from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name common in the United States to several species of catfish: so called from being found in the channels of rivers.
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"I'll show you how to skin a channel-cat," said Burney as he drew forth his steel pincers.
They fastened a stout line through the gills of the big fish and towed him to the shore and pulled him out on the beach -- a blue channel-cat of forty pounds.
When a channel-cat takes the bait, the jug stands on end and begins to scud through the water.
I can get a ham-hock and some beef lights, while you look over the hooks on the jugs -- there ain't no bait like a ham-hock for juggin ', fer a channel-cat wants a meat that won't turn white in water. "