of the darters that were recently split.
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#15 Moontanman

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Posted 24 December 2014 - 04:59 PM

According to one of my older fish books they were considered a subspecies - Southern Brown Bullhead Ictalyrus nebulosus marmoratus & the Northern Brown Bullhead was Ictalyrus nebulosus nebulosus.

To me they look more like a different species then a lot of the darters that were recently split.


I live in South Eastern NC I am pretty sure i have never seen a brown bullhead with that speckled coloration. I'll have to pay closer attention next time i catch some of them..
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#16 smbass

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Posted 24 December 2014 - 09:32 PM

Here is a spotted I caught in FL last winter...

http://gallery.nanfa... by JZ.JPG.html

I do not think they are all that rare you just have to be in the right river basins that they live in and fish for them at night. I have caught them in 3 separate river systems in FL. I just use night crawlers on the bottom on a small hook and just wait. I have had the best luck just before and just after sunset.

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#17 Sean Phillips

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Posted 25 December 2014 - 07:44 PM

How southern exactly?


Florida.
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#18 Sean Phillips

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Posted 25 December 2014 - 07:45 PM

Here is a spotted I caught in FL last winter...

http://gallery.nanfa... by JZ.JPG.html

I do not think they are all that rare you just have to be in the right river basins that they live in and fish for them at night. I have caught them in 3 separate river systems in FL. I just use night crawlers on the bottom on a small hook and just wait. I have had the best luck just before and just after sunset.


Man if you could catch a group and breed them in a pond of yours and sell them, those fry would go for a nice chunk money. I'd pay $30 for a 1"r.
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#19 Moontanman

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Posted 25 December 2014 - 09:28 PM

Here is a spotted I caught in FL last winter...

http://gallery.nanfa... by JZ.JPG.html

I do not think they are all that rare you just have to be in the right river basins that they live in and fish for them at night. I have caught them in 3 separate river systems in FL. I just use night crawlers on the bottom on a small hook and just wait. I have had the best luck just before and just after sunset.


Nice fish!
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#20 smbass

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 09:45 AM

Just have 2 currently and they might both be boys, they were in a pond all last summer with no results. Not sure when I am going to get to FL again either, it is a long way from OH.

Brian J. Zimmerman

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