January 03, 2013

Mudcats Facts

Fun Facts About Catfish and the Sport of Grabbling

  • Hand fishing dates back to the American Indians, who would hold red cloths in their hands for the fish to bite.

  • “Grabbling”, “hand fishing”, and “noodling” are all names used for catching fish barehanded.

  • Grabbling is currently legal in 18 states, including Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

  • Hand fishing is allowed year-round in Oklahoma.

  • The average person can hold their breath for about 30 to 40 seconds.

  • In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared June 25 as National Catfish Day.

  • Flathead catfish can grow to be 5 feet long and weigh over 100 pounds.

  • The largest Flathead ever caught was 123 pounds 9 ounces. But it wasn’t caught by hand.

  • Flatheads can survive for over 25 years.

  • Like sharks, Flatheads are carnivores that feed primarily on live prey.

  • Catfish are the only animals that naturally have an odd number of whiskers.

  • Flatheads prefer to dwell in cloudy, slow-moving water.

  • There are 3,000 known species of catfish in the world.

  • Flatheads tend to live their entire lives in the same area.

  • One in every four freshwater fish is a catfish.

  • Flatheads have rows of inward curved teeth on their upper jaw, designed to let food in but not out.

  • It’s the male flathead that guards the nest, and they’re known to be vicious when threatened.

  • 1,224 square miles of Oklahoma are covered by water.

  • West Tawakoni was named the “Catfish Capital of Texas” in 2001.

  • Oklahoma is hit by 1,017,989 lightning strikes per year.

  • The Red River is a 1,360-mile-long tributary of the Mississippi.

  • The Red River is the tenth longest river in the United States.

  • Lake Eufaula is Oklahoma’s largest lake, covering 102,000 surface acres.

  • Guthrie was the first capital city of Oklahoma, until 1913.

  • The Oklahoma state motto is “Labor conquers all things.”


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