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 Post subject: Catfish
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:32 pm 
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My wife and I were enjoying the magnificent landscape from the vantage point on the hill above the N'wanetsi picnic spot.
It was midday and with the sun directly overhead, I started searching for life in the crystal clear waters of the N'wanetsi below us.
I could not believe my eyes when the submerged log I had focused on through my 10 magnification binocs. turned around and showed a silver belly.
Whatever fish it was, appeared to be at least 2(two)metres long, had the girth of an old Fever Tree and moved/turned whenever smaller fish swam closely by.
A party of visitors from Germiston arrived and were equally in awe...the sheer size of the fish!!!
I know that the Loch Ness Monster is a figment of some-one's imagination,but this monster is REAL.
Can any-one tell me what we saw?
Please!! :hmz: :big_eyes: :o

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 Post subject: Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.
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Sounds like a Sharptooth Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) to me, though you may have gotten the size wrong? That fish attains around 1.4 meters or 59 kilo.

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 Post subject: Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.
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Duco - allow a fisherman some licence, what's a meter or two between mites? :D

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 Post subject: Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.
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:lol: There's that!

The SA angling record for this fish is 33.3 kilo, would look odd at 2 meters long, more like an eel! ;)

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 Post subject: Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.
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Now we all know that when it comes to fish....

Size DOES matter!!! :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.
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It's the swimming version of the Gariep monster! :lol:

But seriously, especially if there were whiskerlike things on the snout that's your best bet I think.

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 Post subject: Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.
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One thing for sure...Even a cat fish that big was an old timer...glad to see the ole' guy is still swimming :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.
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Yes DuQ, now that you mention it,the fish had those whiskers. :redface:
I should have mentioned them.
Thanks for all the info (and humour!).
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 Post subject: Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.
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Catfish can grow around 1.5m and around 40kg

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 Post subject: Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.
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Saw a Catfish caught in a fish trap in the Kavango river that was around 1,5m and probably weighed around 40kgs.

They can get big :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.
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In Moz, there is Vungu(Catfish/Barbel) of over 3 meters, Kanniedood dam also deliveres almost similar size catfish at one stage. Possible to get to large sizes as even Vaal river has barbel bigger that 1.5meters.

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 Post subject: Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.
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I have seen catfish or barbers caught in the vaal river and Bloemhof dam, more than 1,5m in length and yet closer to the 20kg mark than the 30 and 40kg mentioned here. From pictures in various angling magazines, cats in the uppington area seem to be shorter and heavier than the upcounty friends. Just a useless observation.

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 Post subject: Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:11 pm 
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big5spotter wrote:
It looks like a welsh catfish they dont live in SA


point is doesn't matter where it was caught, SA catfish and carp and trout where brought over by the british a few centuries ago. if the can get that big in wales, they can get near that here aswell(with the right conditions of course)


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 Post subject: The ever living fish.
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They are every where, once it rains you see them....

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 Post subject: Re: The ever living fish.
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The photo is great, the colours are beautiful, but the fish is real ugly :lol:


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