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    The Truth About That Fish That Climbs Into Urethras

    November 11, 2019


    [INTRO ♪] The candiru is a legendary monster. This parasitic Amazonian catfish is said to swim up into the urethras of unsuspecting bathers and devour their genitals from the inside out. It’s a terrifying tale—and one that we’ve
    actually told here on SciShow a couple of times. But science has shown that this story is just that—a story—and one that is too awful to be true. As far as scholars can tell, the tales began in the early 1800s. European explorers and naturalists trekking through the Amazon basin heard about the candiru from indigenous communities. As they explained in their reports, they were told the parasitic fish is attracted to human urine, so you should never pee in the Amazon river. You shouldn’t even pee into the water from dry land—the fish can supposedly swim up a stream of urine to find its way into a person’s urethra. And once that happens … well, there were some removal methods suggested. Some herbs can supposedly be used to dissolve the offending parasite. But the most effective method of removal is, of course, prompt amputation. And all of that makes for a great monster myth—but it doesn’t jive with science. The candiru of legend is most likely the South American catfish Vandellia cirrhosa. It’s a parasitic catfish that inserts its head into the gills of larger fish to drink their blood, so it might not be that far out to think it could insert itself into people, too. But it’s about five centimeters long and
    about a centimeter wide. That’s small enough to fit in the gill openings of the fish it targets, but not small enough to slip into a human urethra. A urethra could be pried open, in theory, but these fish don’t have any appendages to do that with. Also, if a candiru did somehow enter a human urethra, it would quickly suffocate—so it wouldn’t be chilling up there drinking blood. But the biggest problem with this whole story is that the candiru isn’t attracted to human urine. Scientists used to think these parasites sought out the nitrogen-containing wastes—basically, pee—that fish excrete from their gills. That’s because these catfish often hunt
    in turbulent, muddy waters at night, so it would make sense that they’d rely more on chemical attractants rather than visual cues to find their meals. And if they were sniffing for nitrogen-containing compounds like ammonia and urea to find their prey, it follows they’d also zero in on human urine since it contains some of the same stuff. But in 2001, marine scientist Stephen Spotte tested this assumption in the lab. He and his team exposed candiru to a range of attractants—fish slime, ammonia, amino acids, and, yes, even human urine—and the candiru didn’t go for any of them. The catfish did respond to the sight of goldfish, though—which suggests that, despite the murky depths it hunts in, it actually relies on eyesight to find its meals. Which brings us back to all those stories
    about pee-seeking fish. As a 2013 review paper notes, medically confirmed
    attacks by the fish on humans are very hard to find. Most of the stories were perpetuated by a few 19th century European explorers who might have misinterpreted oral accounts—accidentally, or willingly, for the sake of a sensational tale. None of them seems to have witnessed actual cases. In fact, there’s only one candiru-penis
    incident that’s been medically documented. In 1997, a man in the Brazilian city of Manaus was allegedly brought into the hospital with a candiru wedged painfully in his urethra. A urologist was able to remove the fish after hours of surgery, and he wrote the whole thing up and published the case. But, other scientists question the veracity
    of this account. For one, the patient insisted that the fish
    swam up his stream of urine. This is an impossible feat: the small fish would have had to swim faster than the stream of pee to climb it, which is challenging, since the average human urinates at a brisk 8 to 15 milliliters per second. The fish would have also had to fight the
    pull of gravity while swimming upward, and to make matters more complicated, it would have had to stay completely submerged in the urine since the air around the urine is not dense enough for the fish’s fins to push against. And that’s not likely since a person’s urine stream is generally pretty thin compared to a centimeter-wide fish. Now, some fish can jump pretty high—salmon, for instance, can leap up to 2 meters—but it’s not clear these catfish are able to jump out of the water at all, let alone well. And even if one did leap at a person’s genitalia, as we said before, it has no way to widen the urethral opening to get inside. And there’s no reason the fish would even do that in the first place since it isn’t attracted to urine. There are also inconsistencies with the urologist’s findings. He apparently kept the surgically removed
    parasite. And, according to Stephen Spotte—who visited the urologist and saw the infamous intruder first hand—the fish was far too large to fit in a urethra, and didn’t show any signs of having been inside a human being. For example, it still had its spines—which the doctor had claimed were removed during the surgery. With all these inconsistencies, it’s almost certain that this case is a hoax—and, again, it’s the only documented case. In the end, there are several scientific reasons why these fish wouldn’t do this awful behavior. So if you decide to go swimming in the Amazon, your urethra should be safe from parasitic catfish. You might want to watch out for the piranhas, though. Or the electric eels. Or the bull sharks, or caimans… I’m just saying, the Amazon is still a dangerous place! Thanks for watching this episode of SciShow! If you liked learning the science behind this below-the-belt myth, you might like the truth-seeking done on our podcast SciShow Tangents. Every week, four people who work on SciShow get together to talk about science related to a central topic. There are different segments, like one where someone presents one true fact and two fake ones and everyone else has to try and figure out which is true. With stories like the candiru out there, it can be kind of hard to tell what’s real and what’s made up! Also, they tend to go on lots of sciency tangents, hence the name “SciShow Tangents”. You can check it out wherever you get your podcasts! [OUTRO ♪]

