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So About Those Giant Catfish…

by Prince Of Petworth April 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm 13 Comments

Yesterday a reader sent in a photo and story of catching (and releasing) a giant catfish from the Potomac river. Another reader sends a very different experience:

“They pull huge ones out like that every week. And eat them. This photo [Ed. Note: explicit photo after the jump.] is right across from the Watergate near the bike path, dude gutting a 35lb fish on a Thursday morning….”

Another reader asked @Dinodc (3435 Connecticut Ave, NW) on twitter:

“Is this the invasive blue catfish?” @Dinodc replied:

“They are. And they are tasty. MD DNR recommends them for eating too.

We are serving them with ramps, asparagus butter w/sweet potato & turnip mash!”

Photo after the jump. Warning do not click if squeamish – very explicit photo of fish being gutted

  • Ed

    Squeamish about this photo? You should not eat fish.

    • otis

      Squeamish about watching invasive surgery? You should not participate in modern medicine.

      • RobB

        Food comes from animals, it is disrespectful to pretend otherwise.

        • otis

          I assume you mean non-vegetarian food, in which case yes, I don’t think anyone is arguing that fish doesn’t come from fish. Some people are squeamish about seeing blood, does that mean they shouldn’t have a circulatory system? Being comfortable with something existing, and being comfortable watching something, are two entirely different things.

          • anon

            I’m a level 5 vegan. I won’t eat anything that casts a shadow.

  • Anonymous

    I have seen things that make me more squeamish at Madhatter on a Friday night.

  • Anonymous

    i’ve seen more explicit photos on marion barry’s facebook page

  • Anonymous

    do NOT eat them, you can get sick as heck

  • One day I was walking near the water around Fletcher’s Boathouse and saw a couple of guys with what looked to be one of these – it was so heavy that they had tied it to a branch and two guys were walking with the branch in between, resting on one of each guy’s shoulders. Unfortunately, the DC city government does not recommend eating catfish, carp, or eel from the river: http://green.dc.gov/service/fishing-district

  • Wait, Dino is serving Catfish pulled out of the Potomac?

    That is so terribly unresponsible and unsafe. If that’s the case, then shame on Dino. If you have a DC fishing license, it says on the back of it, in no uncertain terms, DO NOT EAT CATFISH OR CARP FROM THE POTOMAC OR ANACOSTIA.

    What, you couldn’t find any cows with mad cow disease from local sources to serve?

    • Prince Of Petworth

      I believe he was talking about Blue Catfish in general not specifically from the Potomac.

  • Alley Cat

    Not surprisingly, that’s what Mr. Castro says it’s healthy food in Cuba.

  • oy!

    These people are fools. There are signs right at that spot that say there is sewage outlet right there and to never eat any fish from the river

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