Night fishing tips

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flippinbaits

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Well I went out on my second night fishing trip in as many months. Fished from 7pm to 5am. Fished for largemouth with 3 of my buddies. Just thought i would give some tips for night fishing since I have really pressed it hard this summer.

1) Fish the Moon Phases
Fish with an approaching full moon. The best nights where the fish should be really puttin the feed on are the 3 days or so leading to the full moon. If you fish on the down swing, I feel the fishing is much inferior

2) Fish Cover Similar to Daytime
When casting, pitch your bait into shade pockets. Even tho there isn't sun out, find the darker spots where the moonlight isn't as intense. Find those shad pockets and work that cover around it hard.

3.) Go big with tackle
Its very low light conditoins. So why finesse with super light line? The fish shouldn't be line shy when its that dark. I have been using big mono for cranking and blades, and almost all braid for everything else. Even senkos. Fishing deeper water with senkos allows you to feel every rock and feel those bites.

4.) Go Dark
Fish dark colors in the low light conditions. I prefer dark purples along with the black and blues. However, if you see shad busting with the moon high, dont be afraid to toss a white blade through them.

5.) Be prepared
At night many more obastacles come in your way. Make sure you bring a headlamp and back up batteries. Dress warmly and then bring an extra jacket. Always use correct lighting on your boat if fishing in public waters. Tie all your knots ahead of the game so it is just on less knot you have to tie in the dark.

6.) Use head lamp sparingly
Fish will be spooked at the random turning on and off of the headlamp. To tie, turn away from your intended area to fish, and only use the lamp when needed to tie or for safety reasons.

7.) Bring a Scale
Night fishing tends to bring out the hogs! :shock:

here are some photos of last night. all fish are between 3-5lbs
 
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Man your seriouse about that.
7pm to 5am? Thats Crazy!
I always found the Largemouth bite slows down when it starts to get dark. But this year I HAVE To try Nightfishing for them.
 
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flippinbaits

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Man your seriouse about that.
7pm to 5am? Thats Crazy!
I always found the Largemouth bite slows down when it starts to get dark. But this year I HAVE To try Nightfishing for them.

many people say there is an hour window from right when it gets dark till the moon comes out where the fish stop biting. some say that they need to adjust or adapt. I dont really know that reason or if its true. I haven't come to that conlcusion, but when its on, it doesn't matter what time it is during the night, you'll nail them for 8 straight hours.
 
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Nice job! Never fished at night before, especially for Bass. I was always told they stopped biting once the sunset. Well I am a believer now, Thanks for the Info. Nice Hawg!
 

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