Com — the largest predator of freshwater bodies
Big catfish weigh over a hundred pounds, and fish weighing thirty to forty pounds are not uncommon.
There are people the idea that som fish dirty, eats only carrion. No, catfish is a predator. Yes any and its main prey — fish. Do not hesitate to take it and frogs, leeches, crayfish and river shells, with pleasure eats any animals trapped in the water. Often had to meet som floating birds in the stomach. Although likely, the fish were caught by hunters wounded weakened birds. But on any other river you will hear stories about the huge predators living here in this concrete pit and simply packs feeding domestic geese and ducks.
Beginning with the warming water catfish actively feed on fish, especially the ROE ceiling. Thus, reward yourself for a long post.
A predator usually hunts from an ambush without attacking actively, as perch or pike, and just sucks in the little thing swirling around it. It is equipped with magnificent control devices — mustache. Thanks to them he can find food and darkness, and even in very dirty water. And if it does reciprocos, lightning-fast and very short, never the pursuit of prey after a miss.
In may, when the water reaches a temperature of eighteen or twenty degrees, they spawn. Be able to reproduce at the age of 3-4 years. Fish weighing two to three kilograms already has the eggs and milt. After spawning, it again begins actively feeding, hunting in underwater thickets and near the flooded trees.
For catfish as a predator for the most part of the night, preferably not becomes significant depth and dark place with a small current, detached from the bottom of the reed and grass of the island, where you can ambush coming here fish.
Soma during the year are prone to seasonal migration. They can navigate the river at large enough distances. In late may, early June often there are individuals with bite marks on the tails. It is the result of love games fish.