Fishing at night can be a very exciting and rewarding experience. However, it is quite different from day fishing, so the unprepared fishermen can end up being disappointed. Those who want to get the most out of their night fishing trips should follow these tips.
Fishing in the dark can quickly lead to accidents if tackle and rods are thrown messily all around the deck or dock. Those who do not want to break a rod by stepping on it or end up with a hook in their boot need to take precautions. Fishermen should keep the walkway clear and always put their equipment in the same places. This makes it easier to grab the right item at the right time.
Setup Before It Gets Dark
The best night fishing typically happens right after sunset, so fishers who show up late may miss out on good opportunities. By showing up right as the sun begins to settle, people have more time to prepare, so they are ready to go as soon as it gets dark. Another benefit of a sunset arrival is that it is easier to handle everything when it is not dark yet.
Pay Attention to Water Clarity
Fishermen should change their tactics depending on whether they are fishing in clear or muddy water. In clear water, bass tend to hug the bottom or burrow for cover. They can be lured out with a slow-moving bait placed near the bottom of the water. In murkier water, punching tends to be a better option. Try pitching a ½ ounce or so black jig that has a dark plastic craw or junk. Use a few quick pumps of the rod tip to present the jig, reel it up, and repeat.
Don’t Be Afraid of a Little Disturbance
Most fishermen try to be as quiet and unobtrusive as possible, but when it comes to night fishing, a little activity can actually be a good thing. Turning on a light by a dock can attract shad or sunfish, while a lot of bait motion can help lure fish out of their nighttime positions. On windier nights, spinnerbait fishing can be especially effective.
“Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.” (Ezekiel 47:9)