RE: NANFA-- Strange Bullhead Behavior - An explanation?

Denkhaus, Robert (
Wed, 10 Jul 2002 11:14:38 -0500

I have watched these guys feed on live minnows and gambusia many times but
have never seen anything like this. It truly looked like they were totally
out of control as if the consumed shiner was "at the helm" and the bullhead
had no choice in which direction it turned, flipped, etc.

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Crail, Todd
> Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2002 11:04 AM
> To:
> Subject: RE: NANFA-- Strange Bullhead Behavior - An explanation?
> The catfish (yellow bullhead and channel) I've kept, they
> have an erratic
> feeding behavoir where their whiskers are out and they just
> probe up and down
> and all around. They generally do it at night (remain
> sedentary during the
> day) but during a feeding, they'd go right at it for a bit.
> The bullhead
> would give up much more soon than the channel cat tho and
> would go back to
> lounging.
> Is this what you saw or were they more like "flagellating
> without cause"?
> I watched this enough that I changed my angling presentations
> fer kitties and
> got the bait up off the bottom (which would be the
> conventional approach).
> Catfishin' isn't much of a beer drinkin' "sport" anymore ;)
> Todd
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