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)

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