Check out New Jersey-based angler David Park’s answers to our five fishing-related questions below!
What are your favorite fish to catch? Why?
According to David, his favorite fish to catch would probably be the smallmouth bass. “In my opinion, it is pound for pound the hardest fighting freshwater fish,” he reasoned. “They are every baitfish’s worst nightmare.”
Go-to fishing spots
Where are your go-to fishing spots?
When asked about where he likes to fish, David said that his favorite fishing spots are “the ones off the beaten path.” He continued, "There is nothing more rewarding than accidentally stumbling across a honey hole with nothing more than Google Maps!”
Live bait vs. artificial lure
Live bait or artificial lure? Why?
David shared that artificial lures are his go-to. “It takes a certain level of skill to be able to fool an old fish that has seen every lure known to man,” he remarked.
He stated, for instance, that a 5-pound smallmouth bass in New Jersey is likely to be at least 15 years old. “Getting that fish to eat an artificial lure is rewarding!” David said.
Saltwater vs. freshwater
Saltwater or freshwater?
David likes to enjoy the best of both worlds. “Freshwater is more accessible to me, but I dabble into saltwater here and there!” he said.
Biggest or heaviest fish that you've caught?
Though David prefers artificial lure over live bait, he shared with us a number of amazing catches that he has made with both. A 45-pound flathead catfish that he got in Nebraska was his largest catch made using live bait. Being the second largest North American catfish, the flathead catfish can weigh up to 123 pounds (55.79 kg)! On the other hand, David's biggest lure capture was a 33-pound carp that was hooked in the mouth with a chatterbait.
If you’d like to stay tuned on what he’s up to, don’t forget to give David a follow on his personal Instagram account and his Instagram account dedicated to fishing! You can also check out his TikTok account and YouTube channel where he shares his adventures and interesting fishing facts.
You can use his code DKAM20 to get 20 percent off on all Baitium fishing apparel!