Monthly Archives: October 2011

Night Fishing for Catfish

On normal days at the local hole in the Mabacan River you can sit for hours and not hook a single catfish.  Recently I was tempted by a friend’s comment that the eels feed at night and so a friend and I tried out night fishing the hole.  The action was twice what it was during the day and we hooked two cats, a turtle, and a paitan in an hour.  Then just this evening I braved the rain and fished again.  I hooked one of the biggest native hito I have caught (around 12″, lol) in the first 30 mins I fished.  So far no eels, but at least I have learned that instead of sitting in the hot sun all day waiting I can fish at night and half much more fun.  Hope this helps.  I hooked all the fish on texas rigged nightcrawlers.  They seem to be the preferred food for the fishes in our river. Sorry for no picture.  I had my hands full with my light, my rod, and my umbrella 🙂


Red Bellied Tilapia (Tilapia Zillii)


Common Name:   Tilapia,

Local Name Tilapia (Tagalog); Tilapia (Cebuano)

Max Size:  40 cm

BiodiversityFreshwater, Brackish

Depth:  1 – 7 m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:  6 inches

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Worms, Masa (doughbait), algae; flies

IUCN Red List Status:  Not Evaluated (NE)

I went fishing this morning in the Mabacan River hoping to catch some carp that I have heard inhabit our area.  I was not able to catch any carp, though I was able to hook this tilapia on a doughball and corn.  I think I am now convinced that these are Red Bellied Tilapia in our river.  There may be other species as well,  but this is the only one that I can identify with certainty.  These are an introduced species.