Night Fishing Tips and Tricks

Night fishing tips and tricks, techniques, and equipment that will help you catch fish. There are a few difficulties when fishing at night compared to fishing when it is brightly lit. However, night fishing has been widely adopted. 

Most anglers choose night fish during the summer months when the weather is too hot to fish for an entire day. 

As the water gets warmer, the fish move further and further away from the surface. This makes it harder to get bites or make a catch. 

Although some anglers have tried night fishing at one time or another, you need to prepare properly.

Many anglers take up night fishing as a hobby, but it is important to always put extra precautions in place should any unexpected situations arise.

Bass Fishing at Night

The most popular form of night-fishing is bass fishing. The bass are slow-moving and they rarely migrate very far, so bass fishing is a good choice for night-fishing in general. 

Anglers should be able to locate them constantly in the same spots throughout the day, and even at night, so you should always be able to find them wherever you might fish in the day. 

The bass is also accustomed to hiding in the vicinity of man-made structures, or wherever there is a high concentration of the crawfish that they feed on.

If you are interest in catching bass, check this post on how to fish bass in the rain.

Night Fishing Equipment

A heavier tackle will be a better option in the dark in comparison with when you are fishing during the day. Because you cannot see the lure properly, you have to rely on feelings to determine whether the fish bites or not. 

It has been proven that the most effective lures for night fishing are hair jigs, rubber jigs, and pork rinds which have been used successfully for decades. 

There is a large amount of information that needs to be taken into consideration when you are selecting tackle and fishing gear, especially when you are starting.

A very important aspect of catching fish at night is having a bright light source. Many anglers will depend on a “black light” and some type of fluorescent line to find their fish.

Whenever the fishing line is placed under the blacklight, it gets a neon glow, this makes all the subtle motions and movements visible to the fish. 

Having an extra flashlight and a light mounted somewhere on your boat should be the very least protection you have taken to protect yourself from potentially dangerous situations.

The light will help keep yourself and other members visible and safe from an oncoming boat that may be going night fishing as well. 

During the night, the bass fish takes advantage of their sense of smell to be able to eat than they do during the day. 

You are trying to create an impression that there is fresh food or wounded prey. A popular method when night fishing is to create a chum line. 

For those anglers who are not comfortable trolling a chum line, live bait may be a better alternative. 

You should be aware that a few larger species of fish might also come along on occasion and you might not be able to avoid their bites. 

Night Fishing Safety

While preparing for your night-time fishing trip, you need to be extra careful and consider certain matters of safety that you might not take into consideration when on a day fishing trip. 

It is important to check the weather conditions beforehand because when you can only see for a short distance, it is important to avoid being caught in direct rain or deep fog. 

Also, you should be aware of whether your boat is in good working order. It is not something that anyone would ever want to have a boat break down without a warning. 

Also, another essential item you should never forget is a first aid kit when going on a night fishing trip. If you or the person you are with gets hurt, you will require the supplies. 

If you are fishing at night, you must keep on your life jacket at all times. Even if you are an experienced angler, don’t dismiss this safety point. The risks are higher at night.  

Insect repellent is crucial because mosquitoes are looking for a free meal as well, so make sure you remember it. Your whole fishing trip might get ruined if you have to keep fighting bugs. 

It is also important to check before hand whether night fishing is allowed. Some lakes and reservoirs and regions don’t allow fishing at night.

You also want to make sure that you adhere to all the rules and regulations that apply during day fishing. As an example, make sure you have the appropriate fishing permit.  

Final Thoughts

Night fishing is always a consideration for passionate anglers. If you’re just a beginner, you will not know if you like it unless you give it a try. 

If you take the time to prepare properly, you will have a pleasant experience. What other tips do you have that have helped you when night fishing?

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