    Blackened Fish Recipe — easy spicy fish dish
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    Blackened Fish Recipe — easy spicy fish dish

    November 7, 2019


    Chef Buck here and today we’re gonna cook up a little blackened fish this is a simple and easy recipe definitely not rocket science I’m using an 8oz cut of mahi mahi and cutting it in half so you’ll have 2, 4oz portions first thing you’ll do is season up both sides if this was a traditional blackened fish recipe we’d dredge it in butter first, but we’re gonna be healthy and skip that step season the fish with salt, pepper, ginger some chili powder, paprika …whatever the hell you like you can mix spices together before hand and have your own personal spice rub sprinkle it on there…no muss no fuss once your fish is coated heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add a little
    butter add a little oil to the butter to keep it from burning once the oil is heated, add the fish to the skillet you want the skillet hot so the fish starts cooking right away cooking time will vary on the size of the fish, but for these small pieces I’ll cook 2 minutes on each side fish cooks quickly, so be careful not to overcook if the fish starts to flake in the pan, it’s cooked too much! you don’t want fish to overcook and be too dry remove fish from the heat just BEFORE you think it’s done ’cause it will continue to cook even after it is off the heat try this recipe with mahi mahi, catfish, redfish…whatever the hell you like give this recipe a try and let me know what you think, and bon apetit!

    Who Can Catch the BIGGEST FISH in 30 Mins?!
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    Who Can Catch the BIGGEST FISH in 30 Mins?!

