If you love fishing but are looking for a new challenge or can’t seem to find time during daylight hours, consider going out after the sun goes down. Fishing at night is a different skill from fishing in the same waters by day. You think an area is familiar, but get to know it at night and discover a new side to your favorite spot. Rejuvenate interest in a location that’s become stale by exploring night-time options and fish-hunting techniques while most people sleep.
Some Things Never Change
In many respects your equipment will be the same. Choose a rod and reel suitable for the fish you seek. Different species don’t move in at night, so prepare to catch the same ones as during daylight.
Should You Turn on the Lights?
Fishing without light is daunting and potentially dangerous. Most participants don’t opt to wear night-vision glasses or any high-tech gear; nor do they buy lines that glow in the dark. They feel their way around and use small amounts of light to help them, not floodlights. Fish are sensitive to light; they can tell when something’s not right in their world such as an unexpected glow from above. Then again, you aren’t a nocturnal animal and some illumination is required. Fish don’t flee from areas which receive constant light pollution which can also be used to your advantage. At least you can’t cast a shadow which is sure to send all sorts of aquatic animals fleeing. You could also simply adjust to the night without lights, but that puts you in danger of injury and makes it very difficult to hook bait or tie on flies.
A lot of fishermen who undertake this hobby in inky blackness say light is not as much an issue as noise. Can you row to a location? Could you run an electric motor instead of a clamorous gas one? Maybe you’re at the side of a river or lake and all you need to do is creep up on the place. Even during the day, you should approach a fishing spot with respect and quiet.
Let someone know where you’re going and when. Accidents are more likely to occur at night, so even if you prefer total darkness, come prepared to shed light on a scene and alert emergency services or a shoreline spotter to your whereabouts if you need help. Always wear a life jacket and never drink and fish.
A lot of fishermen are using plastic bait and even bait that makes a little bit of noise or glows in the water. You want to attract the attention of your prey but not create a commotion. Artificial items allow you to control the noise and movement bait will make under the surface.