Thinking out loud...

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by PTDixieGal, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. PTDixieGal

    PTDixieGal New Member

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    Just wondering...why do channel catfish fiddle? I mean, I went fishing with my immediate family today and we caught a total of fifteen (SIX of them were mine!) and every time we pulled the stringer out of the water to put another on, they'd all be fiddling.
     
  2. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    No idea,

    but congrats on a good day fishing, sounds like you caught a couple of good dinners.
     

  3. puddle jumper

    puddle jumper Well-Known Member

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    hummm, where you way back in the woods,,,:embarassed:

    maybee thats just banjos,,:wink:
    puddle
     
  4. catfish kenny

    catfish kenny New Member

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    ONLY THE SLIME CAN TELL ( EVIL LAUGH!):crazy:
     
  5. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    HUH? Maybe I missed something here. Maybe it's geographical jargon. What do you mean by fiddling or is this just humor?
     
  6. PTDixieGal

    PTDixieGal New Member

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    Uhh...the sound that they make when you catch them. No offense, but I don't know how that's "geographical"-every angler I've met calls it fiddling.
     
  7. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    Are you talkin about the pig noises they make? Kinda like oinkin?:smile2: I have never heard it called anything. I just say they are talking to ya. Probably sayin " put me back!".:smile2:
     
  8. PTDixieGal

    PTDixieGal New Member

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    BINGO!
     
  9. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I've heard the noise many times but I've also never heard it called that. :confused2:I've heard of small eater channels called fiddlers before though.:smile2:
    Thanks, new one to me. Must have not made it to OH & KY yet...:wink::smile2:
     
  10. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Thats what I have always called it here in Mo. Also. I knew what you were talking about!! LOL
     
  11. colten

    colten Member

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    I wasn't sure what you were talking about at first but i understand now. I just say that they are talking to you.
     
  12. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    maybe they were having a hoedown? lol
     
  13. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    Maybe we don't want to know what there saying either!
     
  14. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    when the channels are croaking, or whatever you want to call it:smile2::smile2: making all the noise like they are telling you ( let me Go!!!!YOU!!!!:eek:oooh::smile2:


    I always told my bros that they were hollering for help.or cussing us out..LOL..
     
  15. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    i thought the grunt was their way of saying "meow" :tounge_out:
     
  16. brinley45cal

    brinley45cal Active Member

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    Id probably fiddle to if i just had a hook in my lip and a stringer shoved in my mouth.lol.:wink:
     
  17. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    I'm not sure why they fiddle......But it is a good sound to hear when the stringer is full. Congratulations on a fine catch:cool2:
     
  18. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Never really heard it called fiddling.Like others I just figured they was saying Turn me loose,Turn Me Loose.
    Con grads on the nice days outing.
     
  19. Catcaller

    Catcaller New Member

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    All catfish subspecies are capable of making this noise....although channel are most notorious for it.

    They make these "noises" by rubbing the base of the pectoral spine against the pectoral girdle.

    The sound is normally heard when the catfish locks its spines as it's last defense mechanism...as it attempts to make itself difficult to swallow by a predator. (Guess they didn't count on the fillet knife!! lol)

    And apparently the sound changes as they get larger...and is individual to each fish....and even some cats have a preference when it comes to using the left or right fins!

    I'm VERY much interested to hear these "BIG" catfish make these noises...and would like to volunteer in the study!!