Why do you think catfish spin around?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Whiskers4U, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. Whiskers4U

    Whiskers4U New Member

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    After catching catfish over the years, I got to thinking....What causes catfish to spin around like an alligator after they are hooked? Do you think it is something they are genetically programmed to do or is it a adaptation they have learned after being fished for for so many years?
     
  2. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    I couldn't tell you but this is a good question. I have noticed that the bigger blues I catch will shoot for deeper water then when I get them turned towards the boat start rolling up on the line. I also would like to know.
     

  3. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    Thanks I guess you answered before I finished typing
     
  4. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    They do this because they don't want to go where you are pulling them to!!!
    It is as much a part of there defense as, your flinching when someone or something hits you!
     
  5. Whiskers4U

    Whiskers4U New Member

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    I was wondering this the other night when I hauled in a big bass that hit a shiner I had on the bottom. Other fish pull against where you are taking them but I never had any other fish spin like crazy on me like good ol' whiskers do. Just curious about this....
     
  6. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    Ah come on they are trying to slap that line with their wittle fins.lol
    What would you do if someone was yanking you around by your lips?
    Without arms and hands and legs to run. you would spin.
     
  7. crusinman2002

    crusinman2002 New Member

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    i've been wondering this myself, thanks for the info guys
     
  8. catfishkatmando

    catfishkatmando New Member

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    I always thought it was some kinda catfish martial arts
     
  9. Taliesin

    Taliesin New Member

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    It's also a feeding reflex.

    Where I fish we see spoonbill that get caught going through the turbines of the dam. You'll see them floating downstream with catfish biting and then rolling to get food off of it.
     
  10. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    I Too Believe That It Is A Defensive Strategy, The Snook & Sheepshead Down Here Will Take You Right To The Dock Pilings, Wrap The Line Around Them & Then The Barnacles Cut The Line :angry: Elliot
     
  11. Whiskers4U

    Whiskers4U New Member

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    Whatever the reason..they are darn good at it. The other night I gave a channel cat 8.5 out of 10 for style and 10 out of 10 for being so committed to getting off my line.
     
  12. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    Plain and simple they are trying to get away, their self defense.
     
  13. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    heck i thought they were praticing a new squaredance. :roll_eyes:
     
  14. Whiskers4U

    Whiskers4U New Member

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    Why do you think it is that fish like bluegill, bass or walleye don't do that but catfish do it. It seems like an awesome defense tactic to use if I were another fish like a bass, walleye or sunfish...mmmmm
     
  15. jim

    jim New Member

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    Do you remember DISCO.?:roll_eyes: Well when everyone threw their radios ,boom boxes etc in the water everytime the Village People came on this is whats happening.Prior to the Disco era catfish did not spin its a scientific fact well documented in research data.:smile2: :tounge_out: :big_smile: :wink:
     
  16. Whiskers4U

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    So catfish have adapted this technique over the years of being fished for. I guess certain fish react to being caught much differently than others and catfish have adapted well by using this spinning technique as a means of escape.They remind me of watching films of Houdini getting out of straight jacket.
     
  17. SeedTick

    SeedTick New Member

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    I've wondered about it too. My guess would be along with the others mentioned. It helps you recognize what kind of fish you got on because most of the time you can feel those side fins thumping the line.

    ST
     
  18. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Alligators and sharks do the same thing when roped.

    It is totally a defensive escape reaction.

    If they only knew that those heads tosses were the most effective way to throw a hook!!!