Ever caught a catfish that was barking, squawking, croaking or seemed like it was talking to you? Ever wondered, what’s that noise that catfish make on occasion when you catch them? Keep reading because in this week’s Catfishing Quick Tips video we explain it all.
It is fairly common when fishing for catfish to catch a fish that seems like it’s barking or talking to you. It doesn’t matter what species it is, blue catfish, channel catfish or flathead catfish they all do it (but blue catfish always seem to do this more, at least to me). Some people will refer to this as barking or talking but there is actually a term for it and a good (and interesting) reason behind it.
What’s That Noise Catfish Make?
The technical term for the noise is “stridor”. Catfish have fins on their sides, the pectoral fins and also one on their back the dorsal fin (see how to hold a catfish and do catfish sting). The fish has the ability to “lock” these fins into place as a defense mechanism.
Sometimes you will catch catfish with their fins locked into place and sometimes they will not be, and sometimes they will move them slightly. That slight movement creates a rubbing on the back of the fin and the fin rubs against the body of the fish creating a vibration. That vibration resonates through the body of the catfish and out the mouth and gills giving the impression that the fish is talking, barking or whatever you want to call it!
Anyway, if you have ever wondered, what’s that noise catfish make, then watch this weeks Catfishing Quick Tip video and you can learn all about it. I enlisted a new buddy of mine, “Fred” to give me a hand with this video and cohost it with me, and he had a LOT to say.
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