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New Info on Catfish Feeding Habits

Research shows how catfish use smell and taste when feeding

WHAT GOES THROUGH the brain of a feeding catfish is anybody’s guess, but most anglers would agree that Old Whiskers probably uses all the senses at his disposal. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences sheds some light on the murky world of catfish feeding. Employing digitized tracking to mark the paths of European catfish and guppies in a dark tank, researchers found that the catfish used smell or taste to determine “prey wakes” left by the guppies. The catfish followed the wakes like beagles on a rabbit trail, never cutting corners, which would have indicated the use of sight. Eventually the cats struck the guppies from behind, allowing for an easier capture as the guppies never knew what hit them (the researchers could determine this by the absence of any predator-avoidance behaviors).

Movement of the bait, or a cast into the flow, followed by a very slow retrieve into slack water, would seem to create a wider wake, the aromatic equivalent—to a catfish, anyway—of a louder dinner bell.

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from gator dawg 2 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

very helpful information

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from fisher girl wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I agree, very helpful.

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from snowmanusmc wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

this does work. I tried casting fresh bluegill cut bait then draging it back my hook ups have almost doubled. Well maybe not that good but it has helped a lot.

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from flatheadman32 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

thanks for the help green card lottery

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from wyo hunter wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Thanks for the help i need it

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from catfisher33 wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

next time i go out ill remeber this

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from mop4pom wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

this works. always back your bait up. it will double you hits per night.

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from earlyriser81 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I have had success doing this while fishing for cats in both ponds and rivers.

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from blt0001 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Has anyone ever heard of a catfish hitting a buzzbait? My roomate caught about a 4 pounder yesterday on a white boo yah buzzbait!!

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from brucepatryn wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

pretty good info

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from agentboy24 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

yeap good stuff

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from cas0905 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

cant wait to try it out

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from superbee wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Very good info. And to blt0001, yes I have even caught some on power worms, curly tail grubs, spinners, and even a rat-l-trap. If they are feeling frisky they will bite anything.

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from jasonmarinvet wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Good advice. Can't wait to get out there to try it!

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from towery wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

great advice that really works

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from fisherboy-1 wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Maybe i'll be able to catch some decent cats now

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from OhioNurse127 wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Great tip! I also heard through the fishermans grapevine that a bar of soap will catch catfish too. Is this true? Just curious

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from Kinzuakid13 wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

Awesome info! I love cats! hopefully, this will help me!

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from stephmark wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Great article I learned as well

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from barefootwt wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I have heard that also Ohio Nurse. A guy from Nigeria told me they use soap all the time when fishing. He said the soap sends an aroma path through the water and gets the catfishes smell glands going into overdrive! Never tried it though. this is some good information to think about when your on the bank!

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from fisher girl wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I agree, very helpful.

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from snowmanusmc wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

this does work. I tried casting fresh bluegill cut bait then draging it back my hook ups have almost doubled. Well maybe not that good but it has helped a lot.

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from gator dawg 2 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

very helpful information

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from blt0001 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Has anyone ever heard of a catfish hitting a buzzbait? My roomate caught about a 4 pounder yesterday on a white boo yah buzzbait!!

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from brucepatryn wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

pretty good info

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from superbee wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Very good info. And to blt0001, yes I have even caught some on power worms, curly tail grubs, spinners, and even a rat-l-trap. If they are feeling frisky they will bite anything.

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from Kinzuakid13 wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

Awesome info! I love cats! hopefully, this will help me!

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from flatheadman32 wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

thanks for the help green card lottery

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from wyo hunter wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Thanks for the help i need it

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from catfisher33 wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

next time i go out ill remeber this

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from mop4pom wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

this works. always back your bait up. it will double you hits per night.

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from earlyriser81 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I have had success doing this while fishing for cats in both ponds and rivers.

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from agentboy24 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

yeap good stuff

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from cas0905 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

cant wait to try it out

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from jasonmarinvet wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Good advice. Can't wait to get out there to try it!

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from towery wrote 3 years 51 weeks ago

great advice that really works

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from fisherboy-1 wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Maybe i'll be able to catch some decent cats now

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from OhioNurse127 wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

Great tip! I also heard through the fishermans grapevine that a bar of soap will catch catfish too. Is this true? Just curious

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from stephmark wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Great article I learned as well

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from barefootwt wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I have heard that also Ohio Nurse. A guy from Nigeria told me they use soap all the time when fishing. He said the soap sends an aroma path through the water and gets the catfishes smell glands going into overdrive! Never tried it though. this is some good information to think about when your on the bank!

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