Halloween images typically include various night dwelling creatures such as owls, bats, and black cats. But I would like to nominate the catfish to this infamous list.
There is no solidly colored â€śblack catfish,â€ť but the black bullhead and the male channel catfish during spawning season come close. And although many species of fish can be caught in the evening, the night belongs to catfish. In his book â€śOut There Fishing,â€ť Keith â€śCatfishâ€ť Sutton wrote, â€śMost catfish work the late shift.â€ť
Small eyes, those unique sensory aides and whiskers (barbels), allow catfish to find their prey in any light condition, at any depth, and in the murkiest water.
Mr. Sutton also wrote, â€śOne should fish at night to gain a true appreciation of catfish and the magical world in which they live. At times, offerings of chicken liver or night crawlers will not reach the bottom before a cat inhales the enticement.â€ť
Fishing at night is a completely new ball game. Sounds that you wouldnâ€™t have paid any attention to during the day become of the utmost importance. Branches swaying in the wind, for example, suddenly become Sasquatch. And heâ€™s not bringing more stink bait.
Catfish will bite any time of day, but as far as active creatures of the night, â€śblack catsâ€ť are always a real treat.