Night Fishing: Why You Should Learn to Love It

September 29, 2014

There are numerous reasons that fishing in the night is preferable to the day that don’t include being able to get away from your wife’s snoring—though that is a plus! A little moonlight, a stiff beer and some lure on fish lovemaking will turn your night into a fisherman’s dream.

There’s Less Competition
Humans as a whole—aside from a few outliers—are not creatures of the night. When the light goes out we tend to crawl back into our homes and hide under the covers until the sign rises again, at least during all the years before and after high school and college. That’s great news for the few night owls out there, because that means less competition for fish. You’ll be able to relax on the lake or shore without constantly worrying about who might be trying to move in on your territory or scaring away your next catch.

Some Fish Feed at Night
It’s true, a lot of fish prefer to feed and become more active at night. Whether or not this has something to do with tides and moon phases is still somewhat up for debate, but there’s no denying it’s an actual occurrence in some fish. Smallmouth bass are great examples—they go into a bit of a feeding frenzy during warm, summer nights. That’s because in hot temps oxygen levels decrease in the water and fish become sluggish. A lot of people swear by night fishing to catch catfish because that’s when they feed the most, though that’s kind of a myth.

It’s Cooler at Night
Unless you’re fishing up in Canada or Alaska, it can get awfully hot during prime fishing season in many areas. If you’re like Dracula and have an aversion to the bright sunlight, night fishing is the way to go. You’ll last much longer without getting dehydrated and you’ll sweat a lot less, which your wife will thank you for. Plus, fishing at night helps to keep you from getting a sunburn. It can’t help you with that fish smell though—you’re on your own with that.

The Full Moon Will Guide You
Many night fishermen swear by the full moon. They argue that it will tell you exactly the right spots to fish because the little fellers purposely hide from bright moonlight in the shadows. So next time you find yourself out on the lake half past midnight, look for the darkest spots in the water and let her loose.

Fish Can’t See in The Dark
Okay—that’s not entirely true—fish do see in the dark but, like most animals, their sight becomes limited to shorter distances and it becomes difficult to make out what is right in front of them. This benefits you in two ways. First: they’ll rely on smell more and will be attracted to bait, but are less likely to notice the hook. Second: if you’re using fluorescent or glow-in-the-dark lures (yes, they exist) the bright colors and light they emit will stand out and attract fish to you.

There’s Less Noise
There’s nothing more annoying than a screaming child splashing in the water or the sound of a jet ski barreling your way when you’re trying enjoy a relaxing day on the lake. Luckily—at least in most places—the sun setting eliminates these issues. No surfboards, no cannon balls next to your lure, no obnoxious rap “music”—just you, the fish and sweet, sweet sound of absolutely nothing while you wait for a bite.



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