5 secrets for NJ catfish fishing

4.       If you’re not familiar with the catfish you may not know that they have a tendency of nibbling on the bait for a few seconds before they take it. If you try to set the hook when they are doing this, you’ll pull it out of their mouth and they may not go after it again. Give them time to completely take the bait and then set the hook. You also need to be aware that when they do take it, they will hit hard and run with it. If you’re not prepared, you may end up chasing after your rod and reel.

5.       The white catfish are the most plentiful in small rivers, creeks, streams and canals and they mainly feed off of smaller fish. When seeking out this species, it’s recommended that you try minnows and worms. Unlike most catfish species, the white catfish can be caught fairly easy during the day so you can fish for them anytime with excellent results.

The catfish is truly a remarkable species that can be found in both saltwater and freshwater. Anyone can fish for this species but the novice angler may find reeling them in a little more difficult than they expected. For this reason, if you’re fishing with children, it’s a good idea to be ready to lend a helping hand when they do hook one especially if it’s one of the big boys.

When you go New Jersey catfish fishing it’s a good idea to take along a few accessories that will make your trip more fun and comfortable. Have a well-stocked tackle box that includes a pair of gloves, pliers or hook remover and a good net to help you get the catfish from the water to the boat or shore.

You should also dress comfortably, wear a good pair of shoes and take along sunscreen, snacks and beverages. This way you can truly enjoy your NJ catfish fishing trip instead of thinking about the things you don’t have.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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