    September 24, 2019


    (upbeat music) – So we are going to have
    a fishing competition between Ty and my dad. – I’m the best fisherman. – Oh yeah, that fisherman
    hat looks amazing. So all three of us are
    going to have fishing rods and we’re going to throw our
    bait in at the exact same time. In 30 minutes, whoever can
    catch the biggest fish, I mean, if you can even
    catch a fish in 30 minutes. – Yeah, so basically, you
    can only catch one fish. That’s it. So if you catch one fish, you’re done. We measure it, we see whose is bigger. After 30 minutes, if
    you don’t catch a fish, well, obviously, you lose. – Yeah, but the one rule is, is you have to take the
    fish off with your hands after you catch it. – With your hands! I don’t know about that rule. – Ty hates touching fish. – [Dan] He’s so scared of fish. – So scared of fish. – [Dan] That’s not really a rule. – [Lincoln] No, it’s not. – [Dan] I’ll help you take it off, because I know how terrified you guys are. – [Dan] Okay, Ty’s
    going to be right there, Lincoln’s going to be right there. I’ll throw mine out, but
    I’m going to give you guys a little bit of a head start.
    Three, two, one, start! (whistle blowing) You’re just dropping it
    straight down under the boat. Okay, there’s one strategy. Lincoln, did you just drop yours? – Uh, no, it’s over there. – [Girl] I’ll fish, too! – [Dan] You threw it out, okay! – [Girl] I’m fishing, too! – [Dan] All right, I’d
    better get mine out. – [Ty] I got one, I got one! – [Lincoln] A fish? What? – [Ty] Aw, he had it in his mouth. Look, he’s going for it! – [Dan] What the heck! Stay there, I’m coming. – [Ty] Look at this one! I barely have had to
    put this in the water, look at this fish, comes right up. – [Dan] Oh my gosh, is
    that the one you want? – [Ty] Right up, no. – [Dan] Oh my gosh! – [Ty] There he is. (Dan laughs) – I don’t want that one though. – [Dan] Pick a new spot, then. – Dang it, I saw a big fish right here! – [Dan] Dang, man. – He’s right there, ugh! – [Dan] That guy’s gonna eat it, unless you move somewhere else. – [Ty] Lincoln, be careful! – [Dan] Where’s yours at? – [Ty] There’s a small
    one coming over there. – Coming over here? – [Dan] That fish was
    attacking it, Lincoln. He was just jumping up out
    of the water to get it. – [Lincoln] That poor fish. You’re going to head out on the ski boat? – [Dan] Okay, Ty is changing positions. He’s moving over to this side of the boat. Good luck, Ty. But not that good of luck, though. Oh, it’s the same fish! – Got him. I got him, dang it!
    No, no, he spit it out! – [Dan] Oh my gosh. – Hallelujah! (Dan laughs) – [Dan] It’s too easy! – [Ty] I need to be out back here. – [Dan] Oh jeez, what? – I’m the best fisherman ever. (Dan laughs) – Woo! – [Dan] Lincoln’s got it! I hope it’s small! – [Ty] I hope it’s tiny! – [Dan] It’s bending that rod, though! – What is it? (suspenseful music) – [Man In Blue Tank Top]
    Kissed the house boat. – I don’t think this reeler works. – Yeah, it does. Wait, let me see. You go like this, look, push it like that. – [Dan] Ty is teaching
    Lincoln which way to reel. – Push it this way? – Yeah.
    – [Dan] That’s it, that’s it! Oh, it’s bending it a lot, Lincoln. That might be a big one! – [Ty] Do you have any image? – [Dan] Smart fish. – [Ty] That pole, jeez! – [Dan] Why can’t you reel it in? – I don’t know. – [Dan] Does it have a
