Monday, January 30, 2006
Cats Who Love To Swim
Back in October, I posted about my 100 missing catfish. I'm happy to report that a signifigant number of them survived and have grown nicely. A walk to the pond at mid-day reveals squads of them cruising around and through the branches of a sunken willow.
They are calmer and shyer than the aggressive bluegills who hit the surface with a spray and a splash. I usually toss some bread bits with the official catfish chow feed pellets just to get things going. The bread draws rapid strikes from the bluegills and the feeding sounds alert the cats which begin to cruise through the feeding area.
You can see the catfish become more stimulated by the bream popping and splashing. They begin to swim more rapidly and make tight turns instead of leaving the area. Finally, the cats rise in the water column and begin feeding with gentle swirls. Swimming along at the surface, mouth open, hoovering in food pellets is another method that some have adopted.
We are toying with the idea of having the kids raise, catch, and sell these as an FFA "supervised agricultural experience". In the FFA, kids are encouraged to start small ag related businesses to gain experience. Our "sittin' on the dock thinking" business plan goes something like this.
The kids take orders from the school staff early in the week for a Friday fish delivery. The county courthouse is across the street and there's even more customers there. On Friday the kids would deliver fresh iced filets or whole gutted fish to their customers.
It could work.
There's only one way to find out...
Posted by R.Powers at 8:39 PM