- Jul 12, 2009
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I'm completely against it but let's face it, they've been swimming in the Trent for a fair old while.
I've had experience of one myself and within the last year seen first hand pictures of a 45lb fish taken on the border to one of the waters I fish (and close to where I had my brief but memorable skirmish with a big one) and I've no doubt they've been breeding in there for a long time.
We're not that different climate wise from the large rivers of northern France and look at the size they grow to there.
My bigger concern would be some kind of change that has triggered an increase in spawning and survival rates of Catfish, and how that will impact on other species. Before they get to Barbel chomping size they've worked their way through an awful lot of Gudgeon, Dace and Roach etc.
Maybe the kits will eat the smaller species, but that would include baby barbel. I would imagine it much easier for a young catfish to get bottom dwelling species rather than dace which are very fast and don't live on the bottom.