    ton of slack on that? That’s bending it a lot. – [Ty] Oh, there it is, there, keep going. We’re on, just pull up, pull up. There you go, see it? – [Dan] Oh, that’s a catfish! – [Lincoln] Oh boy! – [Dan] Oh boy, catfish. – [Ty] Pull it up, pull it up, pull it up! Get it up here, Lincoln. – [Lincoln] Where is it? – [Ty] Pull, reel, reel! No, other way, other way! – [Lincoln] Other way, dang it! – [Dan] Lincoln, stop reeling
    the wrong way, it breaks it! – [Ty] Slow down, slow down! – [Dan] Oh, Lincoln. You get so excited, you break the pole. – Yeah go for it, there
    you go, keep reeling, keep reeling, keep reeling! – [Lincoln] Where is it? – [Ty] It’s coming! I see it down there. – This thing is huge! – [Ty] Keep going!
    – [Dan] That’s a big boy. – [Lincoln] I see it, oh my! – That’s a big fish. – [Dan] That’s a big one. – [Ty] Do you want to get
    the net and I’ll do this? – [Lincoln] Yeah.
    – [Ty] So you can get it. – [Lincoln] Yeah, yeah, yeah, thanks. – [Ty] Oh my gosh! – [Dan] There’s too much
    slack on that reel, I think. It needs to be tightened
    up, it’s just pulling it. Oh man, he is strong. Get it, Lincoln, dip it! – [Ty] Pull up! – [Dan] Scoop it! – [Lincoln] Yes! – [Dan] Oh, it’s a big boy! Look at that cat!
    – [Ty] Here, let me see. – [Dan] Oh that is so big. All right, we’ve got to measure him. – [Lincoln] That thing is massive! Come on buddy, breathe, breathe! – [Dan] How do we measure this guy? We need something to measure it with. – [Man In Blue Tank Top] Are
    we going on length or weight? – [Dan] Probably length
    because we broke the scale. – [Lincoln] Breathe! – [Man In Background] Okay. (Lincoln yelling drowns out speaker) – Oh, oh, yep, he’s good. – [Ty] Want me to hold the camera? – [Dan] Yes, don’t drop it.
    – [Lincoln] He is alive. – [Woman] Grace, do you want to come look? – [Lincoln] It’s caught
    on the net I think. That thing is huge! (girl yelling is drowned
    out by other speakers) – [Dan] Stop spinning, buddy. – [Woman] Do you see it? – [Lincoln] All right, yeah,
    I’ll take that as my catch. – [Dan] Where is the hook? There it is! – [Woman] Look at it! – [Lincoln] London, stop. – [Dan] London, stop spraying us! Don’t spray us! – [Lincoln] Here, put it
    in the water for a minute. – [Dan] Okay. – [Lincoln] Oh my gosh! Look at that thing! – [Ty] Yeah, Lincoln! – That thing is huge! – [Dan] Dang, man, that’s a big fish. – Pick it up, Ty. You gotta get it out of there.
    – Nah, I’m good. – You gotta get it out. – [Ty] No, just put it in the water! – [Lincoln] Here, I’ll touch you. – [Dan] Okay, Taylor, you are the judge– – [Lincoln] Yo, you’re slimy! – [Taylor] All right all right. – [Dan] You girls are the
    judge, so see how big that is? That’s Lincoln’s fish. – [Taylor] Wait, hold it
    down, put it down here. Put it up against the– – [Woman] Want to cut a
    piece as long as it is? – [Dan] Nah, let’s just let him out. – [Taylor] Dan, you know we
    could just do this with the net! (woman laughs) (cheering) – [Dan] Okay that’s how big it is. – [Woman] All right, that’s pretty big. – [Ty] That’s probably about a foot. – [Dan] Okay, we’re letting him free. See you, buddy! – [Lincoln] Don’t get
    caught on another line! – [Dan] See ya! Oh, he’s going straight down. Straight down. Lincoln, that is impressive. – I got that so deep. I got that, it was– – [Dan] Okay, we’ve still
