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Fish Identification? How does it work? We've divided the fish which are commonly found in Coastal North Carolina into several categories. These relate to either the type of fish (tunas, billfish, etc) or the locations where they are most commonly caught. Of course, sometimes some of the fish in the Offshore/Reef group might swim closer to shore and be found where you would expect Inshore/Coastal fish. Likewise, some of the Inshore/Coastal fish is as much at home offshore as inshore. We have also listed all the fish by name only, in case you have no idea where they are commonly caught.
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Catfish are classified as warm water game fish, preferring water temperatures from the mid-70s to 80s. They're found naturally in large warm water rivers, including large tributaries of those waters, and have been stocked in many lakes and ponds. Catfish can tolerate muddy water but, contrary to popular belief, cannot survive where pollution levels are high or dissolved oxygen levels, low. Blue cats prefer clearer, faster water than the other catfish species.