I take a lot of pride in my fishing, and I especially take pride in my night fishing. It's an acquired skill and one I look at very seriously. That's why this week and for the next two weeks I'm going to discuss night fishing, night fishing and night fishing.
First we're going to talk about why night fishing is a good idea and what gear you need to get in on the action. Next week we'll cover the on-the-water basics. Then, in two weeks, I'm going to tell you some of the finer points that will help you really turn the corner with your night fishing.
Let's get started.
If you fish the usual types of smallmouth waters, summer might seem like your enemy. Your waters are probably deep and clear, and by early June there are more Jet Skiers and water-skiers on the water than you can shake a GLoomis at. If the heat weren't enough to keep the bass from eating, all the surface traffic would do it.
Well, if that's your problem, night fishing just might be your solution. Once the sun goes down, the traffic is usually off the water, the temperature drops enough to make things almost comfortable, and the bass will finally start to feed more. It's like being on a completely different body of water!
On the other hand, if you primarily fish waters that are dingy or muddy and that get little traffic, you can probably catch those bass during the heat of the day. But if you're like most of us, you'll need to trade a little sleep for more smallies.
Gearing up for after-dark bass action isn't tough, and it doesn't require a whole lot of specialized gear, but there are some tools that I don't want to be without once the sun goes down. Let's cover them one by one.
When you're on the water at night, less is more. Instead of six or 10 rods lying on my deck, I want no more than three. Anything more than that is just a problem waiting to happen. They're going to get tangled, you could kick one overboard or they're just generally going to get in your way.
But it's not just rods that you want to cut back on. It's everything. You don't want any unnecessary gear in your boat at night — no extra tackle, no extra snacks and absolutely no extra drink bottles. During the day you can see those things. At night you might step on one and find yourself falling right out of the boat!
Next week we'll go over the fishing gear and methods that will put big smallmouths in your boat even on the hottest days of the year.
Until next time, if you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you. Please e-mail me atStephen@thesmallmouthguru.com.