    got about 20 minutes, Ty We’ve got to catch up here. – It’s hard to catch up! – [Dan] Yeah, we gotta catch it. – [Woman] It’s so big! I’m just going to catch the same fish, then I know I won’t lose. Okay,
    Ty’s got one, Ty’s got one! How is it, does it feel big or small? Come over this way, come on the back deck. Oh, that looks big! – [Ty] It’s big. – [Dan] Oh boy, oh boy, it’s
    pulling your, you got, oh jeez! I think that’s– – [Lincoln] Pull! – [Dan] Ooh, that’s a big boy! There’s another fish following it! – [Ty] I got, I feel like I’m bigger! – [Dan] That looks like a bigger catfish. – [Ty] Look at that, look at that! – [Man In Blue Tank Top] Oh, I think that one might be bigger. – [Taylor] Oh, that one’s big. That one’s way bigger. – [Man In Blue Tank Top]
    That’s a bigger fish. That’s a trout, though. – [Taylor] According to the judges– – [Lincoln] No, that’s a cat. – [Man In Blue Tank Top] That’s a catfish. – [Dan] Wow, that’s a beast! – [Lincoln] Honestly, I
    thought there was no way anyone’s going to get a
    bigger fish than mine. – [Dan] Here we go! That’s a fat one! – [Man In Blue Tank
    Top] What do you think? – [Taylor] Bigger, bigger.
    – [Dan] Look at this guy. – [Man In Blue Tank Top] Same fish? – [Taylor] No, bigger. – [Dan] Ty’s is bigger? – [Girl In Purple Shirt]
    It’s bigger, yeah, it is. – [Ty] It looks fatter. – [Taylor] Sorry, Lincoln. – [Dan] Oh, there it goes.
    – [Ty] Oh yeah, that’s bigger. – [Dan] He’s a goner. – [Ty] Woo! – [Dan] Ty has now taken the lead. – [Girl In Purple Shirt] I really thought you had that, Lincoln. – [Lincoln] I know, I was so obviously– – [Dan] I only have about
    ten minutes to catch one. Time is running out! – [Lincoln] I was just
    thinking, there’s no way anyone’s going to get
    a bigger fish than me! – [Dan] And then, bam! Ty does something epic. – [Ty] Dan just– – Ah! – [Man In Blue Tank Top] Can you see it? You can totally see it! – It’s so big! – [Man In Blue Tank Top] He’s so huge! – Check it out, Ty! – [Ty] Dan got a big one. (yelling) – [Ty] That’s definitely a– (speaker is drowned out by yelling) – [Lincoln] It’s so big! (laughing) – I got the smallest one. Sorry, I didn’t know. I was trying to trick the boys. – [Man In Blue Tank Top]
    But it’s not a catfish. – [Man In Background]
    But it’s not a catfish. – I caught the biggest non-catfish. – [Woman] Grace, do you
    want to touch this one? – [Dan] Taylor, is this the biggest? – [Taylor] I think it might, actually. – [Woman] Do you want to touch it? – [Taylor] It’s pretty close. – [Ty] Good job, Dan. – I did it, I caught one. – [Dan] I caught a bass, what kind of fish is that, just a bass? – [Man In Background] A bass.
    There he goes. Sorry, buddy. ♪ We are the champions. ♪ – [Dan] Let’s hear it! Where’s Lincoln? There you are. Okay, Taylor, give him the trophy. – Here you go, Ty. (cheering) – [Dan] Ty’s the champion,
    there’s the trophy. Lincoln, better luck next time. Ty, for the second time
    at Lake Powell, again is the king of giant fish at Lake Powell. The kid catches giant fish. If you haven’t seen that
    video, we’ll link it right here and you can watch it, but let us know what you
    guys thought about that. Have you ever caught a
    fish bigger than that? I don’t think so.

