How do catfish seek and kill their prey? Steve Webster, via email.
For a long time, the relatively few anglers (and I was one of them) who fished for UK catfish back in the ‘pioneering’ days, on lakes such as Woburn and Claydon, assumed that they were largely nocturnal, benthic scavengers. We thought that mostly they came out only at night to feed on the dead and the dying, only preying upon the occasional fish that happened past them as they lay submerged in the dark, silty depths. How wrong we were! Little did we know back then that the wels catfish (Silurus glanis) is one of the most active and formidable predators in freshwater.
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