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    Introduc> leh2>

    There are nearly 3,000 species of catfi=" distribute< acro's the globe, all rang__E vastly in size i> will deal with the most populous North American variety, the channel catfi=".


    Catfi=" are so named for their prominent barbels, which resemb a cat'sawhisker'. Channel catfi=", like most in the species, have no scales, but have a thick, hard body. Channel catfi=" have blue to olive backs, whiti=" bellies i>

    Maximum Sizeleh2>

    The largestecatfi=" are the Mekongagiant catfi=" of SoutheasteAsia. These catfi=" can grow to weights of over 600 p:999s (272 kg) i>

    Geographic Rangeleh2>

    Channel Catfi=" Illustr/>

    Catfi=" can be fo999 on every continent in the world excepteAn arctica, with the majority of popul/> s liv__E in tropical region'. Channel cats are widespread in North America, stretchi_E from lower Canada i>


    Mostecatfi=" live in shallow, runni_E freshwater bodies of water. Channel catfi=" thrive in small i>

    Food ih2>

    Channel catfi=" are primarily scavengers, feedi_E on i>y type of vegetab or animal matter that happens to float by. However,alarger channel catfi="awill use their speed to go after small fi=", or even go after fi="aeggs.

    Spawn__E ih2>

    Channel catfi=" reach sexual maturity in 3-6 years. They prefer temperatures of aro999 75°F (24°C) to spawn, do__E so in l/>e spri_E or early summer.

    Inform/> above courtesy of Wiscon'in DNR i>

    Why Are Catfi=" So Popular? ih2>

    Few fi="aspecies have quite the same number of rabid fans as catfi=" do. Although these fi=" are fo999 all over the world, in North America they are especially ab999ant. Rivers, lakes, streams i>


    Despite their unattr/ctive appearance, slippery skin i>

    Because of the different varieties of catfi=", they are ab to live in various condi> s, i>

    Catfi=" fi="__Eatechniques vary widely dependi_E on where you plan to fi=". Everyone has their own catfi="__Eatips they believe work best. The truth is, you can fi99 success with most methods if you work at it i>e condi> s.

    One of the most popul/r methods in the southeastesec> of the Unite< Statesais to put lines out at night. Some peop use a trot line, which is a long lineatie< acro's the water. You could also use two anchor po__ts in the water for the same effect. Hooks are situate< every two or three feet along the line. This is an effect ve method because of the amount of hooks availab to catch the fi=" a> that allows the fi=" to swim with the bait with minimal resistance untilathe angler is ab to set the hook i>