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Catfish: Fishing for Cats  – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Catfish: Fishing for Cats – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


(boat motor)>>CLANCY TERRILL AND HIS FRIEND, RICHARD BURRAGE,…>>NOT FINDING ANY?>>…ARE CHASING CATS–>>NO.>>CATFISH, THAT IS. ALL AROUND LAKE BUCHANAN. (crickets chirping) THOUGH THEIR DAY BEGAN AWFULLY EARLY…>>WATCH YOUR HEAD.>>…IT ALSO STARTED SLOWLY.>>C’MON FISH.>>THERE HAS BEEN A BITE OR TWO.>>THERE HE IS.>>AND THERE HAS BEEN SOME GOOD-NATURED RIBBING…>>YOU JERKED IT LIKE A GIRL!>>NO!>>…BUT SO FAR THERE HAVEN’T BEEN MANY CATFISH.>>HE’S TALKING TO YOU.>>NICE LITTLE BLUE. SEE HOW PRETTY THEY ARE?>>IT’S THE BIG ONES THAT CLANCY IS KNOWN FOR CATCHING.>>I GUIDE FOR TROPHY CATFISH. (splash)>>IN ORDER TO ATTRACT THESE FISH…>>ANCHORS AWEIGH.>>SOME 40 FEET DOWN… CLANCY AND RICHARD SERVE UP A VARIETY OF SMELLY BAITS.>>MY WIFE SAYS I CAN TELL WHEN YOU’VE BEEN CATFISHING. (chuckles) (reel whirring)>>ALRIGHT. THERE’S ONE.>>THE FRESH SHAD SEEM MORE ATTRACTIVE TO ANOTHER FISH TODAY.>>OH, IT’S A STRIPER.>>CLANCY GUIDES FOR STRIPED BASS AS WELL.>>THAT’S GOOD, RICHARD. THAT’S ABOUT A THREE TO FOUR YEAR STRIPER. IF YOU CAN GET THE STRIPERS OUT OF YOUR WAY, YOU’LL PROBABLY CATCH SOME CATFISH.>>CATFISH ARE GOING TO BE NEXT.>>GET HIM, RICHARD.>>WITH SOME PERSISTENCE, CLANCY AND RICHARD FIND WHAT THEY’VE BEEN FISHING FOR.>>CATFISH! (fish croaks) (music)>>WOOHOO! IT AIN’T BIG FISH, BUT IT’S SOMETHING.>>AND THEY’LL BE BACK TO CATCH THE BIG ONE ANOTHER DAY.>>IT’S JUST A LOT OF FUN.>>ESPECIALLY IF IT’S A BIG ONE.>>WHILE SOME FOLKS JUST ENJOY CATCHING CATFISH, OTHERS WILL LITERALLY LINE UP TO EAT THEM.>>WE GOT THE CATFISH. I THINK IT’S WORTH THE WAIT. LET’S SEE… THERE YOU GO!>>CATFISH IS A GREAT FISH.>>MMMM. THAT’S GOOD. (zydeco music)>>ONE WEEKEND EACH FALL, THE CONROE CAJUN CATFISH FESTIVAL TURNS CONROE, JUST NORTH OF HOUSTON, INTO A CAPITAL OF ZYDECO MUSIC AND ALL THINGS CATFISH. ♪ GOTTA GO, GOTTA GO, GOTTA GO! ♪>>IT’S ABOUT EVERYBODY COMING DOWNTOWN AND ENJOYING THE CATFISH AND ALL THE FOOD VENDORS AND ALL THE GREAT CAJUN MUSIC, AND EVERYBODY HAVING A GOOD TIME.>>RIGHT NOW, WELL YOU KNOW, CATFISH IS A YEAR-ROUND THING.>>THE FESTIVAL IS ALSO A CHANCE FOR LOCAL FISHING GUIDES, LIKE CARL BOSTICK, TO MEET A FEW NEW CUSTOMERS, AND SHOW OFF SOME LAKE CONROE CATFISH.>>WE GET ASKED EVERY YEAR TO COME IN AND BRING SOME FISH AND THE KIDS LOVE IT. YOU CAN’T KEEP THEIR HANDS OUT OF THE WATER WHERE THE FISH ARE.>>WHOA! THAT SCARED ME…>>SOON AFTER THE FESTIVAL, CARL IS BACK ON LAKE CONROE…>>I THINK IT’S THE BEST CATFISH LAKE IN THE STATE.>>…NOT WITH CLIENTS BUT WITH FRIENDS.>>THAT’S WHAT I DO ON MY DAYS OFF.>>THE TWO BOATS ARE OUT FOR AN EVENING OF JUG FISHING.>>JUGGING, YOU’RE INCREASING YOUR ODDS A WHOLE LOT BECAUSE YOU CAN PUT UP TO FIVE HOOKS ON A JUG, AND, DEPENDING ON HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU HAVE OUT THERE, YOU COULD HAVE HUNDREDS OF HOOKS WORK AN AREA.>>FISH IT.>>THE GPS IS REALLY NICE; GREAT LITTLE TOOL FOR US TO TRACK WHERE WE PUT THEM, AND FIND EACH JUG.>>EVEN THE JUGS THEMSELVES HAVE GONE HIGH TECH.>>THESE ARE WHAT WE CALL FLAGGING JUGS. WHENEVER A FISH PULLS ON THE LINE, HE’LL SLIDE THE COUNTER-WEIGHT TO THE BOTTOM, AND THEN WE KNOW IT HAS A FISH ON IT OR SOMETHING’S HIT IT.>>TOSS IT, STEVEN.>>BY THE TIME THE BOATS HAVE ANCHORED ALL THEIR HOOKS IN THE WATER…>>THAT’S ALL OF THEM.>>SOME OF THE JUGS HAVE ALREADY FLAGGED.>>THERE’S ONE BACK TO OUR LEFT.>>YEAH, HE’S ON HERE.>>THERE YOU GO.