Catfish in nature prefers to conduct a bottom life, lying in pits with a large accumulation of silty sediments. In nutrition, he is unpretentious: the catfish eats with pleasure plant remains, small fishes, larvae, frogs, shells, crayfish, or mice and other animals that accidentally enter the pond. Also, the catfish feed on carrion. Often he “trades” prey near old and forgotten fishing nets. A large hungry catfish can be eaten even by a dog or calf, who accidentally went into the water.
Large catfish, over 32 kg, are very clumsy and clumsy, and therefore fish, especially large ones, get them in prey comparatively rarely. However, it is known that such giants resort to a rather original trick for catching small fish; namely: they run aground or become under the shore in a place where many youngsters, youngsters, and stickers are scurrying, and lay here motionless, half-opening Its huge mouth. As soon as a pack of small things approaches the predator, not suspecting the danger that threatens it, the somina draws in water and dozens of fish, carried away by a suddenly formed strong whirlpool, disappear into the mouth. In addition, the catfish, lurking behind a stone or snag, undoubtedly uses its mustache as a bait: the fish deceived by these tender, fleshy, worm-like appendages, and not seeing the catfish itself, comes close, and the predator, seizing a free minute, Approaching the fish.