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    TAKE ME FISHING 101: Texas Freshwater Fishing [Official]

    September 19, 2019


    >>WHETHER YOU LIKE EXPLORING SHADY RIVER BANKS OR CRUISING WIDE OPEN LAKES, FRESHWATER FISHING OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR POPULAR FRESHWATER FISH, HOW TO CATCH THEM AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY… WHAT TO DO WITH THEM ONCE YOU’VE GOT THEM! (music)>>ONE OF THE EASIEST FRESHWATER FISH TO CATCH IS THE SUNFISH, MAKING IT A GOOD STARTER FISH FOR KIDS.>>ALRIGHT! WOO-HOO!>>FOR SUNFISH BAIT, USE SMALL LIVE WORMS, HOT DOG BITS OR WHOLE KERNEL CORN.>>I CAUGHT A FISH! I CAUGHT A FISH!>>ONCE YOU CATCH A FISH, MAKE SURE YOUR HANDS ARE WET BEFORE YOU HANDLE IT. WET HANDS ARE LESS LIKELY TO DAMAGE THE FISH’S PROTECTIVE COATING. HOLD THE SUNFISH CAREFULLY UNDER THE BELLY AND REMOVE THE HOOK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. TO RELEASE A FISH, GENTLY LOWER IT IN THE WATER AND SLOWLY SWISH IT A COUPLE OF TIMES TO GET IT GOING. ANOTHER POPULAR FRESHWATER FISH FOR ANGLERS OF ALL AGES IS THE CATFISH.>>WHOA! THAT’S A CATFISH, A BIG ONE! HEY BUDDY.>>CATFISH ARE ATTRACTED TO STRONG SMELLS LIKE CHICKEN LIVER. HERE WE’RE USING A TREBLE HOOK TO KEEP IT FROM SLIPPING OFF. YOU CAN ALSO BUY PREPARED STINK BAIT AT MOST TACKLE SHOPS. CATFISH HAVE SHARP SPINES ON THEIR FINS SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO HANDLE THEM SAFELY. HOLD A CATFISH UNDER ITS BODY WITH YOUR THUMB BEHIND ONE PECTORAL FIN AND YOUR FOREFINGER AND MIDDLE FINGER ON EITHER SIDE OF THE OTHER FIN. BASS ARE ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SPORT FISH IN TEXAS DUE TO THEIR SIZE AND FIGHTING ABILITY.>>ALRIGHT!>>BASS ARE OFTEN FOUND AROUND UNDERWATER STRUCTURES SUCH AS TREE STUMPS AND VEGETATION WHERE THEY CAN HIDE AND POUNCE ON THEIR PREY. LIVE WORMS MAKE GOOD BASS BAIT. THERE ARE ALSO LOTS OF GOOD ARTIFICIAL LURE OPTIONS. YOUR TACKLE DEALER CAN HELP YOU PICK OUT A FEW FOR YOUR NEXT FISHING TRIP. WHEN HANDLING A BASS LESS THAN TWO POUNDS, HOLD ON TO ITS LOWER LIP WITH YOUR THUMB AND INDEX FINGER.>>WAY TO GO, BUD!>>FOR LARGER BASS, PUT YOUR HAND UNDER THE BELLY TO SUPPORT ITS BODY WEIGHT.>>THERE HE GOES!>>THERE ARE LIMITS TO THE SIZE AND AMOUNT OF FISH YOU CAN KEEP IN ONE DAY. THESE CAN BE FOUND ON THE TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE WEBSITE AND THE OUTDOOR ANNUAL GUIDE AVAILABLE WHERE LICENSES ARE SOLD. A GREAT PLACE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FRESHWATER FISH IS THE TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHERIES CENTER IN ATHENS WHICH FEATURES AQUARIUMS, A FISH HATCHERY AND HAND’S-ON FISHING OPPORTUNITIES.>>I’M ALMOST GETTING A BITE!>>THE RIVERS AND LAKES OF TEXAS ARE SWIMMING WITH FISH! SO GRAB YOUR FISHING GEAR AND HIT THE WATER! (music)>>THERE’S NOTHING I’D RATHER BE DOING THAN FISHING. IT’S A GOOD THING I MARRIED SOMEBODY WHO LIKES TO FISH AS MUCH AS I DO. ALRIGHT! THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT BABY! WOO-HOO! YOU KNOW YOU GOT A GOOD DAY WHEN YOU GOT A BASS THUMB.

    How to Make Your Own Fishing Line | Primal Survivor
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    How to Make Your Own Fishing Line | Primal Survivor

    September 13, 2019


    Now that I’m by the river, I
    can catch some fish for dinner. I don’t have a hook
    or line with me. But the Raramuri know
    how to get everything they need from the plants. I can get my fishing
    line from an agave. You can take these spikes. Careful not to go right
    through your tongue. Size per size, this is way, way
    stronger than cotton thread. I can take this– if I put a little bit
    of a twist into it, it’ll make it about
    four times stronger. I can’t break it. It’s amazing how strong it is. For hooks, the Raramuri
    use another plant– a black tipped agave. What I’m after are these
    really hard, woody barbs. Here we go. The ground near the river
    is crawling with insects, so I have lots of bait. And my line’s in for just a
    few minutes when I get a bite. Just a little catfish there. Doesn’t really matter if it’s
    a big one or a small one. All fish are protein.

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

    September 2, 2019


    (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)