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Page 8 Hells Canyon Journal ... And I was envious when I saw the string of big catfish caught by a bevy of local ladies on a recent fishing trip. For those of you who missed the pic- ture, five Pine Valley gals reeled in some mighty fine fish on a recent outing at Brownlee Resevoir. The larg- est fish caught was 30 inches, and weighed in at 10 pounds. That's a lot of fish to fry. Catfish is actually a com- mon name for about 2,200 species of fish, of which some 1,200 are South American. : Most inhabit fresh water. Al- though our local lady anglers caught theirs during the early day, most are nocturnal scav- engers, living near the bot- tom of shallow waters. The name catfish is derived from the feelers that extend from each side of the upper jaw of the fish suggesting the whis- kers of a cat. The bullhead and channel are the most com- monly-eaten catfish in North America. Some catfish in the gulf states weigh as much as 150 pounds. The largest cat- fish ever reported weighed in at 650 pounds and was 13 feet long. Catfish farming has more than doubled in less than 10 years, increasing from 200 million pounds produced in Hot Lines Mountain Valley Mental Health Services Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 541-523-5903 After hours and weekend crisis line, 1-800-435-2197. Covenant House 24-hour National Youth Crisis Intervention Line 1-800-999-9999 All Vehicles DRASTICALLY DISCOUNTED-- Blowout Rebates on 2004s & 2005s For