Here’s an interesting story from a pond owner that saved one of his larger catfish from some major problems.
It seems that he noticed a basketball floating in the pond and on closer inspection found that it was looking pretty edible to one large catfish.
Upon trying to swallow the thing, it got lodged in the fish’s mouth and he apparently couldn’t dislodge it. Since the ball was filled with air, every time the fish tried to dive, it would be brought back up to the surface again.
When the fish was found, it was tired and fatigued.
The pond owner tried to help the fish out, but couldn’t get the ball out of it’s mouth simply by tugging on it.