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 Post subject: Catfish
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:07 pm 
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Acording to Fishbase.org the Wallago Attu catfish has "near threatened status in Western Ghats" and yet none of the protection afforded the mahseer seems to be given this fish. Even organisations dedicated to preserving fish and wildlife allow them to be taken for food and their officials dismiss the Wallago as "a bottom feeder".
Isn't it about time these fish got some protection ? Afterall, catfish tourism is just as much a money spinner as mahseer fishing as a look at any website dedicated to fishing the river Ebro in Spain will demonstrate.

http://www.fishbase.org/Country/Country ... ecies=attu


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:09 pm 
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Valid point made Ken


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:24 am 
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Finally, another catfish fan.

Up here in Pakistan the various species of catfish in particular have suffered due to the ill effects of non-stop commercial netting.

By law the contractors who control the commercial fishing have to stock large amounts of fry into the waters that they are netting, as this is done in a haphazard and unprofessional manner this does not reset the balance in the eco-system but at least they're doing something. Most of these fingerlings though are various species of carp.

Since the Singhara (Aorichthys Seenghala) and Mulee (Wallago Attu) are popular table fish they are harvested in large amounts, but since catfish are not bred in hatcheries in Pakistan no fingerlings are restocked. This has had adverse effects. If it were not for the fact that catfish are amongst the toughest and most resilient of fish species their numbers would decline immensely.

Since the Wallago Attu is the primary predator in many waters its absence also damages the eco-system.


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 Post subject: big catfish
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:25 pm 
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We caught this off the canal that runs from the varthur lake..
near samethnalli after hope farm
bait ...chicken guts...on mustad 1/0....

dirty water...didn't eat the fish ...

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:50 pm 
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Oooh...that is a good catch Jude...!!!

By the way, why is (who ever holding the fish)'s feet masked? :roll:

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:28 pm 
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Same question from me too.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:50 pm 
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The fish in the picture is not a native catfish. I think its an African Hybrid Catfish of the Clarias family.

These fish apperantly taste horrible and ruin the balance of nature by consuming everything in its path including garbage and other predators.

Truth be told, I wouldnt mind catching one that size though! Nice catch!

Ive heard their quite aggressive and may take lures as well.

They're not found in Pakistan right now but since they are present in East Punjab its only a matter of time before they establish themselves in the Ravi or Sutlej rivers and make their way to West Punjab.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:37 am 
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oh jude it was this cat u were talking bout....pretty huge...what else u catch?


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