Fish shop stocks up on catfish for Preds’ games

Predators fans visit Little Fish Company to purchase catfish to toss on the ice at games. (WSMV)

Smashville got ready for Game 7 at Bridgestone Arena, and some fans made pit stops for catfish before watching the game.

Chris Little runs Little's Fish Company in Germantown, and he's running with a Nashville Predator's tradition - the catfish.

"We normally don't carry the catfish with the head on it and the skin. Most folks don't want those," said Little.

But Preds fans do want it.

"We also have people that buy them for parties, things like that. People play games with them," said Little.

He said sales went up for the ugly, whiskered creature. You can't miss it when you walk in. It's surrounded by Preds gear, letting you know it's there for one reason, the popular throw onto home ice.

"I thought it was insane. I had no idea that it was a tradition at all," said Kaitie Roberts, who was shopping with a friend at Little's. "Then he told me about it a little while ago, and I just thought it was funny."

Roberts and Shane Green stopped in to buy some catfish but just as fillets. News4's Briona Arradondo asked if they ever paid $1.95 a pound for the whole thing.

"No I haven't, but I envy those who are brave enough to do it. (I've) never bought a whole catfish myself though," Green said.

The “instruments of crime” will stay in stock for as long as fans need one. The term is a throwback to last year when a fan known as "Catfish Jake" threw one on the ice in Pittsburgh during the Stanley Cup Final. He got charged for it, and the charges were later dropped. Now that moment lives on in fandom history.

"It's a lot of fun, we enjoy it every year. Of course, we want the team to win, but it's a lot of fun for us too to be a part of it," said Little.

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