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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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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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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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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.
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Re: THE N'WANETSI MONSTER.

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Catfish can grow around 1.5m and around 40kg
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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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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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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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Catfish (Barbers) saga near Lower Sabie

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Sunday 2 October 2011.
At the hide between Lower Sabie and Crocodile Bridge, on the dirt road, we saw 100+ catfish 'trapper' in a small pool with 20+ Marabou and some Monitor Lizards waiting to have a feast.
I take it the catfish emerged from their winter mud 'cocoons' after some rain fell a couple of days earlier and became trapped in this small pool.
What a disturbing sight to see all these fish bundled together trying to get away from the Marabou. :cry:
Friday 7 October 2011.
We went back to see what happened.
There were still a lot of catfish, 70+, but no Marabou and very little water - mostly mud.
There smaller catfish seem to have gone and only the real biggies were left.
I estimated many were over 1m long.
They tried to hide in the mud but their backs were open to the sun.
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Re: Catfish (Barbers) saga near Lower Sabie

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This is actually no problem. Some catfish will survive and live another day.
For the rest the eggs have been laid, and they will be the next generation.
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Re: Catfish (Barbers) saga near Lower Sabie

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Okkaaaaayyyyy:

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