Catfish ate a rock! Why?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by stumpjumper, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper New Member

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    Sometimes when we camp on the river we'll keep a small eater catfish for dinner. Look at the size of this rock we found in its stomach :crazy:!

    Any ideas or theories?
     

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  2. nut

    nut New Member

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    there may of been a crayfish under that rock. instead of waiting for him to crawl out, he said screw it and ate the whole shebang.
     

  3. BIG GEORGE

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    WILD! I would have to guess that while in a feedin frenzy it got sucked in and he could'nt change its direction quick enough to spit it out. If ya ever have on of my wifes hamburgers ya will know what its like. :crazy:
     
  4. postbeetle

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    It was an illegal tournament fish. They shoved the rock down it for a better weight. Probably Rollo did that.
     
  5. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Wow Marc, could that possibly be one of them Rock Fish?? Maybe belonging to the Basser Family?? (ie Rock Bass ) LOL,J.D.:wink:
     
  6. Blacky

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    I really don't know about freshwater fish, but alot of the salterwater fishes mainly the ones living on wrecks and reefs for some unknown reason know that there will be somekind of storm or heavy tides coming so they eat rocks a few days in advanced so it can weigh them down or hold bottom during the anticipated bad weather.
     
  7. stumpjumper

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    Interesting, I have heard of that before. The past couple months there has been some really fast current on the river. Hmm...
     
  8. catfishrollo

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    Egg sinkers work better, but rocks don't fall out as easy at the weigh-in.... Pretty embarrasing...:smile2::wink::eek:oooh: rollo
     
  9. GaryF

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    I caught a small blue in the Ohio River last year that spit out about half a pound of small rocks in the livewell, along with a couple of small mussel shells. I assumed that it was eating the mussels, but had trouble separating out the pebbles around them and just scooped up everything - let the digestive system sort it out.
     
  10. kyredneck

    kyredneck New Member

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    Maybe somewhere within the bowells of this 21 page thread the answer can be found:

    http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22684

    But Blacky has a good an explanation that I've heard:

     
  11. SkipEye

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    I don't believe for a second that fish are going to eat rocks to weigh themselves down to weather a storm. I would more believe the catfish was eating mussels (which attach themselves to rocks) and swallowed the mussel and the rock. The digestive tract dissolved the mussel leaving a clean rock in the stomach.

    I've seen them puke up mussels before and find an oddball rock on rare occasions in the livewell, nothing big but have seen it before.
     
  12. MOVINON

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    Maybe he thought it was a rocky mountain oyster.
     
  13. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper New Member

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    I wonder if it could have gotten rid of the rock somehow? It was surprised how big of a rock it had eaten!
     
  14. Netmanjack

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    Once again I am amazed at how many of you guys over complicate things like this. Obviously this cat fish was upset. It is common knowledge that when some people get upset they state exasperatedly that they could eat dirt! Now being a denizen of the water, catfish have to defer to eating rocks to relay the measure of anger they posses at the time. Evidently this particular cat fish was really really upset! lol :crazy:
     
  15. stumpjumper

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    Wow, this makes no sense what I wrote earlier :smile2:

    I meant to say, had this fish lived, I wonder if it could have spit such a large rock back out? I was surprised at the size of the rock...big!
     
  16. SkipEye

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    LOL!!! I was wondering about that Marc. It seems the fish was handily able to rid itself of the rock when you performed the C-Section on it. Sadly, the patient did not survive, but the rock is gone.:smile2:
     
  17. Blacky

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    Now that I really think about it. how would they really digest those rocks? Imagine having to move those stones out of you bowels:crazy::embarassed::eek:oooh:

    Good point, Skipeye and GaryF
     
  18. Blacky

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    Or maybe catfish have adapted a way or puking or regurtating the rocks when they are not needed anymore?:cool2:
     
  19. SkipEye

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    Blacky....you're killin' me dude!

    If the Catfish were that evolved intellectually to sense an impending storm and weight themselves down with ballast to ride it out.......don't you think they'd sense that the tasty chunk of shad impaled on a shiny 8/0 Gamakatsu Circle hook might be bad for their digestive tract????:smile2::smile2::smile2:
     
  20. BassMassey

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    I don't think bluecats would digest the rocks at all.......but they will pass them.........have you ever seen the rear-end of a blue that's been eating mussels? it isn't pretty......lol