>>NICE LITTLE BLUE CAT.>>CATFISH ARE CAUGHT… HOOKS ARE RE-BAITED…>>FISH IT.>>…AND JUGS ARE RETURNED. THE CIRCUIT CONTINUES NON-STOP. AND AS NIGHT FALLS, THE ICE CHEST FILLS. (music)>>IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A FISH HAUL, JUGGING’S A WAY OF DOING IT.>>JUGGING IS ALSO A GOOD WAY TO FIND THE BIG CATS.>>I THINK WE HAVE A DECENT FISH COMING UP HERE.>>PULLING IN A LARGE CATFISH CAN REQUIRE A LITTLE BIT OF TEAMWORK.>>YOU’VE GOT ABOUT A 20-POUNDER, COMING UP. THAT’S IT. (man struggles and groans)>>IT’S JUST FUN TO COME OUT AND SEE HOW MANY OF THE BIG ONES YOU CAN CATCH.>>HOW MUCH DOES HE WEIGH, GEORGE?>>I DON’T KNOW.>>WE REALLY ENJOY IT.>>THE THRILL OF CATCHING A TROPHY FISH… DOES NOT REQUIRE KEEPING IT.>>26-4.>>TAKE A PICTURE OF HIM AND TURN HIM LOOSE. LET HIM GROW. MAYBE NEXT YEAR HE’LL WEIGH FIVE MORE POUNDS.>>SO MORRIS, WAYNE AND GEORGE HAVE THEIR OWN POLICY REGARDING THESE BIG AND MOST-PRODUCTIVE FISH.>>THEY KEEP ONLY A PHOTO…>>OKAY. (straining and laughter)>>AND THEY KEEP A GOOD STORY, TOO.>>WELL THAT’S A GOOD START FOR THE EVENING.>>YEAH.>>INCREASING INTEREST IN CATCHING CATFISH IN LARGE NUMBERS OR SIZES HAS ALSO INCREASED THE NEED FOR STUDYING CATFISH.>>AS THE INTERESTS CHANGE, OBVIOUSLY THE MANAGEMENT HAS TO CHANGE.>>C’MON FISHIES.>>NEARBY ON LAKE LIVINGSTON, BIOLOGISTS ARE LEARNING HOW TO MEASURE POPULATIONS OF CATFISH SPECIES, MORE ACCURATELY.>>IT DOES GET FAIRLY FAST-PACED. I’VE FREQUENTLY HEARD IT REFERRED TO AS A RODEO KIND OF COLLECTION.>>UP FRONT, FRONT RIGHT, DAVE.>>IF YOU PUMP ELECTRICITY INTO THE WATER, IT ENDS UP STUNNING FISH. THIS HAS BEEN KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME, POACHERS DID IT IN THE PAST. WE CAN DO IT LEGALLY, WHEREAS OTHERS CAN’T. IT’S A VERY EFFICIENT METHOD. WE NEEDED THOUSANDS OF FISH TO BE COLLECTED, TAGGED, AND THEN RELEASED TO GET THE ANSWERS WE WERE LOOKING FOR.>>THREE NINETY-NINE.>>GOT IT.>>THE MARKING WAS SPECIFIC TO CERTAIN FIN CLIP COMBINATIONS, SO WHEN WE RECAPTURED THE FISH WE COULD TELL WHERE THAT FISH CAME FROM. A FEW FISH WERE KEPT FOR SOME OTHER SAMPLES, FOR AGING AND THOSE KINDS OF THINGS.>>SEVEN NINETY-EIGHT.>>ULTIMATELY STANDARD SAMPLING PROTOCOLS WILL BE DEVELOPED FROM THAT.>>AS BIOLOGISTS GET A BETTER PICTURE OF CATFISH POPULATIONS IN RESERVOIRS AND RIVERS, THEY CAN BETTER KEEP CATFISH HEALTHY, AND ANGLERS HAPPY.>>WHETHER YOU WANT TO TAKE SOME FISH HOME TO EAT OR WHETHER YOU WANT TO TRY AND CATCH A TROPHY, THAT’S KIND OF THE GOAL IN ALL OF IT IS TO MAKE SURE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR EVERYONE, ACROSS THE STATE.>>MINE’S BIGGER.>>I DON’T KNOW, MINE’S BIGGER.>>THAT MEANS CARL AND HIS FRIENDS SHOULD ALWAYS BE ABLE TO GO FISHING FOR CATS.>>WE GOT US A CAT FIGHT GOING ON!>>IF I CAN BE ON THIS WATER, I’M GONNA BE ON THIS WATER, WHETHER IT’S A JOB OR NOT, I’M GONNA BE FISHING.>>OOOH BOY. YOU GOT ANOTHER NICE ONE.>>WHETHER ON A HOOK…>>A LITTLE BIT OF A WORKOUT.>>ON THE MENU, OR ON THEIR OWN. THERE IS JUST SOMETHING FUN ABOUT CATFISH.>>I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A CATFISHERMAN. YOU KNOW, THEY SAY WE’RE A BREED OF OUR OWN, AND EVERYBODY HAS THEIR FAVORITES, BUT ON THIS LAKE THAT WOULD BE MINE.>>HE’S NOT VERY HAPPY ABOUT ALL THIS.>>THIRTY-FIVE? THAT’S A PRETTY ONE. OKAY.>>I LOVE IT. (splash)

4 comments on “Catfish: Fishing for Cats – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

  1. I don’t know what stipper taste like and i don’t know what most peopole eat; but i do know catfish is good eating.

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