THE SILVER CATFISH also known as the MAKRIEL
This is a great little catfish species and also provides great tasting eating.
Makriel, Butter Barbel, Silver Barbel
Identification of the Silver Catfish (Makriel)
A silvery body, however the colour can vary depending on the water, the colour can range from olive green to light brown. This fish also has a flattened head as well as 4 pairs of barbs next to the mouth. These fish grow to a length of about 30 centimetres with a weight of around 3 kilograms, although some larger specimens have been caught.
Distribution through South Africa
The Makriel is found in the Northern Regions of South Africa. The limpopo region and highvel and lowveld.
How to locate this fish
The best time to find these fish are at night just out of the circle of light.
Baits to use for the Silver Catfish (Makriel)
A wide variety of baits can be used. Artlure will also work well. Earthworms, small fish as well as small insects will work well.
Tackle to use when fishing for the Silver Catfish (Makriel)
Light tackle and small hooks can be used.