Catfish is a assorted group of fish that comprise of a wide variety of different species. Catfish live in fresh water and you can find them all over the world, except in Antarctica Some but not many catfish species have their habitat in saltwater. Ten to fifteen pounds is the common size for catfish, so they are easy manageable. You have some catfish which grow very large and old and can give anglers a very tough fight.
You can recognize a catfish because of his large barbells. The barbells are elongated tactile organs that are located close to the mouth, and are very like to the whiskers on a cat. Just like cat’s whiskers, the barbells are used to screen the environment and heighten the animal’s awareness of its surroundings. Unlike cat whiskers, catfish barbels are equipped with taste buds that they are used to in dark and cloudy waters where there is low visibility.
Catfish also have a hollow leading ray on their dorsal and pectoral fins. This leading ray is very strong, and the catfish can use it to excrete a potent protein when it becomes frightened or annoyed. This protein stings. The protein in some catfish is strong enough to injure humans. Some people must have even hospital care after being stung by a catfish. One of the species called the Electric Catfish is without this hollow leading ray and therefore incapable of protein attacks. Instead, Electric Catfish are capable of sending out a severe electric shock of up to 350 volts.
If you want to try a different way to catch catfish and you are up for a challenge, leave your rod and reel behind and go noodling. Once used by native Americans, noodling caught on as a fishing technique during the Depression, and later became a sport. The first thing you do when you start noodling is looking our for spots where catfish holding up, such as under rocks, shallow logs and other surface features. Noodling is generally done in water shallow enough for easy wading. A noodler will also have a team of spotters with them to help.
A stick is inserted into the hole once a prospective catfish hiding spot is located. They make sure it is not the hole of a snake or turtle. The noodler will use their hand as bait and put his hand in the hole. Being threatened, the catfish will attack and bite the hand. Than the noodler will be able to pull the catfish out of his hole with ease. The spotters will immediately remove the fish from the noodlers hand an throws it in the boat. It is the spotters’ job to help the noodler in case the fish is too heavy or the fish starts to pull the noodler into the water. Some catfish grow very large and are capable drowning a noodler. This makes the sport of noodling very thrilling for some anglers.