“Free Catfishing Information"

Dear Friend

A great variety of catfish species is spread on all continents except for Antarctica, their most numerous population being in South America, Africa, and Asia. The fish in this group live in freshwater and most species prefer living underground. They generally hide in the sand on the bottom of the water, be it a lake or in the sea. Their skin bares such color that it acts as a camouflage mechanism for the fish. Most catfish are small, light and easy to manage, but some species grow larger and live longer.

The name of this group of fish comes from their most distinctive feature: the barbells that bear a remarkable resemblance to a cat’s whiskers. The barbells are pairs of tactile organs located close to the fish’s mouth. They may be located closer to the nose, on the maxillary or on the chin and they serve as “radars” that helps the fish become more aware of its surroundings. Also, the barbells have a function similar to that of a human tongue: they are equipped with taste buds, helping the catfish catch other small fish in dark or muddy waters..

Their most effective defense mechanism, which is also a distinctive sign of most species in the catfish group, is the hollow leading ray on their dorsal and pectoral fins, which expels a protein the moment the fish becomes scared or irritated. The system works in a matter that is similar to the release of adrenaline in the human body. This protein varies in strength and quantity. It can cause a minor sting or it can lead to a person’s death. There is one particular species of catfish, the electric catfish, which lacks the leading ray. Instead, as a defense technique, this fish is able to send an electric shock of up to 350 volts.

Those who want to fish for catfish should forget all about the rod and reel and learn a thing or two about noodling. Noodling is a specific practice that requires someone to use nothing more than their bare hands in order to catch the catfish. Historically, this was the only way the Native Americans could fish; nowadays it has become a sport.

The easiest part of noodling is spotting the area where catfish may live. Rocks and shallow spots are the most popular locations. Usually, noodlers prefer shallow waters, since it is easier to catch the catfish and bring it to the surface. After the spot is chosen, the noodle inserts a stick to make sure there is a catfish in the hole and not some other animal. The hardest and most exciting part comes right after this. The noodle inserts a hand in the hole, basically using it as bait. When the catfish attacks and bites the hand, the noddler will pull it out and throw it into the boat. If the fish is too heavy, the other team members will help.

Catfishing is an interesting sport, but it is also very dangerous, since some catfish can grow to be very large and can end up pulling the person down with then rather than the other way around.

Sincerely

Ronald Hoff

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