Friday, April 8, 2011

Catfishing Information To Help Land A Big Catch

By George Bowman

There is a wide variety of distinct species in the fish known as 'catfish.' If you've ever stepped in a river, lake or pond, you probably entered into the home of the catfish.

There are also a few catfish species that inhabit in saltwater. Most catfish are small in size, about ten to fifteen pounds, and are easily manageable.

However, some catfish can stack on the pounds as they grow older.

If you've seen the barbells of the catfish, that's their distinctive feature. They are essentially long tactile organs used for feeling around - much like a cat. These amazing organs bring in information about the environment, giving the animal excellent awarness.

Unlike cat whiskers, catfish barbells are equipped with taste buds that they use to catch fish in dark and cloudy waters when there is low visibility. This has an impact on what kind of bait to use. For more information on this, go to

As if the barbells weren't enough, the catfish also carries a cylindrical ray that shoots of its pectoral fin and dorsal fin. These are used for the catfish's defense, shooting out a protein when startled. The excrection causes a stinging sensation.

Some kids of catfish can carry a protein strong enough to in point of fact harm you. If you ever get stung, don't rule out the possibility that you may need to go to the hospital.

One of the most interesting and strange ways to catch catfish is to go noodling.

To noodle, check out the areas where catfish will most likely be found, under logs and rocks.

Often noodling should be done where the water level isn't really high. This is done with a group of spotters.

After spotting a likely catfish hiding place, the next step is to insert a stick into the hole to make sure it is a catfish Next, the noodler puts their hand into the hiding spot to lure the fish.

Naturally, the catfish will wonder what is going on, and attack the hand - ideally(?) biting it. When it bites, it holds on to the hand, allowing the noodler to pull it out.

Now the noodler can't take the fish off his hand by himself, so the spotters come by to pull the fish off, and place it in an accompanying 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.

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