Needlefish are a type of fish that can be found in brackish and saltwater environments. They are a popular target for recreational fishers due to their size, they can reach up to 50 cm in length, and agility, which makes them a challenge to catch.

Here’s what you need to know about catching needlefish.

What You Need to Catch Needlefish

Before you get started, make sure you have the right gear for catching needlefish. You will need a medium-weight spinning or casting rod with a fast action tip and a reel that is spooled with a 10–20 lb monofilament line.

For bait, live shrimp or cut bait works best. If you plan on fishing from shore, choose an area where there is shallow water (2–3 ft) and lots of structures—rocks, docks, jetties, etc. This is where needlefish like to hang out.

Techniques for Catching Needlefish

Once you’ve selected your spot, it’s time to start fishing! Cast your line out into the water and wait for a bite.

When the fish strikes your bait, set the hook quickly but gently—needlefish have very soft mouths so setting the hook too hard can damage the fish’s mouth and injure it.

Once you have reeled in the fish, use long-nose pliers or hemostats to remove the hook from its mouth as quickly as possible so as not to cause any more distress or injury than necessary.

Tips for Successful Needlefish Fishing

When fishing for needlefish it’s important to remember that they are incredibly skittish—any loud noises or sudden movements may scare them away before they have had a chance to take your bait!

Also, be sure to check local regulations before heading out as some areas may have size limits on certain types of fish such as needlefish.

Finally, if possible try fishing during low light hours such as the early morning or late evening when there are fewer people around—this will help reduce noise levels and increase your chances of success!


Needlefish are both fascinating creatures and exciting catches for anyone who enjoys recreational fishing.

With the right gear and techniques—as well as an understanding of local regulations—catching these elusive critters can be quite rewarding!

So grab your gear and get out on the water; who knows what surprises await? Good luck!