Essential Tips For Bass Fishing At Night

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Bass fishing at night is a great way to catch more fish and have more fun, too. It’s also a great way to get the upper hand on any strange, nocturnal instincts that bass might have. Some anglers find that bass is easier to catch at night because their senses are not as finely tuned during daylight hours. Others find night fishing slightly more challenging because it’s hard to see all the lilies and other vegetation on the water’s edge, for example. The experienced angler will find many ways in which night fishing benefits him or her quite directly. Here are tips for bass fishing at night:


Have the right equipment

The first step in any good fishing expedition is to make sure you have the right gear for the job. In the case of night fishing, that means having the right lights and the right equipment to see what you’re doing so that you don’t foul your lines, break your hooks, or otherwise ruin your chances by being careless. A good, bright light will illuminate the area around your boat and the water’s surface. You can choose a light that clips onto your hat or a headlamp that will keep your hands free. A handheld spotlight can also help you see around you. If you’re night fishing from shore or a pier, having a good, bright light that you can focus on your bait and your line is essential. If you’re fishing from a boat, you might want to look into getting an underwater light so you can see the fish swimming around your bait.


Use the moon and the stars to your advantage

Before you set out to night fish, make sure you’re aware of the phases of the moon and when the stars will be out. Depending on where you are and what species of fish you’re after, these two things can help you decide where to fish and what times of the night to try. For example, if you’re after largemouth bass, you might want to go to a lake or a river that has a wide, sandy bottom and shallow water during a full moon. That’s because the light reflecting off the sand and water will attract the attention of smaller fish, which will then be eaten by the bass. The same applies in reverse, of course. If you’re after trout, you might want to go to a river that has a lot of deep pools. During a full moon, fish are more likely to stay in deep water because they’re more easily spooked by light. The same applies to shad, herring, and other fish that prefer to stay near the bottom during a full moon. During a new moon, on the other hand, fish are more likely to congregate near the surface because they’re less spooked by light.


Don’t use excessive bait or weight

Bait and weight are important parts of night fishing, but you need to use them judiciously. You don’t want to use so much bait or weight that you scare the fish away, nor do you want to use so little that you don’t catch anything. That’s why it’s important to keep a careful balance. As far as bait goes, don’t use too much. A handful of corn on the cob, for example, is more than enough for a night fishing expedition if you’re after largemouth bass. A night crawler or two are usually enough to catch a few bluegill or other panfish. It’s not necessary to use a great deal of bait unless you’re looking for a big catch, which you might be if you’re fishing at night during the full moon!


Choose the right location and time of night

As with any type of fishing, you have to start with the right location. You also have to choose the right time of night. It may seem obvious, but most people don’t take the time to sit down and think about it. So long as you have a little bit of knowledge about fish behaviors, you’ll be able to make some pretty good guesses. If you’re after bluegill, for example, you might want to go to a lake or river that has a lot of vegetation on the water’s edge between dusk and dawn. Bluegill likes to stay hidden in the reeds and other vegetation during the day and come out to feed at night. Most fish are more likely to bite at night than during the day because they’re less spooked by light. That’s especially true for fish that live near the bottom of the water. They’re less likely to be alarmed by the light at the surface during the night. For best results, go to a body of water that has fish that like to feed at night. You may have to try a few locations before you find success.


Stay quiet and keep your gear running smoothly

Bass fishing at night can be stressful and challenging, but it doesn’t have to be if you stay quiet and keep your gear well-oiled. That means you should do the following: - Check the oil in your reel before you set out. Make sure it’s well-lubricated so that it will run smoothly and quietly. - Check the line in your rod for any cracks or wear. If you find any, replace them before you head out. - Use a soft-cork line that doesn’t make a lot of noise when it hits the water. - Keep your bait near the end of your line so that it doesn’t rattle or make too much noise when you reel it in. - Try to avoid letting your line gets tangled. That’s especially important if you’re fishing with a partner. If you’re not careful, you may end up tangling up everyone’s lines.


Don’t forget about fish behavior at night

Many fish that you catch at night have nocturnal instincts. That means they’re more likely to feed at night than during the day. It also means they’re more likely to swim near the surface at night than during the day. Keep this in mind when you’re fishing and you may catch more fish. - Bluegill and crappie, for example, prefer to hunt at night. They’re also more likely to stay near the surface at night than during the day. - Shad, herring and other fish that prefer to stay near the bottom during the day are more likely to feed at night.


Check your hook, line, and rig before you start fishing

Before you start fishing, make sure that you check your hooks and line for sharp edges, nicks, and other flaws that could cause you problems. If you find any, fix them before you set out. It’s also a good idea to have extra lines and hooks on hand in case you break something. You should also examine your rig to make sure that it’s secure. If you’re using a slip-bobber rig, for example, make sure that the line is tied on securely but that there’s enough slack to allow the bobber to move freely. If you’re not sure how to rig certain pieces of tackle, look them up online before you go out. Study how to tie knots, for example, so that you’re prepared if you need to fix something on the water.


Go with what works – don’t be afraid to experiment

There are many different ways to night fish. That’s because there are many different species of fish and many different types of water to fish. You’ll also find various schools of thought among experts. That’s why it’s important to try a few different things. Experiment with different lures and baits, different locations, and different times of the night. Keep track of what works & what doesn’t work. Find ways to keep yourself out of your head.


Conclusion

Night fishing is great for catching a few small pan-fish and small mouth bass, but it can also be a challenge. It can be difficult to keep your lure running smoothly while being too far away to see your line clearly in the dark. That’s why you should take a few simple precautions before you go night fishing. Put a bright light on the side of your boat so that you can see your line. If you’re fishing from shore, use a handheld spotlight to illuminate the area around your boat so that you can see what’s lurking in the weeds or among the reeds on the water’s edge. That way, you won’t accidentally foul your line and leave your boat in the middle of the lake. If you’re fishing from a boat, make sure that you have an underwater light that you can focus on your bait so you can make sure it doesn’t get tangled up with your lines. If you’re night fishing from shore, you’ll also need to make sure that you wear dark clothing. And make sure that your clothing is well-fitting enough so that you don’t snag your lines on any nearby vegetation.

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